The Mashariki African Film Festival was launched in 2014 and is currently the largest film festival in Rwanda. The festival was created to respond to a fast-growing film audience and a much-needed film connection through African countries, filmmakers, the African diaspora and international media producers (www.masharikifestival.org)
After its postponement in March 2020, Rwanda’s largest film festival, Mashariki, will return in December 2021. The festival promotes, advocates for and collaborates with other cultural events in Africa.
Mashariki African Film Festival 2021 edition to be staged live from 10 to 17 December.
The Festival also decided to collaborate with the 25th DISCOP film, television and digital content market scheduled to be held in Rwanda at the Kigali Convention Center, between 12 and 14 December.
The overall 2021 program will include world premieres, screenings, workshops, seminars, panel discussions, networking sessions and pitch opportunities.
MAAFF’s collaboration with the organizers of DISCOP Kigali will spotlight opportunities to monetize film content and fund upcoming projects. Key development, co production and distribution executives attending the 3-day market will be invited to private screenings and available for one-on-one meetings with independent film producers attending MAAFF.
“African cinema has undergone a popular resurgence in recent years thanks to a number of daring films that celebrate local culture,” says Tresor SENGA’s founder and Festival Director. “It is time to export what the continent has to offer, and with such a vast array of voices finally being heard, international buyers and global audiences should be paying closer attention” affirms Fabrizio COLOMBO, MAAF’s Artistic Director.
The festival’s program will consist of screenings, pitching of projects, workshops, and master classes and morning programs. Workshops will be inaugurated by Girls in cinema workshop which is scheduled from 3rd-20th July.
During the whole week , the festival holds screenings of all the films selected in the official competition section and the Panorama section. After every film there is a Q&A session if the filmmaker is present.
Some special curated programs with a specific aim will be featured in the festival. New programs and screenings follow the moving forward of filmmaking in African and African descent cinema worldwide. This shows the growth in demand for production and distribution of African content on digital and online platforms, for continental televisions and African dedicated channels worldwide