FILM AFRICA 2017 http://www.filmafrica.org.uk 10 DAYS OF THE BEST AFRICAN CINEMA IN LONDON Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:11:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 RECREATIVE FILM SCHOOL OPEN CALL http://www.filmafrica.org.uk/recreative-film-school-open-call/ Mon, 04 Sep 2017 15:35:40 +0000 http://www.filmafrica.org.uk/?p=7778 Are you a young filmmaker interested in learning about filmmaking, scriptwriting and film theory? Apply to take part in a five-day workshop, coinciding with Film Africa 2017, and led by Director Saeed Taji Farouky.

The sessions will explore a range of film genres including feature film, documentary and music video through practical workshops, screenings and talks by invited specialists working in the industry. The film school will enable participants to gain a basic practical experience of camera work, learn how to navigate the film industry, and develop their own unique storytelling voice.

Participation in the REcreative Film School 2017 is free, but by application only and space on the course is limited. We are looking for students who are at the beginning of their film career, and in particular those who are from backgrounds which are underrepresented in the film industry.  Experience isn’t necessary but you need to have a passion to learn about film and a willingness to work together as a group.

Submission information:
•    Please complete the application form available to download here and email as a pdf to laura@southlondongallery.org no later than 10am on Monday 25 September 2017
•    We will notify you by Friday 20 October if your submission has been successful
•    Please only apply if you are able to make all of the workshop dates

Sat 4, 11, 18 & 25 Nov & Sat 2 Dec | 10am-6pm | Free

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FILM AFRICA YOUNG AUDIENCES PROGRAMME: PUBLIC SCREENINGS http://www.filmafrica.org.uk/film-africa-young-audiences-programme-public-screenings/ Thu, 31 Aug 2017 16:14:25 +0000 http://www.filmafrica.org.uk/?p=7768 Zarafa  Saturday 28th October 14:00

Dir. Rémi Bezançon and Jean-Christophelie France/Belgium. 2014. 78 mins. Dubbed in English. PG.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under a baobab tree, an old man tells a story to a group of children: the story of the undying friendship between 10-year-old Maki and Zarafa, an orphaned giraffe who is a gift from the Pasha of Egypt to the King of France. But Maki doesn’t want Zarafa to go to France. Instead, he goes on a mission to bring his friend back to his native land – even if it means risking his life. Their adventure takes Maki and Zarafa from Sudan to Paris, passing Alexandria, Marseille and the snow-capped Alps, crossing paths with a pilot, a pirate, and a pair of very unusual cows called Mounh and Sounh. Will they succeed in getting Zarafa back to Egypt?


Stories of our Lives   Saturday 30th September 19:00

Dir. Jim Chuchu Kenya / South Africa. 2014. 50 mins, colour. Eng. / Swahili with Eng. subtitles

Stories of our Lives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two young women are in trouble for their ‘peculiar’ relationship; a farmhand is tormented when the woman he has a crush on begins courting another woman; a young DVD seller is drawn by the sounds emanating from a clandestine gay bar. These are among the tales featured in this beautifully rendered collection of narratives from LGBTI Kenyans. Stories of Our Lives started out as an archival project by the multi-disciplinary Nest Collective, and the testimonies given have been tenderly wrought into funny, endearing – and at times heartbreaking – sketches. Suitability: Age 16+. Themes: Inclusion, LGBTI rights, bullying, adolescence, coming of age, Kenyan politics, human rights.


Shakespeare Focus: Makibefo + KANYE KANYE Saturday 28th October, 14:00   Film Africa Festival 2017, Black History Season

Makibefo Dir. Alexander Abela, France, Madagascar 2001. Malagasy / French with Eng. Subtitles

KanyeKanye Dir. Miklas Manneke South Africa 2013 Zulu with English subtitles

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This double bill celebrates the influence of Shakespeare on African film, with two intriguing stories given a new twist. Makibefo is a stunning, mysterious re-telling of Macbeth set and shot on the island of Madagascar. Action and gesture take centre stage over dialogue, with Shakespeare’s text woven seamlessly into the narrative in the form of a griot-like observer. KANYEKANYE is a colourful, exuberant take on the Romeo and Juliet story,  bringing an energetic warmth to its exploration of the implications of apartheid.


