AFF History


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.