AFRIFF 2016 “AFRIFF has something for everybody”, Afie Braimoh talks 2016 festival

Over 150 selected films will screen across four cinemas in Lagos including Maryland Mall, Genesis Cinemas, Silverbird and the Filmhouse Imax cinema.

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The African International Film Festival is back for a sixth year.

The festival which kicked off yesterday on Sunday, November 13, 2016 with the African premiere of Nate Parker's "Birth Of a Nation" runs until November 20, 2016.

This year’s theme is all about “ Embracing Africa”. AFRIFF Project Manager, Afie Braimoh told Pulse Nigerian it was all about embracing and acknowledging the film industry and culture across the continent.

We are an international film festival, we don’t focus on Nigeria, we focus on the four corners of Africa," she said. 

This year we are embracing Africa in a different light, not just in training but also in the type of films, the quality of the films focusing on women especially as well in filmmaking and in the industry as a whole.

We’re asking filmmakers, producers, actors, directors, let's come together and start talking collaborations,” Braimoh said.

Debola Williams, Rita Dominic and Kunle Afolayan at AFRIFF 2016 play

Debola Williams, Rita Dominic and Kunle Afolayan at AFRIFF 2016

 

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This year saw a submission over 600 short films, feature films and documentaries submitted from countries across Africa, and other countries like Germany, France and China. Over 150 selected films will screen across four cinemas in Lagos including Maryland Mall, Genesis Cinemas, Silverbird and the Filmhouse Imax cinema.

AFRIFF 2016 play

AFRIFF 2016

 

Movies including "93 Days" (Nigeria) by Steve Gukas, "The CEO" (Nigeria) by Kunle Afolayan, "Vaya" (South Africa) by Akin Omotoso, "The Cursed Ones" (U.K) by Nana Obiri, "The Wedding Ring" ( Niger) by Rahmatou Keita, "Kati Kati" (Kenya) by Mbithi Masya, "If Tomorrow Never Comes" (Ghana) by Pascal Amanfo, "Remember Me" (Nigeria) by Izu Ojukwu among others will screen at the event.

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During her interview with Pulse Nigeria, Braimoh talks about AFRIFF’s dedication to training filmmakers as well as other highlights of the event made up of workshops and masterclasses.

Izu Ojukwu's "76" will close the festival on Friday, November 18, 2016 and the 2016 AFRIFF Globe Awards will hold on Saturday, November 19, 2016, at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.

Download the festival schedule here.

Download the film screening schedule here.

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