CALABAR, NIGERIA – Wednesday 20th November 2013 – It’s the 3rd edition of the African International Film Festival, the setting is the multi-billion dollar Tinapa resort in Calabar, Nigeria, where the scenery is breath taking, the weather gorgeous and the parties wild beyond belief and would rival anything put on in Cannes, LA or Toronto but don’t let that deceive you into thinking this event was one huge party fest, far from it, backed by the Oil dollars of the Nigerian and Cross River State Government’s and spurred on by their new understanding of the importance of the fast growing global African film industry, they encouraged and supported the organisers in bringing together a whole new breed of world class player to the event.

The panels were exciting exchanges of information and knowledge; the workshops led by world-class facilitators were vigorous and educational. Filmmakers screened their films under the direction of Keith Shiri as they looked to build audience awareness and secure distribution deals. Actors came looking for Producers and Directors with new projects and major players in this new space for example Paramount Pictures, Talking Drum Entertainment, Sony Pictures, MNET, United Bank for Africa (UBA), NEXIM Bank, Filmhouse Cinemas, Sliverbird Cinemas, Google and Standard Bank just to mention a few came into town to explore distribution, financing and discuss and pick up new film projects.

Chioma Ude
Chioma Ude – Founder AFRIFF

Chioma Ude the Founder/Executive Director eloquently said in her speech “The Africa International Film Festival as found its home and we look forward to building a world class event that will play its role in the global film industry and we hope to be even bigger and better next year”.

For those who were not at the event this year they say, pictures can say it better than a thousand words so enjoy the clips below. SEE YOU ALL NEXT YEAR!!

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