Ife International Film Festival


Features, shorts, animation and documentaries by African filmmakers
January 26 – 30, 2009 


THEME: African Film: 'Looking Back and Looking Forward'

The 2nd Ife Film Festival is a historical voyage, showing African films in different phases: the colonial phase, the post-colonial phase, the modern phase and the post-modern phase. 

The Festival, with the theme, African Film: 'Looking back and Looking Forward', will bring together African film practitioners, academics, audiences, tourists and others from many countries in Africa. The focus will be on a filmic historical voyage. History is a very important aspect of life. It reminds people of the past and points the way into the future. It is important to see films produced in Africa in the past and compare them with what is being done presently. It is expected that the festival will encourage greater intellectual and creative commitment on the part of practitioners as well as a better production environment provided by the government.?????

For each participating country, films that were shot in the four different phases will be shown. This will give an opportunity to see how film art has developed in each country. In many African countries, celluloid films are no longer being produced due to financial difficulties. The festival will make provision for all types of films – celluloid, video, high budget, low budget and no-budget.

The festival will combine keynote lectures, plenary sessions and workshops with screenings of films from different African countries and African filmmakers in the Diaspora.

We invite panel and paper proposals that address the theme and the following sub-themes:

Historical Value of the African Film
African film Production, Distribution and Exhibition
Thematic construct of the African Film
The policy environment of the African Film
African Film Genres
Aesthetics of the African Film   
African Film, Politics and Ideology
African Film and Adaptations
African Film Audience
African Film and the New Media
Articles are also welcome on all topics and current issues relating to the African Film.

Financial Support: There is a limited amount of funding available to cover travel expenses for a few participants: priority for this will be given to participants from Africa (outside Nigeria) to enable them attend the conference.

Submission Deadlines:

Submission of Abstracts: November 30, 2008
Submission of Film Entries: November 30, 2008
Submission of Full Papers:   December 15, 2008

http://ifefilmfestival.bravehost.com/ for detailed instructions for authors
Enquiries and submissions should be directed to:
Dr. (Mrs.) Foluke Ogunleye
Department of Dramatic Arts
P. O. Box 1904
Obafemi Awolowo University
Ile-Ife, Nigeria
e-mail: ifefilmfestival@gmail.com

• Details of the 1st Ife Film Festival can be found at:
• The book, Africa through the Eye of the Video Camera, which emanated from the 1st Ife film festival in 2007 will be presented to the public during the 2009 festival. A sneak preview of the book can be obtained from the publisher’s website:

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