African Filmmaking in the Digital Era: Bringing New Audiences to African Cinema
20th New York African Film Festival. 6:30-8:30


African Film Festival, Columbia Maison Française & The Institute of African Studies Present…

African Filmmaking in the Digital Era: Bringing New Audiences to African Cinema
Thursday, April 18th

Location: Maison Française
Buell Hall, 2nd Floor
Columbia University
515 West 116th Street
(Broadway Boulevard at West 116th Street)
New York, NY 10027

This panel examines how the next generation of African media makers are using new technological tools in exciting and evolving ways to amplify their voices and find new audiences.These media makers’ use of Skype, cell phones, and portable cameras is leading to an explosion of voices across the digital landscape, from blogs, to new forms of guerilla filmmaking, to new networks of distribution.These media makers are pooling their resources, creating new opportunities for filmmakers who in previous generations lacked the necessary tools to make films.

Moderated by Derica Shields, film critic for Okayafrica

Derica Shields is an editor at Okayafrica where she writes on arts and culture. Born in London, she’s lived in Salvador da Bahia, Cambridge and Ithaca. She recently moved to Brooklyn from upstate New York, where she studied African literature, politics and film.

Panel Discussion With Renowned Media Makers From ACROSS The Industry!


Oluchi Enuha graduated from college in Boston and moved to New York to work as an investment banking analyst at Merrill Lynch for several years. After which he moved to Nigeria to pursue an opportunity with a private equity backed mobile money venture called Pagatech. He now works with Iroko Partners as director of subscription service. Irokotv plus is a premium service which gives users the latest and best movies from as little as .25 a month.

Nikyatu Jusu graduated from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, with an MFA in Film Production in 2010.She wrote and directed award winning short films including her NYU second year film AFRICAN BOOTY SCRATCHER, which went on to earn her a Director’s Guild of America Honorable Mention and an HBO Short Film Award.While at NYU she was nominated for, and won, a Princess Grace Foundation Narrative Film Scholarship in addition to a Spike Lee Fellowship.

Aminata Diop is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Tamaji Magazine, a collaborative, bilingual webzine that features the intellectual forces and creative, artistic game-changers of the Afro-Caribbean community. She is the author of the Mirth of College, a novel about education in the twenty-first century. Her interests include diplomacy, music, traveling and reading.

Frances Bodomo is a Ghanaian filmmaker based in New York City. She grew up on four continents-in Ghana, Norway, California, and Hong Kong-before moving to New York to attend Columbia University as a Kluge Scholar. She received her B.A. in English Literature and Film Studies in 2010. Her thesis focused on making African-generated images part of the popular image of Africa.

Ngozi Odita is the Founder and Creative Director at SocietyHAE. SocietyHAE celebrates artists & the goodness they create worldwide. Centered on fashion, music, art and culture, Society HAE serves as a point of convergence for the creative community across the globe. Their intent is to establish an international collective that supports and nurtures the efforts of emerging artists, musicians, designers and creators worldwide. Ngozi is also the Executive Director of Social Media Week Lagos.

Priscilla Djirackor holds a J.D. from the University of Paris X – Nanterre and an LL.M in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law from Fordham Law School. Priscilla has worked in publishing, marketing and in the music and entertainment industry and currently practices law in New York City. She handles Content Acquisition at Buni TV. Buni TV is a web and mobile distribution platform that aims to become the premier destination for top-quality, independent pan-African video.

For over twenty years, African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) has bridged the divide between post-colonial Africa and the American public through the medium of film. AFF’s unique place in the international arts community is distinguished not only by leadership in festival management but by a comprehensive approach to the advocacy of African film and culture. AFF established the New York African Film Festival (NYAFF) in 1993 with Film Society of Lincoln Center. The New York African Film Festival is presented annually at the Walter Reade Theater by African Film Festival, Inc. and Film Society of Lincoln Center, in association with Brooklyn Academy of Music. AFF also produces a series of local, national, and international programs throughout the year.

African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) arts organization.
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