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Are You Ready?...

It’s a new dawn, a new day for the future of African independent films. The African Film Festival is in full swing, no chance of slowing down. Are you aware that That The African Film Festival commences the weekend of July 4th? Where would you be on this long weekend? We hope you plan to celebrate with us! Film submissions begin promptly on November 1st and we have added additional award categories that are worth the recognition, read on below.

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It is Time!
Film submissions begin November 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. Filmmakers are urged to Submit their unpublished films now. More than twenty films will be showcased during the festival. Twelve of the best films that meet the selection criteria will be entered into a competition.

Awards will be given in fifteen categories to recognize the best films during the Gala Awards night.

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

AWARD 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
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Get Involved
TAFF welcomes sponsors. An effort such as this is not without strong collaborators and supporters who share our vision. Please contact us if you would like to be a sponsor.
TAFF welcomes volunteers. Volunteers are a vital part of The Festival and volunteering 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 their time, they are given the opportunity to attend ALL Festival events. read more}  

 
 
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 ADVISORY BOARD

Calling all African Filmmakers in Africa and African Diaspora. If you are a filmmaker with a riveting story that you have put to film and would like the world to see, then we encourage you to submit your completed film to The African Film Festival (TAFF). TAFF was founded with the African Filmmaker in mind. We are not only filmmakers but we are also passionate film enthusiasts. We understand what goes into making a film: the pain, the hard work, the lack of finance, lack of wide support, the worries,the emotional turmoil etc.

BENJAMIN OCHIENG

We do understand because we've been there and done that. But many African filmmakers, despite the many setbacks, eventually make their film. The next step is distribution to expose the film to the world to see your hard work. Distribution takes many forms but the easiest one to tackle is screening at a Film Festival like TAFF which was created with the sole purpose of giving voice to the African Filmmaker.

We want to assure all African Filmmakers that TAFF is for them and about them. We therefore encourage all African Filmmakers to submit their films to TAFF where the organizers understand your story and can relate with the efforts you put in to bring your film to life. The submission period is from November 1st, 2015, so please do not hesitate to submit your film. As we say in Africa, the early bird catches the worm.

Benjamin O. Onyango
Advisory Board
The African Film Festival

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

 
 
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