Fifty filmmakers, writers and cultural producers from Burkina Faso, France, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States and Zimbabwe are participating in the 2nd African Women in Film Forum (AWIFF) in Accra, Ghana, that opened on Monday. The theme is: ‘Creating Compelling Social Justice Content for Film and Television’.
The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) has convened the forum with support from Alliance Française Accra, Brand Woman Africa, National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI), Institut Francais and the Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts in Nigeria.
The programme has an incredible list of speakers, including Ade Solanke of Spora Stories who wrote the screenplay for Nigerian director Tunde Kelani’s forthcoming film, Dazzling Mirage; Akosua Adoma Owusu, Director of KWAKU ANANSE; Amaka Igwe who has to her credit production of over 400 hours of TV programming and movies; Anita Afonu, director of Perished Diamonds; Anita Erskine, host of Making of a Mogul; Dr Beti Ellerson, director for the Centre for the Study and Research of African Women in Cinema; Dr Sionne Neely, knowledge management specialist at AWDF; Dr Yaba Blay, assistant teaching professor of Africana Studies at Drexel University and consulting producer for CNN’s Black in America 5 – Who is Black in America?; François d’Artemare, founder of Les Films de l’Après-Midi; Korkor Amarteifio, associate director of the Institute for Music and Development; Kwaw Ansah, director of Love Brewed in the African Pot; Lodi Matsetela, script writer and producer of Society, originally flighted on South African Broadcasting Corporation; Prof.
Linus Abraham, rector of NAFTI; Sarah Bouyain, director of Notre Etrangere/The Place in Between; Sarah Mukasa, director of programmes, AWDF; Sefi Atta, playwright and author of Everything Good Will Come; Stéphanie Soleansky, cultural affairs attaché at Institut Français du Ghana; Tsitsi Dangarembga, author of Nervous Conditions; Vicentia Akwetey, dean of studies, NAFTI; Veronica Q-Nai, writer and director behind A Call at Midnight and Yaba Badoe, director and co-producer of The Witches of Gambaga.