12th June, 2013
The Africa International Film Festival, AFRIFF, has called for entries.
AFRIFF’s founder, Chioma Ude, said in Lagos recently that submission of films into the third edition of the festival holding between the 10 and 17 November has begun.
P.M.NEWS Showbiz Trends learnt that as usual there would be four categories of films accepted into competition. These are features, documentaries, animation and short films.
As from this year, other changes have already been made to the festival’s award structure. The awards for excellence in the four film categories at AFRIFF have been increased from five to eleven. These are Best Feature Film, Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress, all under the Feature Film category.
Under the Documentary Film and Animation Film categories, awards will be offered for Best Documentary and Best Animation respectively.
The Short Film category on the other hand now offers two awards, Best Short and Best Student Short. The latter is a new award created as an incentive to students and young filmmakers aimed at recognising and encouraging their creative expressions.
A new award called the Special Jury Award has also been instituted and will be given to the producers. In the opinion of the jury, honour will be bestowed on the most outstanding film, cutting across all the categories of movies submitted. Lastly is the Audience Choice Award, which will be given to the producer of the movie, voted as most liked, at the screenings by viewing participants at the festival.
Ude said monetary prizes for best films in the competition will range between $2,000 and $6,000, and all entries would be accepted until 30 July.