Over the last twenty-seven 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.
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, Founder & Executive Director
Dara Ojugbele, Program Administrator & Graphic Designer
Utibe Mbagwu, Digital Media Associate & Administrative Assistant
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
Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings
Flora Mbugu Schelling
The programs of African Film Festival, Inc. are made possible by the support of the Bradley Family Foundation, City Bakery, Domenico Paulon Foundation, French Cultural Services, Hudson Hotel, International Organization of La Francophonie, Manhattan Portage Bags, Black Hawk Imports, Motion Picture Enterprises, Inc., National Endowment for the Arts, National Film and Video Foundation, New York City & Company, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York Community Trust, New York State Council on the Arts, South African Consulate General and our media sponsor WNYC.