African Women in Film Forum – AWIFF 2013
2ème édition


Les femmes africaines professionnelles du cinéma se réunissent pour le Second Forum, à Accra (Ghana).
Pendant 3 jours, avec des débats et des projections.


Day 1
23 September

9:00 – 10:00 – Registration
10:00 – Welcome and update on the 1st AWIFF – Sarah Mukasa, Director of Programmes, African Women’s Development Fund

10:15 – The state of the African film industry today – Prof Linus, Rector, National Film and Television Institute, Ghana

10:30 – African women in film – Yaba Badoe, Writer and Documentary Filmmaker

10:45 – 1:30
‘You want funding? Is your film about AIDS?’ – Facilitator, Sefi Atta, Writer and Playwright
This roundtable discussion on writing compelling social issues for the screen will raise and aim to address issues such as:
– What types of scripts are African women dramatists/film makers producing?
– What are the practicalities and challenges of producing a script?
– Where do women find the money to write?
– What agendas do NGOs have in filmmaking?
– Which audiences are women dramatists aiming to reach?
– What distribution channels are women filmmakers using?

10:45 – 1:30 (Parallel session)
Script writing master class – Facilitator, Ade Solanke, Playwright and Scriptwriter
This master class on script writing will provide tips and techniques on how to write a compelling script and identify ways in which social justice issues can be explored in film
1:30 – 2.30: Lunch Break

2.30 – 3.30
Donor panel on funding for the film industry
This session is an opportunity for funders and filmmakers to have an open conversation about funding opportunities, challenges and to identify ways of working together.
Korkor Amarteifio – Associate Director, Institute for Music and Development
Sarah Mukasa – Director of Programmes, African Women’s Development Fund
Stéphanie Soleansky – Cultural Affairs Attaché, Institut Français du Ghana
Facilitator: Tsitsi Dangaremgba, Writer, Filmmaker, and Founder of the International Images Film Festival for Women

3.30 – 4.30
Identifying Producers, Co-Producers and Film Project Development
This session will focus on how to find producers and co-producers for your film project. This will include the artistic development of a project, and practical insights on how to meet key people in the film industry, whilst gaining recognition in the international film world.
Facilitator: François d’Artemare, Producer and founder of Les Films de l’Après- Midi

6:00pm – 9:00pm
Film screenings and Q&A at Alliance Française
On the Border – Tsitsi Dangarembga
The Witches of Gambaga – Yaba Badoe

Day 2
24 September

10:00 – Screening of a TV episode with script written by Lodi Matsetela

10:30 – 12:30
In Conversation with:
Yaba Badoe – Writer and Documentary Filmmaker
Sarah Bouyain – Writer and Director
Lodi Matsetela – Writer, Producer and Director
Facilitator: Dr Beti Ellerson, Director, Centre for the Study and Research of African Women in Cinema

12:30-1:30 – Lunch

1:30 – 3.30
The Ghanaian Film and Television Industry: Challenges, opportunities and the way forward.
Kwaw Ansah – Writer, Director and Producer
Anita Erskine – TV Host, Producer and Communications Professional
Veronica Quashie – Writer and Film Director
Facilitator: Vincentia Akwetia, Dean of Studies, NAFTI

6.00pm – 9.00pm
Film screenings and Q&A at NAFTI
Perished DiamondsAnita Afonu
Notre Etrangère/The Place in BetweenSarah Bouyain

Day 3
25 September

10:00 – Screening of Kwaku AnanseAkosua Adoma Owusu

10:30 – 12:30pm
The Way Forward: African Women in Film
Tsitsi Dangaremgba – Writer, Director and Founder of the International Images Film Festival for Women
Amaka Igwe – Writer and Director
Akosua Adoma Owusu – Director
Ade Solanke – Playwright and Scriptwriter
Facilitator: Dr Sionne Neely, Knowledge Management Specialist, AWDF

12:30 – 1:30
Action group meetings

1:30 – 2:20 Lunch

2:30 – 3:30
Closing address
Dr Yaba Blay, Co-Director and Assistant Teaching Professor of Africana Studies at Drexel University. Consulting Producer for CNN Black in America 5 – « Who is Black in America? » – a television documentary
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