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.

FEATURED FILMS FROM 2023

EGÚNGÚN

Olive Nwosu, Fiction, Nigeria and UK, 2021, 14m
In English and Yoruba with English subtitles

Salewa must return home for her mother’s funeral, to Lagos, a place where she once had to hide herself. At the funeral, she runs into an important person from her past, and is forced to go in search of her own peace. Egúngún (Masquerade) is a meditation on home, memory, and identity—on the many versions of ourselves that haunt us.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.

Precious Hair & Beauty

John Ogunmuyiwa, Fiction, UK, 2021 11m
In English and Yoruba with English

John Ogunmuyiwa’s vibrant short is an ode to the mundanity and madness of the high street, told through the window of an African hair salon in London.

FRIEDA

Tisa Chigaga, Fiction, USA, 2022, 8m
In English and Bemba with English subtitles

An older undocumented migrant is summarily dismissed from her housekeeping position. Cast into desperate uncertainty, she roams the city in despair.

MMA MOEKETSI

Reabetswe Moeti, Fiction, South Africa, 2018, 25m
In Sotho with English subtitles

Based on true events, this film recounts a 2012 massacre in which a group of South African mine workers went on a wage-increase strike, leading to a national tragedy in which 34 miners were brutally killed by the police.

BOTLHALE

Reabetswe Moeti, Fiction, South Africa, 2022, 35m
In Setswana with English subtitles

Botlhale, who’s mentally ill, makes new friends and finds love when he’s institutionalized. The comrades plan an escape to Chicken Heart, a fast-food joint, where they’ll live out their fantasies of being high-society people. But their outing collides with the shutting down of their home, forcing the friends to confront tragedy and death head-on.

TUG OF WAR

Amil Shivji, Fiction, Tanzania, South Africa, Germany and Qatar, 2021, 92m
In English and Swahili with English subtitles

Denge, a young freedom fighter, meets Yasmin, an Indian-Zanzibari woman, in the middle of the night as she is on her way to be married. Passion and revolution ensue in this coming-of-age political love story set in the final years of British colonial Zanzibar.

JUWAA

Nganji Mutiri, Belgium and Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2021, 85m
In French and Swahili with English subtitles

Shot in Belgium and the DRC, Juwaa is a subtly powerful drama offering African characters rarely seen on screens. Years after a traumatic night, a son and a mother reconcile and slowly peel away the layers of their complex relationship.

THE LAST SHELTER

Ousmane Samassékou, Documentary, France, Mali and South Africa, 2021, 85m
In Moré, Bambara and French with English subtitles

The House of Migrants in Gao, Mali, is a refuge at the southern edge of the Sahara desert. It welcomes those in transit towards Algeria in the north, or on their way back after a failed attempt to make it to Europe. When Esther and Kady, two teenage girls from Burkina Faso, arrive to regain the strength to continue their journey, they form a friendship with Natacha, a migrant woman in her forties whose memory has faded over the years, along with her hopes of regaining her home. The trio finds a semblance of family life, sharing moments of joy, hope, and tenderness. But the girls can’t shake the dream of a future abroad, even when their journey collides with the ones who came back, burdened by failure and trauma.

SIMPLY BLACK

Jean-Pascal Zadi & John Wax, Fiction, Comedy, France, 2020, 90m
French with English subtitles

JP, a failed 40-year-old actor, decides to organize the first large-scale Black solidarity march in France. But his often-farcical encounters with influential personalities from the community and the self-serving support he receives from French humorist Fary find him torn between his desire to be in the limelight and his genuine commitment as an activist.

Schedule of Events

How to Submit Your Film:

SELECTION CRITERIA

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

NCAFF WILL BE LOOKING AT…

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

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

FESTIVAL CATEGORIES

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

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