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Many filmmakers delve into the art of filmmaking because of their passion for it. Many of them get discouraged along the way for reasons like lack of a platform to showcase their work. The African Film Festival - TAFF has become the solution. TAFF is "Bridging Cultures Through Film," therefore, ready to take filmmakers and moviegoers on a cinematic journey, on Independence Day weekend. Where will you be? We hope you choose to spend it with us!

Premiere event will be held on July 1-3, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.TAFF will showcase films from all parts of Africa. Early submissions have so far been from Ethiopia, Cameroon, Egypt, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa. Submissions from other countries are expected.

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TAFF has opened the minds of filmmakers in many parts of Africa. It is giving filmmakers the stage to 'speak out' through their work.
TAFF will also put a spotlight on talented African actors and actresses. Every year, thousands of people attend film festivals around the world. Film Festivals give filmmakers, moviegoers, and the artists, the opportunities to be noticed, to network. TAFF is expecting a great number of attendees from America to Zimbabwe. Make sure you will be there! TAFF is currently accepting submissions of feature and documentary films made by filmmakers on issues affecting Africa and Africans. Early Submissions is open till November 30, 2015. We strongly encourage you to submit your unpublished film(s) now. Visit TAFF website: www.theafricanfilmfestival.org and click on "Submit Film”. Fill out the online application and follow the instructions. Please be reminded that the Regular Submissions will be December 1, 2015 - March 31, 2016. We look forward to reviewing your films.

TAFF has gone Regular

Regular submissions begin December 1st. Be sure to register at www.theafricanfilmfestival.org. You can submit your work on FilmFreeway, Vimeo, YouTube, acceptable media formats in Blu-Ray and DVD. Be sure to read and agree to the submission rules before submitting. TAFF is awarding twelve of the best films that meet the selection criteria in fifteen categories:

• Best Narrative Feature
• Best Documentary Feature
• Best Narrative Short
• Best Documentary Short
• Best Director
• Best Actor
• Best Actress
• Best Emerging Filmmaker
• Best Cinematography
• Best Original Soundtrack
• People’s Choice: Best Poster
• People’s Choice: Best Trailer

Selection Criteria

Films that promote African culture
Films that address issues affecting Africa
Films about historic African leaders
Films about historic African landmarks
Films made by African independent filmmakers

WE NEED YOU

Do you have time? Finance? An idea? they’re all welcome. It’s not too late to join us. TAFF needs like minded people that know what it takes to put together a worthy cause. Be sure to check out one of the many ways you can become a part by visiting our website. There are sponsorship opportunities at different levels for any budget. Volunteers are needed for the various aspects of the festival throughout the year. Please contact us with how you’re willing to help at info@theafricanfilmfestival.org.
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WHY DALLAS?
  WHY TAFF IN DALLAS METROPLEX?  
  Dallas Metroplex is a cultural and arts hub, an epicenter of cultural diversity. Part of TAFF’s mission and vision is to bridge cultures through films by creating a greater appreciation of African history and culture.  
 
 
 

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    FROM THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR

We all enjoy a good film. A film has the ability to transcend us beyond our imaginations. We especially enjoy films that are able to touch our souls in a very special way. We appreciate quality films even more, understanding the hard work put into them. A great film is one that leaves us with a greater awareness of ourselves and the world we live in. We want to continue to encourage the painstaking efforts our filmmakers make to put their films on the big screen and entertain us. That is why TAFF has become paramount to African independent filmmakers.

ADAKU UWANDU

I’m especially excited about TAFF because we finally have a platform that caters to Africa that would be recognized and respected beyond the motherland. I’m very passionate about the art of filmmaking and my homeland, so TAFF is the perfect marriage of my two passions. I’m confident in the events yet to unfold in the upcoming festival year. Together we can set TAFF off to a great start. African indie filmmakers are urged to submit their films now. Let’s show the rest of the world the uniqueness that can only be us, never to be duplicated. Movie enthusiasts ought to be on the watch too. There’s a lot planned that will unfold in the months to come. A film festival is as successful as its attendees, which is why each one of us has a role to play to the success of TAFF.

Let’s support the efforts being made now to give African independent filmmakers a foot to stand on, as they endeavor to showcase their artistry and passion, as they continue to tell the stories we’ve all thought about, shed light on issues that affect us. If you’re a filmmaker with a compelling motion picture, your time is now. Who knows, your work just might inspire generations to come. Africa needs you.

Adaku Uwandu
Program Director
The African Film Festival
 
 
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