The 1st AfricanÂ International Film Festival (AFRIFF) holds later this year in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital. Mrs. Peace Anyiam_Osigwe,Â 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 Africaâ€™s deep connection with the world through films. With the theme â€œAfrica Unitesâ€, the vision is to reflect a common true African identity and to re_establish Africa as an original home to all.
Anyiam_Osigwe said, â€œAfrica Unitesâ€ to her means â€a way of unification with the world, a reflection of Africaâ€™s desire to be a respected member of the world stage.â€
For her, films are the vehicle for unity. â€œThey have the power to connect people. These filmsâ€™ stories and characters generate a bond with their audience allowing them to relate and feel Africa,â€ 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 Africaâ€™s entertainment industry.
According to AMAA boss,Â AFRIFF is being set up as a result of the success of last yearâ€™s ION International Film Festival â€™09 hosted in Port Harcourt.