The African Film Festival (TAFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to African motion pictures to serve as a platform for educative references to African Culture.

Due to financial constraints, many African filmmakers are not able to premiere their films in cities other than where they reside. TAFF will serve as a Dallas or U.S. premiere opportunity for several filmmakers across the globe, whose films are selected to the festival.

TAFF was created to give the African independent filmmaker a platform to compete in the global market with established filmmakers. African films and its creators will have additional world stage, expanding the market for such films, and creating networking opportunities for seasoned and aspiring practitioners to commiserate on ideas and forge working relationships.

Filmmakers have opportunities for feedback. Each film will be reviewed by a panel of judges made up of industry professionals. Our team include the Executive Director, Board of Directors, Advisory Board, Panel of Judges, Planning Committee, Staff Members, and Volunteers.

Mission

Our mission is to celebrate African culture through motion pictures; to address Social, Economic, Ethnic, Political, Religious, and Health issues that affect the continent; and to provide an equal platform for Independent African filmmakers to showcase and distribute their work on a global scale.

Vision

Our vision is to increase the availability of African films in non-African communities, universities, colleges and in public libraries as reference materials in the study of African culture, history, people, and issues.

The Team

Our team constitutes of the Executive Director, Board of Directors, Advisory Board, Staff Members, Panel of Judges, Planning Committee, and Volunteers.

Kelechi Eke

Kelechi Eke
Executive Director

Kelechi is a Software Engineer and filmmaker. He is the creator of biGObi and the founder of The African Film Festival.

Yeharewerk Gashaw

Actress Yeharewerk Gashaw
TAFF Ambassador

Ambassador Gashaw was the First Ethiopian International model, and also the first Black Actress in the Popular Soap Opera ‘DALLAS’.

Dr. Yazomam Ibekwe

Dr. Yazomam Ibekwe
Marketing Director

Dr. Yaz is a Pharmacist and filmmaker. He is the founder of Townkrier Media, and the co-founder of ATeam branding company.

Juliet Ibrahim

Juliet Ibrahim
TAFF Africa Liaison

Juliet Ibrahim is a Ghanaian filmmaker and humanitarian. She won the Best Actress award at the 2010 Ghana Movie Awards.

Sir Benjamin A. Onyango

Sir Benjamin A. Onyango
Advisory Board

Sir Benjamin is a Hollywood actor from Nairobi, Kenya. He is known for his work in Tears of the Sun and God's Not Dead.

Agnes Nkata

Agnes Nkata
Media Relations

Agnes Nkata is a freelance Journalist; DJ; and Philanthropist. She is the director of The Timalechi Nursery School in Malawi.

Uche Jombo

Uche Jombo
Advisory Board

Uche Jombo is award-winning Nigerian filmmaker. She is the Executive Director of UcheJombo Studios.

Dr. Chris Chinwe Ulasi

Dr. Chris Chinwe Ulasi
Advisory Board

Dr. Ulasi is a professional communicator and the department director of Radio, Television and Film at Texas Southern University.

Monalisa

Yvonne Monalisa
TAFF Ambassador

Monalisa is award-winning actress and a pioneer of Tanzania's movie industry. She won "Best Actress" award at ZIFF 2010.



TAFF became the first African film festival in the city of Dallas and was held in July 2016 with great reception by the African diaspora, the city of Dallas, and suburbs around the Dallas metroplex.

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Proclamation of The African Film Festival was given by the Mayor of Dallas, Michael S. Rawlings, during the inauguration at the Dallas City Hall on July 1st, 2016. Councilmen, Filmmakers, Community leaders, dignitaries, Supporters, the African community, and friends of Africa attended the unique culturally celebrated inauguration.

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City representatives present the proclamation document to the founder of The African Film Festival, Kelechi Eke.

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Nollywood was represented by the festival host, Uche Jombo; and Patience Ozokwo, recepient of 2016 African Film Legend Award. Ethiopian Human Rights Activist and recipient of 2016 African Film Leadership Award, Yeharewerk Gashaw, was also in attendance.