AFF brings African films directly to New York neighborhoods with limited cultural resources, taking African cinema out of the art house and into the community. These screenings reach many who may be unable to attend our annual Festival due to cost or location. Community-based program partners have included cultural institutions and city agencies, such as Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Aaron Davis Hall, City College, Ocularis, and the CityParks Foundation, The Trust for Governors Island, Queens Museum of Art, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Columbia University Institute of African Studies, among others, to bring free film screenings, music and dance, workshops, panels and art shows to the public.
Thanks to initial grants from the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations, African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) and the Film Society of Lincoln Center have hosted the major biennial New York African Film Festival, a program devoted to film works about and from Africa and its Diaspora since 1993. These popular events screened at Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and Brooklyn Academy of Music, also included art shows and panel discussions among media professionals and scholars at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Museum for African Art, New York and Columbia Universities. Due to the increase in demand and production of African films, the festival has been presented annually since 1998. The African Film Festival is a non-competitive event. We invite many of the featured filmmakers to introduce their work and hold post-screening discussions with the public. In addition, we sponsor a series of round-table discussions where African filmmakers connect with film industry professionals and their counterparts in the U.S.
The National Traveling Series presents a tailored selection of feature and short films from the latest New York African Film Festival that are not otherwise readily distributed. The aim of the program is to bring African cinema to the broadest possible audience. Screenings are scheduled throughout the year by various cultural and educational institutions.