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African Film Festival

The NY African Film Festival has been presented annually since 1998. The African Film Festival is usually hosted at the Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, or the Brooklyn Academy of Music. African filmmakers have the opportunity to connect with film industry professionals, and media outlets in the USA.

The Cascade Festival of African Films was founded in 1991 by Portland Community College faculty members. Mary Holmström, a native of South Africa and African literature instructor at PCC Cascade from 1989-2001, served as the festival’s film programmer.

The Galway African Film Festival was set up in 2008 to showcase the very best in African Cinema. It is the result of ongoing collaboration between the Galway One World Centre, Galway Film Society and the Huston School of Film & Digital Media. The Galway Film Society (GFS) is one of Irelands longest running film societies.

The Helsinki African Film Festival brings a thought-provoking selection of contemporary African films to Finland. The festival is organized by the HAFF Working Committee, together with Shalin Suomi ry, a non-profit organization based in Finland working on African development issues.

Established in 1992, The Pan African Film Festival is a non-profit corporation that promotes cultural and racial understanding through film, art and creative expression. It is PAFF’s goal to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help to destroy negative stereotypes. Over 150 films are shown, showcasing the diversity and complexity of people of African descent.

Film Africa, the UK’s largest annual festival of African cinema and culture, shows 70 amazing African films. In addition to the Silver Baobab Award for the Best Short African Film, there will also be given the Film Africa Audience Award.

History of African Film

Africa is a vast continent, and its countries have their own specific manner of expression as revealed in the films made by young directors. Each of the following nations has produced noteworthy independent films.

Nigerian Filmmakers

One African nation that is rapidly growing an international cinema industry is Nigeria, responsible for the production of over 1000 films per year. The average cost of a 'Nollywood film' is between $25,000 and $75,000, whereas the average cost of a Hollywood movie in the USA is $250 million. Nigeria's film industry is creating jobs in a country that depends primarily on oil and agriculture.

Kenyan Film Industry

In the case of Kenya, the film industry is still small, and focuses on documentary films about the poor living conditions of people in Kenyan cities. The Kenyan government has enabled the Kenyan cinema to become established as a fledgling industry, with the creation of the Kenyan Film Commission in 2006. In addition, Nairobi houses the Hot Sun Foundation, an organization that incubates young talent in poor areas, lacking access to formal education and professional training. The internationally renowned film, ´Out of Africa,´ portraying Kenya´s colonial history, demonstrates the potential of the Kenyan film industry. In addition, the movie ´Nairobi Half Life´ (2012) was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film.

    Source:   The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy

The National Film & TV Institute in Ghana offers film and television training in Africa. With the rapid technological changes that are now taking place in the film and broadcasting industries, NAFTI is positioning itself to be the premiere center of training in film and television, emphasizing issues of African cultural awareness.

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