Film Africa is an annual film festival that offers up a rich serving of African films to a wider audience. It is a platform where African filmmakers can present their work to UK audiences.
The Royal African Society has announced that the 6th annual film festival of Film Africa will hold from 28 October to 6 November.
This year’s festival which spans ten days will be held in locations across London. It will feature the best of African cinema from the continent and its diaspora.
In the course of the festival, participants are often treated to; film screenings, panel discussions, live music, workshops, master classes and award ceremonies.
The 2015 edition, for instance, featured 60 films (cutting across, feature length, short films and documentaries) from 27 African countries.
The subjects dealt with in the entries had covered a wide breadth of topics including; migrant crisis, LGBT rights and civil war and this year’s edition will likely be as engaging.
For a film festival that offers African filmmakers the chance to present their work to UK audiences, enhance a better understanding of the continent through film, create opportunities for networking among film industry experts, and support African filmmakers through awards (the Baobab Award for Best Short Film and the AUF Audience Award for Best Feature Film) and other initiatives, Film Africa has it’s work cut out for it.
Film Africa organizers, the Royal African Society is Britain’s foremost organisation established and charged with the responsibility of promoting Africa in culture, business, politics and academia.
The organisation achieves its objectives through a number of programmes, some of which are the annual ‘Africa writes’ literature and book festival and ‘Film Africa’ launched in 2011.
The programme for the 2016 ‘Film Africa’ festival will be announced at a later date.