The organisers of the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) recently announced that the 12th edition of the festival would be held from November 5 to November 11, 2023.
During a media briefing in Lagos, Chioma Ude, founder of AFRIFF, said the festival with the theme Indigenous to Global 2.0 would focus mainly on promoting and projecting indigenous content to the global audience.
She said the platform had generated 1,000 quality films to be exhibited during the festival.
“This festival edition is essential because creatives would be exposed to a series of learning, cutting across filmmaking, makeup act, designers and more.
“We need to understand international policies and laws to sell our indigenous content globally,” she said.
Also speaking on the previous edition, the Consul General at the United States Consulate in Lagos, Will Stevens, said, “I am grateful to be here. Last year’s festival was so incredible, I’m looking forward to this year’s edition. This is all about building Nigeria for the world, America grew based on what people see about the nation, and it is now Nigeria’s time.
“It has been amazing supporting AFRIFF for nine years now, and we are grateful for the partnership.”
In his remarks, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State expressed the state’s willingness and readiness to partner with the organisers of AFRIFF to achieve a beautiful and successful festival.
Sanwo-Olu said that the 12th edition of AFRIFF would be the biggest and boldest as it would be positioned to speak to the state’s economic agenda.
“We are excited to be part of this, and when we tell our stories, we are better understood and well embraced.
“As the government, we commit our resources and time to whatever that has to put the state and nation’s creative industry on the global stage.
“This is the time to collaborate to protect our indigenous content for global acceptance,” he said.