Adama Saturday 25th November, 14:00

Dir. Simon Rouby France. 2015. 85 mins. Animation. French with English subtitles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12-year-old Adama lives in a remote West African village. One night his older brother, Samba, disappears. Defying the village elders, Adama decides to set off in search of him. With the steadfast determination of a child coming of age, he embarks on a quest that takes him over the seas, to the North, to the frontline of the First World War.

Suitability: Age 9+

You can book tickets by phone at 020 8365 5450 or check the event pages here

Our address is Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green, London , N15 4RX.

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FILM AFRICAN YOUNG AUDIENCES PROGRAMME: SCHOOL SCREENINGS http://www.filmafrica.org.uk/film-african-young-audiences-programme-school-screenings/ Thu, 31 Aug 2017 15:58:36 +0000 http://www.filmafrica.org.uk/?p=7756 Adama

Tuesday 3 October 10:30am, Black History Season

Dir. Simon Rouby France. 2015. 85 mins. Animation. French with English subtitles

2-year-old Adama lives in a remote West African village. One night his older brother, Samba, disappears. Defying the village elders, Adama decides to set off in search of him. With the steadfast determination of a child coming of age, he embarks on a quest that takes him over the seas, to the North, to the frontline of the First World War. Suitability: Age 9+ Primary Years 5 and 6; Secondary Years 7-11 Subjects and themes: History, Geography, Citizenship, French, English, World War 1, childhood.


Shakespeare Focus: Makibefo + KANYE KANYE   Tuesday 7 November 10:30am, Black History Season

Makibefo Dir. Alexander Abela, France, Madagascar 2001. Malagasy / French with Eng. Subtitles

KanyeKanye Dir. Miklas Manneke South Africa 2013 Zulu with English subtitles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This double bill celebrates the influence of Shakespeare on African film, with two intriguing stories given a new twist. Makibefo is a stunning, mysterious re-telling of Macbeth set and shot on the island of Madagascar. Action and gesture take centre stage over dialogue, with Shakespeare’s text woven seamlessly into the narrative in the form of a griot-like observer. KANYEKANYE is a colourful, exuberant take on the Romeo and Juliet story,  bringing an energetic warmth to its exploration of the implications of apartheid. Suitability: Years 7 – 13 (ages 11 – 19).

Subjects and themes: English, Media, Drama, Shakespeare.


Booking Information

To book, please email RAS Education Programme Manager Joanna Brown at ras_education@soas.ac.uk  Tickets are £3.50 per student, free to all accompanying teachers.

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Film Africa Young Audiences Programme 2017 at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre http://www.filmafrica.org.uk/film-africa-young-audiences-programme-2017-at-the-bernie-grant-arts-centre/ Thu, 31 Aug 2017 15:43:00 +0000 http://www.filmafrica.org.uk/?p=7751 Film Africa is the Royal African Society’s annual festival celebrating the best African cinema from across the continent and the diaspora. This year, we are proud to be launching Film Africa Young Audiences: an educational programme of screenings of features films, animation and documentaries by film-makers from Africa and the African diaspora for primary schools, secondary schools, university students and youth groups.

We believe that film is a key educational tool to engage, inspire and educate children, young people and their teachers. We celebrate the diversity of the African continent through cinema and aim to make the rich tapestry of African peoples, cultures and experiences more visible to young learners.

All screenings will be introduced and free teaching resources will accompany each film to deepen learning.

Booking Information

To book, please email RAS Education Programme Manager Joanna Brown at ras_education@soas.ac.uk  Tickets are £3.50 per student, free to all accompanying teachers.

