The Africa International Film Festival, (AFRIFF) 2017 was concluded yesterday with the AFRIFF Globe Award which included music, dramatization and above all, award presentation. The event which held at the Eko Hotel Convention Center, Victoria Island, Lagos, was described by its founder as “SPLENDID”.
Portraying the week-long exercises, as essentially mind blowing, AFRIFF originator, Chioma Ude, offered thanks to her group for being with her through seven years of arranging what she depicts as one of the greatest film celebrations in Africa.
Facilitated by Nollywood performing artist, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju, bolstered by a French partner, Serge Noukoue, convener of Nollywood Week Paris, the exercises which commenced with a saxophone interpretation of the Nigerian national song of praise, kept up AFRIFF’s convention of facilitating a Broadway-themed appear.
Inviting visitors to the function, AFRIFF’s Project Director, Afie Braimoh portrayed the celebration as seven days of very much arranged occasions, preparing more than 150 understudies, engaging more than 200 grade schools and teaching numerous through topical board discourses and obviously, extraordinary gatherings.
“It’s been seven years and we need to thank our accomplices and backers who have gone ahead this extraordinary voyage with us. As usual, AFRIFF means to please,” she said.
With more than three thousand sections which delivered a thousand five hundred choices, the celebration, witness a progression of screenings, board talks, training and sessions for school kids.
After arrangement of screenings, the Jury at last concocted victors for the AFRIFF Globe Award. Among them were; Best Student Short Film, The Fall (South Africa); Best Short Film, 1745 (UK); Best Documentary, We Have Never Been Kids; Audience Choice Award, Lost Café by Kenneth Gyang; Best French Language Film, Hulu (Mali); Oronto Douglas Memorial Award for Best Nigerian Film, Hakkunde (Nig); Best Screenplay, Dauda Coulibali (Hulu); Best Actor, Ibrahim Kumar (Hulu); Best Actress, Lydia Forson (Keteke); Best Director, Alian Gomis (Felicite); Best Film, I Am Not A Witch (Zambia).
One of the highlight of the show was Kemi Lala’s interpretation of the late Brenda Fassie’s Vulindlela. Her passage was themed after the great film, ‘Coming to America’.
Keeping up its Broadway convention, the night additionally saw a show portraying the difficulties producers experience like obstruction from touts, occasion charges from policemen (who may experience issues decoding the distinctive settings of the film speech, shoot), and most critical of all, control blackout.
Featuring Kunle Afolayan, Kelechi Udegbe (Officer Titus), Greg Oj, the dramatization likewise proffers answers for a portion of the difficulties.
Tending to the group of onlookers, President of the Jury, Janaina Oliveira, from Brazil said that AFRIFF 2017 has been such a superb affair.
“There have been such a large number of stories of such high caliber that kept the jury occupied for a long time. The jury investigated stories of life, love, distress and expectation. The main criteria that we were relied upon to have was to praise film and that is the thing that we as jury have done for the current week inside and out conceivable. Nigerian silver screen is plainly moving and we’d get a kick out of the chance to put accentuation on that. It was a genuine scene of shooting in Africa. Also, that is the reason we’d get a kick out of the chance to show the uncommon prize for exceptional film to Moses Ewang’s motion picture, Alter Ego,” she said.
Likewise speaking, Katie Simmons, the head of Canon, Africa depicted AFRIFF as an energizing, widely inclusive stage to feature and commend the rich and differing film industry in Africa and perceiving the colossal open door that lay ahead.
Among the grant champs were Alade Olufemi, Ojo Oluwafunmi, Dorcas Adetunji, Eric Nwanso, Sope Martins, Angel Oposo, Nnamdi Agbo, Moses Akerele, Amaka Okorogu and a large group of others.
In the interim, the earlier day, AFRIFF wrapped up its film screenings with a Senegalese motion picture, Félicité. A French word for joy, the film harps on life’s incongruities and continuing affection for a mother.
A film by Alian Gomis, Félicité spins around a nearby vocalist, Félicité who frantically needs cash for her 14 year-old child Samo who is engaged with a motorbike mishap.
Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu, a Congolese on-screen character, plays Félicité, a part which brought her the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
The motion picture additionally stars Gaetan Claudia (Samo), Papi Mpaka (Tabu), Nadine Ndebo (Hortense), Elbas Manuana (Luisant) and Kasai Allstars, a 25-piece melodic aggregate situated in Kinshasa, who play themselves.
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