African Film Festivals Around the World
USA / CANADA
AFRICAN DIASPORA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – NEW YORK
An eclectic mix of over 60 foreign, independent, urban and classic films that depict the global Black experience.
Co-directors: Dr. Reinaldo Barroso-Spech and Diarah N’Daw-Spech
Address: ArtMattan Productions, 535 Cathedral Parkway, Suite 14, NY, NY 10025
Web site: www.nyadiff.org
Festival time: November-December
AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL NEW YORK
A week-long offering of African feature and documentary films in conjunction with the Film Society of Lincoln Center in April with additional screenings in April and May at the Institute for African Studies at Columbia University, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and other venues.
Executive director: Mahen Bonetti
Address: African Film Festival, Inc., 154 West 18th Street, Suite 2A, NY, NY 10011
Web site: www.africanfilmny.org
Festival time: April-May
CASCADE FESTIVAL OF AFRICAN FILMS – PORTLAND, OREGON
“Africa through African lenses.” This five-weekend long festival brings Portlanders together to celebrate the richness, complexity and diversity of African peoples and cultures through film and to discuss issues of personal and global significance. The festival showcases 20-23 feature and documentary films from the African continent. Highlights include visiting filmmakers, guest speakers, after-film discussions, Women Filmmakers Week, Family Film Day, and Diaspora Film Night. The festival’s extensive African Video Collection is housed in the Portland Community College Library. The festival is organized and run mainly by volunteers and is offered to the public free of charge.
Address: Portland Community College, Cascade Campus TH118, 705 N. Killingsworth Street, Portland, Oregon 97217
Web site: www.africanfilmfestival.org
Festival time: February-March
NEW AFRICAN FILMS FESTIVAL – WASHINGTON, D.C.
Showcasing the vibrancy of African filmmaking from all corners of the continent.
Web site: transafrica.org/events/
Festival time: March
PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL – LOS ANGELES
Over 100 quality films from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, the South Pacific and Canada, all showcasing the diversity and complexity of people of African descent.
Executive director: Ayuko Babu
Address: 6820 La Tijera Blvd., Suite 200, Los Angeles, California 90045
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site: www.paff.org
Festival time: February
VUES D’AFRIQUE – MONTREAL
Web site: www.vuesdafrique.org
Festival time: April-May
FESTIVAL PANAFRICAIN DU CINÉMA DE OUAGADOUGOU (FESPACO) – BURKINA FASO
FESPACO was founded in 1969 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, thanks to efforts of a few serious African film enthusiasts. Due to the admiration and hope that it inspired amongst the general populace and filmmakers alike, the festival became an institution by governmental decree on January 7, 1972. It is a biennial festival starting the last Saturday in February every odd year. FESPACO’s objectives are to facilitate the screening of all African films; enable contacts and exchanges among film and audiovisual professionals; and contribute to the expansion and development of African cinema, as a means of expression, education and raising awareness.
Web site: www.fespaco.bf
LUXOR AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL – LUXOR, EGYPT
The first Luxor African Film Festival was held in Luxor, Egypt, from February 21 – 28, 2012. Its mission is to support and encourage African film productions and partnerships between the countries of the continent through strengthening the humanitarian and political ties between the peoples of Africa in general and African artists in particular.
Festival president: Sayed Fouad
Address: 33 Haroun Street, Dokki, Cairo, Egypt
Web site: www.luxorafricanfilmfestival.org
SITHENGI CINEMA FESTIVAL – CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
Web site: www.sithengi.co.za
ZANZIBAR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – TANZANIA
Web site: www.zanzibar.org/ziff/
AFRIKA EYE – BRISTOL, UK
Web site: www.afrikaeye.org.uk
AFRICA IN MOTION – EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
Africa In Motion (AiM) is a film festival celebrating the very best in African film-making from across the continent.
Web site: www.africa-in-motion.org.uk
AFRICA IN THE PICTURE – AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Web site: www.africainthepicture.nl
AFRIKA FILM FESTIVAL – LEUVEN, BELGIUM
Web site: www.afrikafilmfestival.be/2005/fr/
FESTIVAL CINEMA AFRICANO – MILAN, ITALY
Web site: www.festivalcinemaafricano.org
FESTIVAL DE CINE AFRICANO – CORDOBA, SPAIN
Web site: www.fcat.es
FESTIVAL DES CINÉMAS D’AFRIQUE DU PAYS D’APT – APT, FRANCE
Web site: www.africapt-festival.fr
FILM AFRICA – LONDON, UK
Film Africa showcases more than 50 of Africa’s best films, past and present.
Web site: www.filmafrica.org.uk
GALWAY AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL – IRELAND
Web site: www.galwayafricanfilmfestival.org
TOKYO AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL – JAPAN
Web site: http://www.cinemaafrica.com