The 1st African  International Film Festival (AFRIFF) holds later this year in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital. Mrs. Peace Anyiam_Osigwe,  founder of AMAA, made this disclosure at the recent 6th Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) held in Yenogoa.

AFRIFF is a celebration of the art of filmmaking Africa’s deep connection with the world through films. With the theme “Africa Unites”, the vision is to reflect a common true African identity and to re_establish Africa as an original home to all.

Anyiam_Osigwe said, “Africa Unites” to her means ”a way of unification with the world, a reflection of Africa’s desire to be a respected member of the world stage.”

For her, films are the vehicle for unity. “They have the power to connect people. These films’ stories and characters generate a bond with their audience allowing them to relate and feel Africa,” she said.

Film makers in Africa and the diaspora will be showcased alongside their counterparts from all across the globe at the event. It will also host both local and international celebrities, actors, directors, film buyers, distributors, visual artists, film students, amateurs, film lovers and the press.

The film festival offers a platform for recognition and interaction between talents and film industry professionals. It will feature a film market, labs, seminars and workshops focusing on key film industry topics as well as new ways of harnessing resources for the ever_growing talent and skill displayed in Africa’s entertainment industry.

According to AMAA boss,  AFRIFF is being set up as a result of the success of last year’s ION International Film Festival ’09 hosted in Port Harcourt.


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