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FILM AFRICA ON DEMAND http://www.filmafrica.org.uk/film-africa-on-demand/ Mon, 07 Aug 2017 17:23:44 +0000 http://www.filmafrica.org.uk/?p=7614 Film Africa is working with VOD platform Okiki to bring sixty of the best contemporary African titles to global audiences

Since its inception in 2011, Film Africa has screened 388 films, hosted 132 filmmakers and talent and welcomed live audiences of over 22,000 to venues across London. Film Africa OnDemand will enable viewers all over the world to enjoy an exclusive selection of 60 titles ahead of this year’s festival, which will run from 27 October to 5 November.

Film Africa OnDemand will present an exciting summer programme of the most popular films screened throughout the festival’s six year history, in partnership with London-based Africa-focused consultancy De Charles. Anyone with an iOS, Android or desktop device will be able to access the selected films on the Okiki App.

The first 11 titles launching the campaign are available now to watch:

  1. Adama, dir Simon Rouby (France, 2015)
  2. The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo, dir. Yaba Badoe (Ghana/UK, 2014)
  3. Children of the Mountain, dir. Priscilla Anany (Ghana/USA, 2016)
  4. Coz ov Moni 1, dir. King Luu (Ghana, 2012)
  5. Coz ov Moni 2, dir. King Luu (Ghana, 2013)
  6. Gurumbé: Afro-Andalusian Memories, dir. Miguel Ángel Rosales (Spain, 2016)
  7. The Figurine, dir. Kunle Afolayan (Nigeria, 2011)
  8. October 1, dir.  Kunle Afolayan (Nigeria, 2014)
  9. Phone Swap, dir. Kunle Afolayan (Nigeria, 2012)
  10. The Witches of Gambaga, dir. Yaba Badoe (Ghana/UK, 2012)
  11. The Supreme Price, dir. Joanna Lipper (Nigeria/USA, 2013)

To watch any of these films, all you need to do is download the Okiki App on iOS, Android and desktop device.

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SUBMISSIONS FOR FILM AFRICA 2017 NOW CLOSED http://www.filmafrica.org.uk/submissions-for-film-africa-2017-have-now-closed/ Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:19:19 +0000 http://www.filmafrica.org.uk/?p=7571 Thank you for your submissions!

This year we received over 800 fiction feature, documentary and short film submissions, a record for the festival. Our programmers are busily making their way through the films and everyone who submitted via FilmFreeway will hear from us by mid-September, confirming whether or not you have been successful. Films may be eligible for our festival awards – the Baobab Award for Best Short Film and the Audience Award for Best Feature Film.

Rama Thiaw, director of The Revolution Won’t Be Televised, which screened at Film Africa in 2016 (photo Camille Millerand)

Film Africa will return to screens across London from Friday 27 October – Sunday 5 November 2017, presenting another exciting film programme of films to 10 venues across London. This will be accompanied by a vibrant series of events, including director Q&As, talks and discussions; professional workshops and master classes; school screenings and family activities; the Industry Forum; and Film Africa LIVE! music nights.

In 2016, almost 5,000 people attended the festival featuring a wide-ranging programme of 58 films from across 22 African countries, including 33 World, European, UK or London premieres. We also hosted 23 filmmakers and talent from the continent and the diaspora and a further 32 industry experts and guest contributors who helped to bring the programme to life through Q&As, talks and panel discussions.

 

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2017 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS OPEN http://www.filmafrica.org.uk/2017-call-for-submissions-open/ Tue, 07 Mar 2017 16:02:21 +0000 http://www.filmafrica.org.uk/?p=7485 Want to see your film on the big screen?
Submissions for Film Africa 2017 are now open!

Film Africa is The Royal African Society’s annual festival celebrating the best African cinema from across the continent and diaspora. Now in its seventh year, the festival has become a key platform for African cinema in London and the UK.

