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By Shaibu Husseini
07 November 2021   |   2:42 am
The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) begins today in Lagos. In its landmark 10th edition, the festival will open with Michael Pearce’s eagerly anticipated sci-fi thriller,

Victor Okhai<br />

AFRIFF 2021 Begins Today
The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) begins today in Lagos. In its landmark 10th edition, the festival will open with Michael Pearce’s eagerly anticipated sci-fi thriller, Encounter, starring Emmy award winner and Oscar and Golden Globe nominee Riz Ahmed and Oscar-winning actress, Octavia Spencer. The festival will close on November 13 with Bolanle Austen Peters’ Collision Course.

This year’s festival, according to the Founder and Executive Director, Chioma Ude, is dedicated to “Africans for Africa; those who enable us to dream and to celebrate storytelling, which challenges society.”

Over a hundred films will be screened at the festival, which will also feature panel discussions and masterclasses on acting, directing, editing and cinematography. A major highlight of this year’s festival is the special screening of animations and games content. Ude announced that the festival will beam a searchlight on Nigeria’s anime space to deepen the animation and eSports ecosystem on the back of a growing youth population and its overall contribution to the nation’s gross domestic products (GDP).

“The Nigerian anime ecosystem, which is largely untapped, is believed to be about 66 million mobile (eSports) players, of which 44 million are active gamers. Of these numbers, 25 million are mobile online players while 1.2 million play on a personal computer (PC); 1 million play on a console and over 960, 000 viewers in a market yet to be consolidated and have not been served with local content,” she said. Accreditation for festivalgoers will commence today at noon at the venue, FilmHouse Cinemas at Landmark Centre, Lagos. Information on the festival can be sourced at

Entries Open For 2021 IN-SHORT Film Festival
THE International Film and Broadcast Academy (IFBA) has announced a call for entries for the 2021 edition of the IN-SHORT International Film Festival for short films. This edition is organised in partnership with the Goethe Institute Nigeria and Socialight Limited and it will hold in Lagos from November 25 to 27, 2021.

The festival accepts international short films from different genres with a strong focus on short films. Festival Founder and Executive Director, Victor Okhai, disclosed that the festival is targeted at emerging filmmakers, student filmmakers, and telemovies of up to 30 minutes in length. “Filmmakers across the world are invited to submit their short films to compete for the audience choice award,” Okhai said, adding that awards will be handed out in the following categories—best skit, best short film, best documentary, best animations, best actor, best actress, best sound among other awards. Entries can be submitted through the festival film freeway platform.

Cairo International Film Festival, Netflix Partner On Industry Events

ORGANISERS of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) have partnered with global streaming giants — Netflix— to host a number of industry activities at the 4th Cairo Industry Days (CID). CID is held in partnership with the Arab Cinema Centre and will hold from December 1 to 5, 2021 at the Cairo Opera House.

In its 43rd edition, the activities held at CID include masterclasses, workshops, and panels with Netflix Executives as well as Netflix Arabic series producers and cast. The sessions aim to explore important topics related to the Arab entertainment industry and share learning and best practices with Arab talents.

One of Netflix’s most prominent activities at CID includes the second edition of ‘Because She Created’, an initiative that aims to amplify the voices of women filmmakers and talents and bring to light the evolution of women’s roles in the Arab entertainment industry.

The session is hosted exclusively at the 4th edition of the CID and will feature a discussion with one of the Arab world’s most renowned stars, Hend Sabry. CID will also feature a panel discussion dedicated to Netflix’s AlRawabi School for Girls, the show that landed in the Top10 lists of many countries around the world and was dubbed as a regional pop-cultural milestone. The panel will feature the show’s creator and executive producer Tima Shomali, as well as acclaimed actresses Rakeen Saad and Joanna Arida.

The session will focus on the efforts that went into developing and bringing to life the drama-packed teenage story that resonated with viewers around the world. Also, Netflix will also share its best practices and key industry learning in its post-production workshop led by Karim Boutros Ghali, Netflix’s Post Production Manager for the Middle East. Karim will outline the process that works best in the TV and Film industry touching on creativity, budget efficiencies, and scheduling, as well as the most common post-production mistakes.

Reputed as one of the oldest and most attended festivals in the Arab world and Africa, the 43rd Cairo International Film Festival, which is scheduled to hold from November 26 to December 5, 2021, will take into account all preventive steps in compliance with Egyptian government and World Health Organization rules to ensure the safety of participating filmmakers and the general audience.