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


Board of Directors

Francis Baffour

Patricia Blanchet

Mahen Bonetti

Rudolf Gedeon

Angelique Kidjo

Ira Moseley

Mamadou Niang

Eric Robertson


Advisory Board

Grace Blake

David Byrne

Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings

Flora Mbugu Schelling

Annabelle Thomas