A feast of African films

The Royal African Society has scheduled 28 October to 6 November for its 6th annual film festival, ‘Film Africa’. The 2016 festival spanning ten days will be held in locations across London. It will feature the best of African cinema from the continent and its diaspora.

Highlights of the event usually include film screenings, panel discussions, live music, workshops, master classes and award ceremonies.

The 2015 edition of the festival featured 60 films (including feature films, short films and documentaries) from 27 African countries. The entries dealt with topics such as civil war, migrant crises and LGTBI rights. The 2016 edition promises to be equally engaging.

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A panel at Film Africa 2015. Photo: RAS News & Events/Flickr
A panel at Film Africa 2015. Photo: RAS News & Events/Flickr

A leading organisation for Africa

The Royal African Society is Britain’s foremost organisation established to promote Africa in culture, business, politics and academia. The organisation achieves its objectives through a number of programmes, some of which are the annual ‘Africa writes’ literature and book festival and ‘Film Africa’ launched in 2011.

‘Film Africa’ offers African filmmakers the chance to present their work to UK audiences, enhance a better understanding of the continent through film, create opportunities for networking among film industry experts, and support African filmmakers through awards (the Baobab Award for Best Short Film and the AUF Audience Award for Best Feature Film) and other initiatives.

Programmes for the 2016 ‘Film Africa’ festival will be announced on a later date.

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