Organisers of the African Indigenous Language Film Festival (Ailff) have announced dates and jury members for the maiden edition.
Scheduled to hold between March 28 and 31, 2023 in Lagos, the festival, which opened call for submission on December 1, 2022, is aimed at projecting and furthering the progress of African Indigenous language filmmaking through film screening, training workshops and conferences to proffer lasting solutions to distribution and monetisation challenges of indigenous language film genre.
According to the festival promoter, Osezua Stephen-Imobhio, the festival jury is chaired by Prof. Jeremiah Methuselah, who is the Rector of the National Film Institute, Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria.
Members of the jury include Nigerian award winning actors, Mallam Sanni Mu’azu, Chief Ngozi Ezeonu, former president of the Actors Guild Nigeria (AGN) Emeka Ike, Doyin Amodu (UK based filmmaker and Chairperson, TAMPAN UK chapter), Ketsia Fridjon (Cameroun-based film lecturer, dubbing producer and distributor of African content).
Ailff, which focuses exclusively on films shot in African indigenous languages, also has Rahab Njeri Kimani, Nairobi, Kenya-based film distribution expert and Frank K. Hemans, Ghanaian Indie Filmmaker resident in South Africa as jurors.