Following the Africa International Film Festival’s (AFRIFF’s) addition of three internationally renowned African film experts to its selection and programming team – one a UK-based Zimbabwean and two Nigerians – this year’s edition, which takes place from 10 to 17 November in Calabar, Nigeria, promises to be much improved.
The new faces are Zimbabwean Keith Shiri, who joins as the festival’s programmer and jury coordinator, Andy Amenechi who is the technical director, and Norbert Ajaegbu (Nigerians) as the festival strategist.
“As part of our vision to constantly improve standards in the industry and provide the best services at all times, we are delighted to have these illustrious and acclaimed personalities join the AFRIFF team,’ says founder Chioma Ude.
The annual AFRIFF has four competition categories – feature films, documentaries, animation and shorts.
Several changes have been made by the organisers, including the number of awards for excellence in the categories from five to 11. Awards in the feature film category are best feature film, best screenplay, best director, best actor and best actress, while the documentary and animation categories will offer awards for best documentary and best animation respectively.
The festival was founded in 2009 with a vision to create a platform for the world to appreciate the diversity and creativity of Africa through motion pictures.