Africa Rising Film Festival Goes Virtual For 2020 Edition

Themes include GBV and Black Lives Matter this year.

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Much like other events in the creative space and elsewhere, this year’s Africa Rising International Film Festival will be hosting its 3rd instalment virtually. This year’s festival is scheduled to run from November 27th through 29th.

The virtual edition will include a couple of live experiences. With ARIFF’s mission centred around using film to create awareness and contribute urgent conversations, the festival will be highlighting gender-based violence and Black Lives Matter as part of tackling unjust systems and discourses that underlie the plight of so many.

ARIFF will develop and screen 16 short films and documentaries under the 2020 theme its gender-based violence and equality project dubbed the ARIFF Film for Change: GBV and Equality.

In a press statement seen by QuenchSA, the festival has expressed that the ” main objective of the project is to drive conversation, raise awareness of gender-based violence and equality through the power of cinema and storytelling to push for real change and accountability.”

The short films and documentaries will form part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Women and Children Abuse. The program will also be integrated to the Africa Rising International Film Festival’s training program ARIFF Film Institute where ARIFF mentors over 200 young creatives through Directing, Producing, Scriptwriting, Acting, and technical and creative aspect of filmmaking.

Women, youth, queer community, and people living with disabilities will continue to take centre stage at this year’s Festival.  As we celebrate their work, we also bring attention to the importance of continuing to support these groups in the film industry, to ensure these moments of celebration keep happening. Thematically as ARIFF we want to ensure that all voices left in the shadows are given a spotlight. We are excited about this instalment of the festival as we tackle difficult conversations that continue to erode our society. We will honour those who have lost their lives to both GBV and COVID19 – Lala Tuku

The commissioning process opened on Thursday, 05th November 2020, for emerging Filmmakers, with Scriptwriters and Directors from previously disadvantaged backgrounds within the ages of 18 to 35 with a filmmaking qualification or a year’s worth of directing experience also invited to participate in the development process. Experienced mentors will oversee the commissioned work while also mentoring and upskilling the participants.

The year 2020 will never be forgotten, we have had to all adjust and introspect on what is crucial. As a festival we have had to assess and evaluate how we engage with audiences leading from supporting purpose led content and initiatives. During this time we have explored the lengths of the digital space which has brought the world closer, with Film for Change we will share meaningful content to be seen beyond our borders using digital platforms – Ayanda Sithebe.

The three-day Africa Rising International Film Festival’s 2020 virtual edition programme also includes African and international film screenings/premiers, Round Tables, Masterclasses, SWIFT Hour, ARIFF Film Child, and more. The full African and International film screenings programme will be released closer to the time.

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