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.

The programs of African Film Festival, Inc. have been made possible by the past and present support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Africa is a Country, Bradley Family Foundation, City Bakery, Columbia University’s Institute of African Studies, Divine Chocolate, Domenico Paulon Foundation, FlavorPill, French Cultural Services, Hudson Hotel, International Organization of La Francophonie, Lambent Foundation, Manhattan Portage Bags, MetroWine, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City & Company, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York Community Trust, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York Times Community Affairs Department, Open Society Initiative for West Africa, SN Brussels, South African Consulate General, the United Nations’ Department of Public Information, Voss USA, Inc., and our media sponsor WNYC.


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