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#FilmAfrica20 begins TOMORROW! Join and watch for 45 titles from 14 African countries25 Premieres12 socially-distanced screenings at the BFI Southbank Rich Mix8 filmson BFI Player and more!

The Royal African Society is delighted to present the 9th edition of Film Africa, taking place from Friday 30 October to Sunday 8 November 2020. Showcasing 46 titles from 14 different African countries, including 25 UK, European and World premieres, this year’s festival is yet another exciting and eclectic collection of some of the best contemporary cinema stemming from Africa and its global diaspora.

To mitigate the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Film Africa 2020 will consist of a venue programme of 12 socially distanced screenings at the Rich Mix and BFI Southbank, and an online offering of 8 fiction and documentary features, which will be available on the BFI Player’s subscription service throughout the 10 days of the festival. This new online access will enable audiences anywhere in the UK to enjoy Film Africa for the first time from the comfort of their own homes.

The BFI Player offers a 14-day free trial period, which means you could watch our festival films for free and then decide whether to keep enjoying the diverse selection of cinema offered through their subscription. It is also worth highlighting that our venue screenings will have very limited capacity this year, so we strongly recommend booking in advance to secure your cinema tickets.

This year’s special include BEYOND NOLLYWOOD, presented by guest curator Nadia Denton and celebrating new wave audio-visual content from Nigeria; and HERE / NOT HERE, presented in partnership with Deaffest, the UK’s leading Deaf-led Film & Arts Festival. In addition to the core film programme, they will be hosting a series of virtual events

Including live Director Q&As, panel debates and a masterclass on curating African cinema – which anyone in the world will be able to access and enjoy. As part of the online festival experience, they will also be hosting Watch Parties and at-home Dine & View screenings, which we hope will bring a sense of community to all those involved.Some of the festival events will be British Sign Language interpreted, so please look out for the BSL icon throughout the brochure.

The mission at Film Africa remains the same – to offer a platform to showcase and celebrate the best contemporary African cinema in London and the UK – and, as in previous years, they will be presenting the Baobab Award for Best Short Film and the Film Africa Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature Film to recognise and nurture emerging filmmaking talent. The Audience Award is a great way for you to get involved as a festival attendee, so make sure you cast your vote online for any fiction features you watch.

To get more information about what is Film Africa 2020 and what movies can you watch through this event check the file below.

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