By Ogova Ondego
Published October 30, 2011
The six members include Eriq Ebouaney, Oladipo Agboluaje, and Heidi Lobato (Feature/Animation); and Femi Odugbemi, Mahen Bonetti and Mbye Cham (Documentary).
While Ebouaney is a professional actor who has appeared in productions such as FEMME FATALE by Brian de Palma and LUMUMBA by Raoul Peck, Agboluaje is a playwright whose works include Early Morning, God is a DJ, The Estate, The Christ of Coldharbour Lane, For One Night Only, The Hounding of David Oluwale, Iya Ile, and Say Goodbye. Lobato founded and directed Amnesty International Filmfestival in Amsterdam between 1995 and 2000. She was also closely involved in the founding of One World Human Rights Film Festival in Prague, Czech Republic in 1997, Watch Dogs Human Rights Film Festival in Warsaw, Poland in 2000 and Basic Trust human rights film festival in Israel and the Palestine territories in 2000.
Odugbemi, on the other hand, is an award-winning writer, producer, director and photographer.
Bonetti is the founder and Executive Director of African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF), a non-profit arts organisation founded in 1990 to showcase works of African filmmakers and develop ways to share the vision and culture of African film with American and international audiences.
Mbye, who specialises in literature, film, culture and development, is currently Chair of the Department of African Studies at Howard University in Washington, DC, USA.
Launched in December 2010 as annual festival, AFRIFF projects itself as “a platform for the world to zoom in on the talent and beauty of Africa through film”.