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. 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.