Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF 2014)
4th edition. 5 days. 4 screens. 90 must watch movies.


The 4th edition of AFRIFF is scheduled to hold from November 9th to 16th, 2014 at Tinapa, Calabar, Cross Rivers State, Nigeria.

Welcome to the 4th edition of the Africa International Film Festival
We are once again gathering to celebrate the amazing energy African filmmakers are bringing to the screens with films that thrill, the films that take us on a journey and the films about love, respect and dignity. Our selection this year is an array of feature films, some hard hitting documentaries and a generous selection of shorts representing over 20 countries from all the regions of Africa.

Our Opening Night film is The Square, an Oscar nominated documentary by the Egyptian filmmaker Jehan Noujaim. This is a stunning film that charts the course of three years of Egyptian political upheaval that began 2011. Our Closing Night film is a compact highly enjoyable kinetic action thriller. The young South African director Zee Ntuli displays a mastery of the action genre with breezy performances from its main cast.

Amongst the official feature competition there are plenty of little gems to choose from and they include, Gone Too Far, an adaption from Bola Agbe’s Olivier award winning play set in London. Director Destiny Ekaragha’s outrageously enjoyable comedy focuses on two estranged Nigerian brothers as they meet for the first time. Difret is another affecting feature debut from Ethiopia detailing the traumatic experience of an Ethiopian girl accused of killing a man who had sexually abused her. Nigeria is strongly represented again this year with Tunde Kelani’s Dazzling Mirage, Lancelot Oduma Imasuen’s Invasion and the much anticipated Kunle Afolayan’s October 1.

There is equally a feast of compelling stories in the shorts film category among which there is the African Metropolis presenting six short films examining the complexities of urban life from Abidjan, Cairo, Dakar, Johannesburg, Lagos and Nairobi.

In addition to the wide range of films, the festival also offers industry platforms from development to financing and from pitching and symposia on digital distribution and piracy.

We are aiming for a busy and exciting few days of doing business, networking and to celebrate and explore how digital technology can be used to create a new aesthetic in synch with the realities of today. It is always a daunting task to go through all the submitted titles to fit in a programme that runs for only 8 days but I would like to congratulate and thank all the filmmakers for willing to share their films with us. Our very small festival team has been amazing and I want acknowledge their dedication for this edition.

We are looking forward to meeting you all in Tinapa, Calabar.
Keith Shiri

Afriff 2014 Complete Selection List

Hard to Get
Turning Point
Blood Tokoloshie
Cold habour
Beti and Amare
Nina’s Dowry
Gone too Far
Hear me Move
Imbabazi: The Pardon
October 1
The Child of the Sun
The Land i Call Home
Coz Ov Moni 2 Fokn Revenge
Invasion 1897
Dazzling Mirage
O Espinho De Roza
The Last Three Digits
Mother of George
St Mary’s
The Last Fishing Boat
A Mile from Home
A Single Word
Learning Curve

Finding Fela
Miners Shot Down
National Diploma
I Afrikaner
Leaf in the Wind
One Humanity
WeCome as Friends
The Square
Mugabe, Hero or Villain
Mandela, The Myth and I
Music Messages
Gold is Here
Bamako Year 0
A Portrait of A Lone Farmer
Om Amira
Broken Horizon
The Supreme Price
Stories from our Lives
100 Percent Dakar
Beats of the Antonov

Les Jumeaux de Samba

Crimson Ink Blood and Piss
Soko Sonko
Don’t Conceive
Vengeance is Mine
Derniers Recours
Poisoned Beans
Vex: Fly Wahala
Living Funeral
Beyond Plain Sight
Keys, Money Phone
Ultimate Seat
JD Okhai Photographer
The Treasure
China Town
Will to Power
African Metropolis

Predators Paradise
The Journey
Losing my Pride
Just a Friend
Aissa’s Story
Our Father’s Baby

Best Feature Film – October 1
Best Director – Andrew Dosunmu
Best Screenplay – October 1
Best Nigerian Film – Ojuju by CJ Obasi
Best Female Performance – Thishiwe Zibuqu in Hard To Get
Audience Choice Award – Gone Too Far by Destiny Ekaragha
Best Male Performance – Sadiq Daba in October One
Best Documentary – The Supreme Price By Joanna Lipper
Best Short Film – Stiff By Samantha Nell
Best Student Short – Aissa’s Story By Iquo Essien
Outstanding Jury Award – Om Amira By Naji Ismail

2014 Jury
Muritala Sule
Godfried Donkor
Sherif Awad
Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine
Jacqueline Moepeng Motsepe
Julius Amedume
Pedro Pimenta
Mahmood Ali-Balogun

« AFRIFF is indeed a really good platform to harness the best in African film, I am impressed »
− Gbenga Akinnagbe – The Wire

Festival’s Goodwill Ambassadors: South African actress Xolile Tshabalala and Nollywood star Rita Dominic
Festival’s Artistic Director: Keith Shiri
AFRIFF CEO: Chioma Ude

AFRIFF is a world class showcase that presents a complete immersion into the world of film making with participation from local and international filmmakers and professionals, celebrities, actors, directors, film critics, buyers, distributors, visual artists, film students, amateurs, equipment manufacturers, and international press.

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Muritala Sule
A Filmmaker, TV Producer, Presenter and Scriptwriter, he has practised for close to three decades.. In that period, he has also been a reporter and editor in a magazine and a newspaper. His work in the media has been principally devoted to film and TV matters and issues.. He is also a member of the International Federation of Film Critics, FIPRESCI. Author of two novels and a play, Mr. Sule has been functioning on screener panels and jury of Film and TV Award systems in Nigeria since the mid-1990’s.

Sherif Awad
Born in Cairo, Sherif Awad is a film/video curator who worked as a programmer and
communications manager. In the last few years, Awad has covered international festivals like Berlin, Cannes, Istanbul, Taormina, Rome, Dubai, Oran and Tribeca for both TV and printed media. He is member of FEDEORA and FIPRESCI associations of film critics and was jury member in Pula, Orenburg, Cinedays Skopje, Karlovy Vary, VAFI film festivals, only to name a few.

Pedro Pimenta

Pedro Pimenta started his film career with the National Film Institute of Mozambique in 1977. Since then, he has produced,co-produced or line produced numerous short fiction, documentaries and feature films in his country as well as in other African countries such as Angola, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and South Africa. Pedro is also the founder and Director of DOCKANEMA a documentary film festival in Mozambique and consult with the National Audiovisual and Film Institute (INAC).

Mahmood Ali-Balogun
Mahmood Ali-Balogun, an alumnus of the University of Ife film school. His films include award winning TANGO WITH ME – 2011 (35mm feature), A PLACE CALLED HOME – 1999 (16mm short film) and documentaries DANCE OF THE MAIDENS – Efik traditional marriage rites (2005) and CHILD & WOMEN TRAFFICKING- The New slavery (2002). He is on the Advisory Council for the Nigerian Film Industry and was a member of same for Federation Panafricaine Des Cineates (FEPACI) and the President of the Federation’s 9th Congress in South Africa (2013).

« AFRIFF is indeed a really good platform to harness the best in African film, I am impressed »
− Gbenga Akinnagbe – The Wire
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