African Film Festival Inc.

Over the last twenty-six years, AFF has honored its mission by creating diverse programs that aid and empower audiences and filmmakers, alike. This includes our annual New York African Film Festival, which is co-presented with Film Society of Lincoln Center and Brooklyn Academy of Music, as well as co-curated local, national and international film and media programs for a variety of cultural, academic and arts institutions. Offering year-round programming, AFF showcases new and classic films to thousands through such programs as the African Film Festival National Traveling Series, which visits up to 13 cities across the United States. We have curated international programs in collaboration with partners in Australia, Burkina Faso, Brazil, Egypt, Jamaica, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Swaziland and Mexico, among others. Furthermore, AFF also runs a series of community-based screenings in which AFF partners with local cultural organizations to present films in a community setting, such as in New York City Parks. In addition to the aforementioned programming, AFF also has several ongoing projects under the umbrella of educational programming, which includes in-school film presentations and discussions with Global Kids, Inc., the French Heritage Language Program, the Cornerstone Mentoring Program, and the East Harlem School at Exodus House and a special screening of African films for AFF’s Young Adults Education Program, which brings together New York City middle and high school students each year to a special matinee program during the annual New York African Film Festival.

African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) arts organization.

AFF Mission

African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) is dedicated to advancing an enhanced understanding of African culture through the moving image. It offers diverse platforms for the wide distribution of African media through its flagship annual film festival and complementary year-round programming. AFF is committed to increasing visibility and recognition for African media artists by introducing African film and culture to a broad range of audiences in the United States and abroad, bypassing economic, class and racial barriers.

In 1990, AFF’s founders established goals that continue to enrich the organization mission and organizational development: To use African cinema to promote and increase knowledge and understanding of African arts, literature and culture; To develop a non-African audience for African films; To expand the opportunities for the distribution of African films in the United States and abroad.



Mahen Bonetti Mahen Bonetti is the Founder and Executive Director of African Film Festival, Inc. As ED, 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 Ougadougou (FESPACO), the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and Africa’s U.S. diplomatic offices, among others. Bonetti is the recipient of France’s Chevalier De L’Ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres, an award bestowed by the French government. Mahen Bonetti is originally from Sierra Leone.

Françoise Bouffault Born and raised in France, Françoise is an anthropologist, writer and linguist. She has taught in Stuttgart, Germany and at the San Marcos university of Lima, Peru. She has been employed at the United Nations Headquarters in New York for twenty five years training Staff and Diplomats in acquiring language proficiency in French. In 1997, after being trained in various forms of Senegalese and Guinean dance, she produced and directed a documentary Guew Bi: Sabar Dances Of Senegal.

She has been a constant supporter of the African Film Festival since its inception in 1993, serving as facilitator for Francophone filmmakers, solicited as translator and interpreter, and consulted for her editorial and critical advice.

Dara Ojugbele Dara Ojugbele is the Program Assistant and NYAFF Festival Coordinator. She is also the Accessibility Coordinator for the festival and all other AFF programs. Dara is a native of New York with a background in fine arts.