From Friday 27 October – Sunday 5 November 2017, we’ll be bringing another exciting film programme of films to 10 venues across London. This will be accompanied by a vibrant series of events, including director Q&As, talks and discussions; professional workshops and master classes; school screenings and family activities; the Industry Forum; and Film Africa LIVE! music nights.

In 2016, almost 5,000 people attended the festival featuring a wide-ranging programme of 58 films from across 22 African countries, including 33 World, European, UK or London premieres. We also hosted 23 filmmakers and talent from the continent and the diaspora and a further 32 industry experts and guest contributors who helped to bring the programme to life through Q&As, talks and panel discussions.

In line with our commitment to screening the finest and boldest contemporary African cinema, the festival accepts films of all lengths and genres, including fiction, documentary, animation and experimental titles. There is no submission fee and, while our main objective is to represent a wide range of films and filmmakers stemming from across the continent and the Diaspora, we also accept submissions from non-African filmmakers whose films relate to Africa. Our focus is on quality from a range of African countries and genres.

Film Africa accepts entries via online submissions platform FilmFreeway.com. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, Vimeo and YouTube integration, and more.

Submit your film: filmfreeway.com/festival/FilmAfrica

The deadline is 30 June 2017.

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

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This event is supported by a strategic partnership between the British Council and The Royal African Society, aimed at increasing networks, sharing knowledge and expertise and making connections between the UK and Africa. The partnership supports four major events in in the Royal African Society’s 2017 programme – Africa in 2017: Prospects and ForecastsAfrica Writes,  Film Africa, and The Arts Forum, taking place in April 2017.

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CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY http://www.filmafrica.org.uk/celebrating-international-womens-day/ Tue, 07 Mar 2017 16:01:59 +0000 http://www.filmafrica.org.uk/?p=7498 In celebration of International Women’s Day 2017, we honour Priscilla Anany, director of Children of the Mountain which won the 2016 Film Africa Audience Award for Best Feature Film.  Priscilla is an advocate of women’s empowerment and likes to tell stories about women and their strengths. Born in Ghana before migrating to the US, she studied Fine Arts at the University of NC School of Arts, School of Filmmaking and obtained her Master’s degree in Communications from New York University.

#BeBoldWithChange

In case you missed her film at the festival last year…

Children of the Mountain
Dir. Priscilla Anany
Ghana, USA. 2016. 101 mins. Akan, Ewe with English subtitles. N/C 15+
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When her baby is born with disabilities, Essuman is told that she has a ‘dirty womb’. Her partner swiftly leaves, shattering her plans for family life and a good place in rural Ghanaian society. Community superstition grows, with whispers of the child’s deformities being the work of the devil. When Essuman can’t find a cure, her desperation mounts, testing her motherly love. Beautifully shot with a stunning central performance from Rukiyat Masud, Priscilla Anany’s debut is a powerful yet subtle story of female empowerment.

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2017 SCHOOL SCREENINGS AND WORKSHOPS BOOKING NOW http://www.filmafrica.org.uk/2017-school-screenings/ Tue, 07 Mar 2017 16:00:38 +0000 http://www.filmafrica.org.uk/?p=7475 Film Africa is the Royal African Society’s annual festival celebrating the best African cinema from across the continent and the diaspora. This year, we are proud to be launching Film Africa Young Audiences: an educational programme of screenings of features films, animation and documentaries by filmmakers from Africa and the African diaspora for schools.

All screenings are followed by an interactive workshop. Admission is £3.50 per student and free for accompanying teachers.

Screenings take place at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre.

