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.
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.
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.
Our team constitutes of the Executive Director, Board of Directors, Advisory Board, Staff Members, Panel of Judges, Planning Committee, and Volunteers.
Kelechi is a Software Engineer and filmmaker. He is the creator of biGObi and the founder of The African Film Festival.
Actress Yeharewerk Gashaw
Ambassador Gashaw was the First Ethiopian International model, and also the first Black Actress in the Popular Soap Opera ‘DALLAS’.
Dr. Yazomam Ibekwe
Dr. Yaz is a Pharmacist and filmmaker. He is the founder of Townkrier Media, and the co-founder of ATeam branding company.
TAFF Africa Liaison
Juliet Ibrahim is a Ghanaian filmmaker and humanitarian. She won the Best Actress award at the 2010 Ghana Movie Awards.
Uche Jombo is award-winning Nigerian filmmaker. She is the Executive Director of UcheJombo Studios.
Dr. Chris Chinwe Ulasi
Dr. Ulasi is a professional communicator and the department director of Radio, Television and Film at Texas Southern University.
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.
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.
City representatives present the proclamation document to the founder of The African Film Festival, Kelechi Eke.
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.