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African Cinema Links

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African Cinema

The African Film Library: the largest online library of African Films in the World

California Newsreel ‘s Library of African Cinema

California Newsreel: Viewing African Cinema- Six Pointers

Center for the Study and Research of African Women in Cinema

Screen Africa’s mission is to provide insightful and compelling information in its print and electronic publications about the South African professional entertainment industry, which comprises film, TV, commercials and new media production as well as events and professional equipment. We also cover film and television news from other countries in Africa. Our print magazine, website and e-mail newsletter strive for balanced coverage of creative, production and technological material.

Africiné: le site de la Fédération Africaine de la Critique Cinématographique

cinetoile: An African Cinema Network

Scenarios from Africa: The SCENARIOS films are created by Africa’s most celebrated filmmakers, among them the continent’s premier female director – Fanta Régina Nacro of Burkina Faso – and four men who have won the grand prize at the Pan-African Film Festival (FESPACO, Africa’s Oscars): Cheick Oumar Sissoko of Mali, Newton I. Aduaka of Nigeria, Idrissa Ouédraogo of Burkina Faso, and Abderrahmane Sissako of Mauritania. The films are effective at generating dialogue and personal reflection about AIDS; at improving attitudes towards those most affected by the epidemic and so helping to combat stigma and discrimination; and at encouraging people to protect themselves from infection. They are highly valued by broadcasters, NGOs and CBOs, schools and businesses across the continent and beyond. Films can be downloaded at this site.

African Film Festivals

FESPACO: The Pan-African Film & TV Festival of Ouagadougou FESPACO was established in 1969 at the instance of a group of film enthusiasts willing to promote the true face of Africa and her way of being. The interest and hope the festival created at its 1969 and 1970 editions among the African public and film goers alike saw it turn into an institution in January 1972 with the introduction of a Grand Prize known as the Etalon de Yennenga. Ever since the sixth edition in 1979, the festival became a biennial event starting on the last Saturday of February each odd numbered year. FESPACO’s objectives include promoting African cinema, fostering the distribution and broadcasting of all African film productions both inside and outside Burkina Faso, and providing a platform for the industry people to meet and share experiences.

Africa in the Picture Film Festival (Based in Holland): Africa in the Picture is a film festival that focuses on the work of filmmakers from Africa and the African Diaspora. Every year the festival shows more than 50 recent films, documentaries and shorts, often in the presence of the filmmaker

Film Africa-Celebrating African Cinema (Based in Britain): 10 days of more than fifty of the best African fiction and documentary films from across the continent. With lively Q&As and panel discussions featuring leading African filmmakers, and a dynamic programme of cultural events.

African Film Festival of Cordoba was organized since 2004 during the spring in Tarifa, Spain, and will now take place every autumn in Córdoba, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with 2,000 years of history, cradle of civilizations and cultures.It provides African films and filmmakers with a platform to reach European audiences and film professionals.

The Cascade Festival of African Films was founded in 1991 by four Portland Community College faculty members. Linda Elegant, English and writing instructor, served as the festival coordinator in the beginning years. Mary Holmström, a native of South Africa and African literature instructor at the Cascade Campus from 1989-2001, served as the festival’s film programmer. Michael Dembrow, English and film studies instructor, wrote the festival’s renowned film notes. Joseph Smith-Buani, a native of Sierra Leone and math instructor, was the festival’s host. Approximately 400 people attended the First Annual Cascade Festival of African Films in February 1991. Today, over 5,500 people attend the festival annually.

African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) is a New York non-profit 501(c)(3) arts organization. The organization, established in 1990, began as an ad hoc committee of African and American artists and scholars.

Amakula Kampala International Film Festival was inaugurated on May 21, 2004. The success of the first festival has secured it a place as an annual event in Kampala, Uganda. The festival will continue to showcase world cinema both classic and contemporary, with a special focus on African cinema, while bringing international and regional filmmakers together to help create an inspiring and conducive environment for cinema culture. Focused every year on a specific theme the festival will screen films, invite filmmakers to introduce their work, organize workshops and seminars on the practice and theory of film in general and new approaches and developments in Africa in particular, and commission special multi-disciplinary projects in order to inspire an energetic independent culture.

ZIFF (Zanzibar International Film Festival) was established in Zanzibar in 1997 as a non-governmental organisation committed to the support and promote the arts and culture of the Dhow Region. The first Festival held in July ’98 and the second in July ’99, have increasingly attracted a wide variety of filmmakers, artists, as well as visitors to Zanzibar from all over the world.

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