Tuesday 23 May: Felix
13-year-old Felix Xaba dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father.
Suitability: Age 9+ Primary Years 5 & 6; Secondary Years 7-11.
Subjects: Music, Geography, Citizenship, English, Media.
More info and book

Tuesday 27 June: Myths and Magic – Animation Showcase and Storytelling Workshop
Suitability: Age 6+ Primary Years 2-5 (ages 6 – 10).
Subjects: English (Speaking and Listening, Reading, Writing), Art, Citizenship.
More info and book

Tuesday 5 September: Stories of our Lives
A beautifully rendered collection of narratives from LGBTI Kenyans.
Suitability: Age 16+.
Themes: inclusion, LGBTI rights, bullying, adolescence, Kenyan politics and human rights.
More info and book

Tuesday 3 October: Adama
A coming of age tale set during the First World War.
Suitability: Age 9+ Primary Years 5 and 6; Secondary Years 7-11.
Subjects: History, Geography, Citizenship, French, English and World War 1.
More info and book

Tuesday 7 November: Double Bill – Shakespeare Focus featuring Makibefo and KanyeKanye
Celebrating the influence of Shakespeare on African film, with two intriguing stories given a new twist.
Suitability: Years 7 – 13 (ages 11 – 19).
Subjects and themes: English, Media, Shakespeare.
More info and book

Booking information: Student tickets are priced at £3.50 (incl. VAT) with free admission for accompanying teachers. Please book your teachers free tickets as well as students below. If you would like your school to be invoiced instead of paying online, please contact ras_education@soas.ac.uk.

Film is a key educational tool to engage, inspire and educate children, young people and their teachers. We celebrate the diversity of the African continent through cinema and aim to make the rich tapestry of African peoples, cultures and experiences more visible to young learners.

We hope to see you and your class at this screening or any of the Film Africa School Screenings during the year.

Film Africa logo board school screenings 2017

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PARTNER WITH US IN 2017 http://www.filmafrica.org.uk/partner-with-us-in-2017/ Tue, 07 Mar 2017 16:00:13 +0000 http://www.filmafrica.org.uk/?p=7506 Running Film Africa is a delightful, exciting, and important undertaking for The Royal African Society that is only possible because of the support of numerous individuals and institutions. We actively welcome partnerships for funding and sponsorship with other organisations who want to be involved with London’s largest celebration of African cinema and culture.

In 2016, almost 5,000 people attended the festival featuring a wide-ranging programme of 58 films from across 22 African countries, including 33 World, European, UK or London premieres. We also hosted 23 filmmakers and talent from the continent and the diaspora and a further 32 industry experts and guest contributors who helped to bring the programme to life through Q&As, talks and panel discussions. From Friday 27 October – Sunday 5 November 2017, we’ll be bringing another exciting film programme of films to 10 venues across London. This will be accompanied by a vibrant series of events, including director Q&As, talks and discussions; professional workshops and master classes; school screenings and family activities; the Industry Forum; and Film Africa LIVE! music nights.

To discuss opportunities for partnerships, please contact Rachael Loughlan, Festival Producer: production@filmafrica.org.uk

Film Africa 2017 Partners

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Film Africa 2017 is supported by a strategic partnership between the British Council and The Royal African Society, aimed at increasing networks, sharing knowledge and expertise and making connections between the UK and Africa. The partnership supports four major events in in the Royal African Society’s 2017 programme – Africa in 2017: Prospects and ForecastsAfrica Writes,  Film Africa, and The Arts Forum, taking place in April 2017.

 

Join the Royal African Society and receive priority access to Film Africa

If you enjoy film and have an interest in Africa, why not consider joining the RAS? As a member, you will receive the programme two days before it goes public as well as helping us to maintain our annual programme of events, including Film Africa, Africa Writes and more.

When you join the Royal African Society you become part of a network of individuals and organisations committed to Africa’s advancement.

You also get to be part of a vibrant society which celebrates, discusses, highlights and promotes Africa through talks, lectures and festivals. Sign up today and start enjoying the benefits of being a member of the UK’s leading Africa focused organisation.

Find out more or join now

Alternatively, we welcome one-off donations to The Royal African Society, for Film Africa or any of our other work. Donate

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