Film Africa 2015 is just three days away now! Preparations are well underway – volunteers have been briefed, films have been distributed, bags are being printed, tickets are selling quickly – and our excitement grows with every hour we get closer to the festival.
We kick off with our Opening Gala this Friday, the London Premiere of Run at Picturehouse Central cinema for which the director, Philippe Lacôte, will be present for a Q&A session after the screening. He is one of the seventeen directors that we are happy to have attend Film Africa this year.
Our line-up of panellists for the annual Film Africa Industry Forum, taking place 2 November at BFI Southbank, has now been confirmed! We’re excited to have among this excellent line-up Cecile Emeke, whose online series Strolling has become widely popular for its bold documentation of black diaspora experiences, and Nigerian director Biyi Bandele who brought the pages of Chimamanda Adichie’s epic novel Half of a Yellow Sun to the big screen.
Then of course we have plenty of films scheduled in our programme for the ten days of the festival. With over sixty films from twenty-six African countries with such a diverse range of subjects, themes and narratives it’s hard to pin-point highlights, although we did make an attempt, but you will have the opportunity for your opinions to declare a favourite this year with the new AUF Audience Award. We are excited this year to be collaborating with the other UK African films festivals and the BFI Love Season for our From Africa, With Love strand, with five films telling tales of passion, lust and tenderness.
We hope by now you have seen our 2015 trailer! We have teamed up with The Africa Channel, one of our media and cultural partners, to have run a campaign on air so keep a look out if you watch the channel. And whilst you are out and about in London you may spot some of our printed brochures displayed in venues and cafes and our posters hung up in cinemas.
If you already have your Film Africa tickets let us know what you are going to see – we always love to hear from you on Facebook and Twitter – and if you have not already then we recommend you book now!
See you soon,
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