The African Film Festival (TAFF) successfully launched African Women Arts & Film Festival (AWAFFEST) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. AWAFFEST was created to celebrate and encourage women in the fields of arts and filmmaking. The festival was held in March to celebrate the International Women’s Month.
AWAFFEST opened with screening short films to a capacity crowd at Mlimani City Mall Century Cinemax Theater. The reception of the new festival was impressive with quite diverse crowd and various age groups.
The festival continued with Arts Exhibition at the Village Museum, and Acting Workshop by Dr. Mona Mwakalinga, Film & Media Professor, University of Dar es Salaam.
The honorary awards given at AWAFFEST were: Leadership, Legendary, Pioneers, and Outstanding Achievement Awards. We are proud of these hardworking women.
HON. DR. TULIA ACKSON MWANSASU
Deputy Speaker, National Assembly of Tanzania
MUSOLA CATHERINE KASEKETI
Filmmaker and human rights activist.
First Zambian female professional film director.
KHADIJA OMAR KOPA
Tanzanian Music Icon
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM
Nigerian Actress, Producer, Director
Winners of the Films Category include:
BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE
HEAVEN ON MY MIND (NIGERIA)
BEST NARRATIVE SHORT
SUPER MAMA (TANZANIA)
JULIET IBRAHIM (GHANA)
STEPHANIE OKEREKE LINUS (NIGERIA)
BEST SCRIPT WRITER
HAWA ALIOU N'DIAYE (MALI)
JUDITH AUDU (NIGERIA)
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
SENS DESSUS DESSOUS (GABON)
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
MEMORY OF MISSIONARIES (CONGO)
The complete list of nominees and winners can be found at AWAFFEST website: www.awaffest.org.
AWAFFEST was designed to be a regional festival. Meaning that it would rotate between the five regions of Africa, starting with West Africa – Nigeria. But due to the recently concluded elections we could not make adequate preparations so we decided to launch it in Tanzania. The positive response and reception of the new festival in Dar es Salaam are evidence of good decision made by our Team. Yvonne Cherrie was named the Director of AWAFFEST. We have shifted the positive energy to the preparation of the upcoming festival in Dallas from June 27th to June 30th, 2019. We hope that you would come and be a part of it this year.
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comes with many privileges, including ALL ACCESS PASS to all our events. Volunteers have
opportunities to help shape the event, making it a memorable experience for our filmmakers and
attendees. In exchange for your time, you are given the opportunity to attend ALL Festival
events, including After Parties and Behind the Scene activities.