About the NC African Film Festival

Moving forward into the future while building upon the past, the North Carolina African Film Festival (NCAFF) takes cinema of all genres throughout Africa and the African Diaspora to create a story of the present. The festival selects treasured stories of the past to visualize the present and all of its possibilities.


The North Carolina African Film Festival is brought to you by Cultural Heritage Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


The film festival showcases films that are influenced by African stories that focus on social issues, economic development as well as conflict resolution. The films are made by people of African descent. NCAFF showcases the artistry and the tireless efforts of some of the best filmmakers, while “closing culture gaps through the film festival” and discussions that will follow several films. By addressing and including a diverse audience we will celebrate inclusion and awareness of some of the best films about the African continent.

NCAFF welcomes Sponsors and Partners

Collaborators and partners who share the vision of supporting African culture and history at its finest are invited to participate. 


Please contact us if you would like to be a sponsor. We are very excited to have  Great Partners, who work with the local community and those who are active in the area. Corporate sponsors are encouraged to participate as well. 

NCAFF welcomes volunteers.

Volunteers are a vital part of the North Carolina African Film Festival. Being a volunteer comes with many privileges which includes receiving an ALL ACCESS PASS to all film 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.


With the dedication and relentless effort of the wonderful NCAFF Ambassadors, we have been able to schedule and host a free film workshop in our community; giving youth aspiring filmmakers an opportunity to be exposed to the fundamentals of filmmaking as well as experiences in acting, directing, scriptwriting, or choreography.


NCAFF is growing rapidly and positively within a short period of time. Apart from developing film workshops NCAFF appreciates the arts and stories of Africa to celebrate film practitioners and to empower aspiring artists.



Sylvie Weber, DR Congo, 2018, 22m
In Swahil and Mashi with English subtitles

The Prophetess is a story of overcoming struggle through gumption and sisterhood. Furaha and Venantie have survived physical and psychological traumas we could never imagine. Set in the South Kivu region in the DR Congo, the pair has experienced horrific sexual terrorism by the FDLR militia, yet in each other they find the strength to make a change and tell their own stories, devoid of societal pressures. Their strength is so great, it empowers their entire female community to set out for a different future. Contemporaneously, the mythical story of Kimpa Vita plays out – the mother of a revolution, who stood and suffered for all women in her fight against patriarchy and colonialism.


Aderonke Adeola, Nigeria, 2018, 38m
In English

Awani serves as a timeline that examines the evolution of the role of Nigerian women, starting from pre-colonial Nigeria to the present day. The documentary uses a blend of archival footage and expert commentary to explore how colonialism has shaped political and social attitudes towards women, but to also celebrate women from the past. Awani is a thought-provoking documentary that aims to simply answer the question, how did we get here?


Aïcha Elhadj Macky, Niger/France, 2016, 52min
French and Hausa with English subtitles

As a married but childless woman, Aicha finds herself in a situation that is totally “out of the ordinary” in her country, Niger, where women are expected to have children. But just like everywhere else in the world today, Niger also experiences problems with infertility. Based on her personal story, Aicha Macky explores the private suffering of women in her situation with great sensitivity. Speaking openly as a childless woman among mothers, she breaks a taboo in Nigerien society. 


Joël Karekezi, Belgique/France, 2018, 91m
In French and Swahili with English subtitles

At the outbreak of the Second Congo War, Rwandan soldiers Sergeant Xavier and Private Faustin are sent to hunt down Hutu rebels in the vast jungles of eastern Congo. Xavier is a stoic veteran of the ethnic wars that have plagued his country for years; Faustin is an eager young recruit who joined the army to avenge the death of his father and brothers. Under the relentless command of Major Kayitare, they march 80 kilometers a day in pursuit of the murderers of nearly one million Tutsis during the Rwandan genocide four years earlier. When they are accidentally left behind in the jungle, with only each other to rely on, they embark on an odyssey through one of the most beautiful, yet treacherous forests on earth, faced with the depths of their own war-torn souls.


Apolline Traoré, Burkina Faso, 2017, 90min
French with English subtitles

In this tragic-comic tale, four women—Adjara, Emma, Sali and Vishaa—meet while riding buses across West African borders, starting in Dakar and traveling to Lagos through Bamako, Cotonou and Ouagadougou. Despite the gorgeous landscapes of the Atlantic coast and the Sahel, not everything is beautiful: they undergo car breakdowns in the stifling heat, face highway robbers, and endure fights between passengers. But their worst fears are realized in the liminal space of the border itself, where they witness great corruption, violence against women, and dangerous traffic. To survive, the women must stick together and take care of each other: the consequences of this trip will change their lives.

Schedule of Events from our 2020 Festival

How to Submit Your Film:


We are proud to celebrate with you through the eyes of the lens, the richness of African culture and heritage. Some of Africa’s setbacks would be shared during the North Carolina African Film Festival.

We therefore encourage the world to make films about Africa; and our selection criteria will be based on the following:

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


Film Feature:
Short Film:
Documentary Feature:
Documentary Short:
Original Score:

A panel of judges will grade each submitted film based on a score card. Each film will be scored based on different categories on a 1-10 scale. Averages will be measured to select the winners.

Each film will be graded based on the following categories:

  • Screenplay
  • Picture Quality
  • Performance
  • Sound Quality
  • Visual Effects
  • Original Score
  • Continuity


Best Film Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Short Film
Best Documentary Short

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