Born in Sierra Leone, Bonetti is a film/media consultant, community organizer and former print editor. Prior to founding AFF, Bonetti worked at Young and Rubicam and at Newsweek’s editorial and advertising division. As the founder of African Film Festival, Inc. and the Executive Director of the New York African Film Festival, she curates and facilitates all AFF programming in conjunction with AFF staff and participating partners. She has served on panels for the PanAfrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO), the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, several United States universities, Africa’s U.S. diplomatic offices, among many others. Bonetti is the recipient of France’s Chevalier De L’Ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres, an award bestowed by the French government.
Dara Ojugbele is the Program Manager for African Film Festival, Inc. and the NYAFF Festival Coordinator. She also manages the AFF website. Dara is a native of New York with a background in fine arts.
Born and raised in Southern California, Utibe Mbagwu is currently pursuing her BA at New York University for Media, Cultures, and Communications. At African Film Festival, Inc. she serves as a Digital Media Associate and Administrative Assistant to the ED.
Advisors and Consultants
Rumbi Bwerinofa-Petrozzello, Development Advisor
Francoise Bouffault, Program Advisor
Keisha Knight, Programming & Archival Advisor
Beatriz Leal Riesco, Program Advisor
Kagendo Murungi, Volunteer Coordinator
Ekwa Msangi, Education Consultant
Rico Speight, Community Programs Consultant