The story of Africa continues in Dallas at film festival

In its third year, the African Film Festival-TAFF continues to celebrate Africa with stories largely inspired by true life experiences and interpreted with visual clarity through film. Dallas, the fastest growing metroplex in the United States is the choice host city and intends to remain so for years to come. Thanks to the boisterous drive towards inclusion and diversity.

TAFF, a 501( c)(3) non-profit organization created to support the Africa Independent Film Community, promises to showcase one of a kind African independent films that either promote African culture, address issues affecting Africa, or explore African landmarks and historic leaders. This annual festival strives to “Bridge cultures through films” by inviting a diverse audience, to include other film industries to celebrate some of the best films about the African continent.

Kelechi Eke, founder TAFF

In a recent chat, the founder of TAFF, Kelechi Eke reiterated that the 5-day festival kicks off on June 29 through July 3, with storytelling, film screenings, acting workshops, symposium, and will climax with an Awards Gala night.

The submission list continues to grow with exciting and entertaining flicks. The list of panelists, presenters and entertainers for 2018 include; Richard Mofe Damijo, Ben Amushie, Naomi Achu, Yvonne Cherrie Monalisa, Queen Amina and a host of other VIP’s. The festival coincides with the National Independence Day festivities and promises to be the destination of choice for film lovers and supporters of independent filmmakers.

Event Highlights

Friday, June 29th – TAFF opens at African American Museum in Fair Park with Telling Our Stories, a FREE event for children with narrators from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and the United States. In addition, the Dallas Poetry Slam will provide Spoken Words. Bring the children to hear African children stories at its best. Time: 6 – 9 pm.

Saturday & Sunday, June 30th – July 1st – The African Film Festival (TAFF) will showcase unique African Independent film screenings at the African American Museum in Fair Park.  There will be over 50 films showcasing the artistry efforts of great African independent filmmakers and others. Films shown will include those that promote African culture, address issues affecting Africa, about historic African leaders and African landmarks. Screenings will be followed by Q&A session with viewers, filmmakers, actors, directors and producers. Time: 11 am – 7 pm

Monday, July 2nd – The African Film Festival (TAFF) will host at Southern Methodist University (SMU) a free acting class and a symposium entitled “Cenemedics, The Impact of Films on Medicine”.  

Tuesday, July 3rd – The African Film Festival (TAFF) concludes with a grand finale hosted at Moody Performance Hall in Dallas Arts District.  Patrons will participate in a stunning red-carpet Awards Gala ceremony to include presentation of film selection awards and a viewing of a short documentary on Nelson Mandela. Time: 6 pm

For more festival information and film schedule:

TAFF is listed with the Texas Film Commission, the Dallas Film Commission, and the City of Dallas Arts District.

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