African Film Festival Inc.

Over the last twenty-four years, AFF has honored its mission by creating diverse programs that aid and empower audiences and filmmakers alike, including our annual New York African Film Festival, which is co-presented with Film Society of Lincoln Center and Brooklyn Academy of Music, our co-curated local, national and international African film and multi-media programs for a variety of cultural, academic and art institutions. Offering year-round programming, AFF showcases new and classic films to thousands, through such programs as the African Film Festival National Traveling Series that visits 13 cities across the United States, and the international program done in collaboration with partners in Brazil, Jamaica, Australia, Mexico and Puerto Rico. 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 at 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

AFF Staff Members


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.


Aminata Diop Aminata Diop is the Program Manager and NYAFF Festival Coordinator. Aminata is a Senegalese journalist and published author based in New York City. Her first novel The Mirth of College, was published in 2011. She is also the founder and editor-in-chief of the cultural webzine Tamaji Magazine.


Francoise Bouffault Françoise Bouffault (French translator, interpreter, consultant) Born and raised in France, Françoise has worked in the Language and Communication Program of the United Nations in New York as Language Instructor for diplomats and UN personnel. Because of her keen interest in African Cinema, she has been a constant supporter of the African Film Festival since its inception serving as facilitator for Francophone filmmakers, solicited as translator or interpreter, and consulted for her editorial and critical advice. In 1997 she produced and directed a documentary about the Sabar Dances of Senegal : “Guew Bi”.