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Inclusion and Participation at this year’s Africa Rising International Film Festival


The Africa Rising International Film Festival (Ariff) is back and will be taking place next month from the 27th to the 30th of November 2019 in Newtown Precinct. ARIFF began last year as a pre-event to the Global Festival Week in South Africa and Mandela 100 Festival, it ran from 26-29 November 2018. The film festival is organised by film producer Kweku Mandela, Lala Tuku of Corporate Icons Media, and Ayanda Sithebe of Actor Spaces alongside Sdumo Mtshali and Pallance Dladla. The launch for this year’s edition held yesterday at the National School of the Arts in Braamfontein was attended by the who’s who of the film and television industry including Isibaya actresses Mampho Brescia and Thuli Thabethe. The launch’s Hosts Thuli Thabethe and Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa made sure the activities were both entertaining and fully stimulating. ARIFF launch’s agenda started on a high note with Lala Tuku’s speech which covered the importance of building audiences as part of the long term film marketing strategy and of cause inclusion and participation.

ARIFF sought to be an open and accessible international film festival to allow the public an opportunity to participate in a premium film festival from little to no cost. Our community in our currency and our programs are an exercise in eradicating the barriers that move our audiences further away from the film. We aim to bring them closer, to enable them to absorb the culture of film and its impact from a young age – Kweku Mandela.

Africa Rising International Film Festival’s program will include international and pan African film screenings, The ARIFF Film Child program for school children, Masterclasses, Panel Discussions, Live Film Masterclasses, Pan African Legends Series curated by Lebone Maema, Film Poker Pitching, the Digital Hub, and so much more.

This year’s Pan African Legends Series will see ARIFF honoring and celebrating South African Producer, Director, and Writer, Mr. Ramdan Suleman. His award-winning feature films Fools and Zulu Love Letter including his latest ground-breaking documentary By All Means Necessary will form part of ARIFF’s 2019 film screenings program.

This year in addition to the digital hubs virtual reality station and web series screenings, we step into the fourth industrial revolution with two new members to our digital hub family, TAM Gaming founded by reality star and comedian Tall ASS Mo and CISCO – a leading game player in technology – Ayanda Sithebe.

The film festival in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture, Ster Kinekor, Gauteng Film Commission, The House of Mandela, United International Pictures, The Market Theatre, Global Citizen Festival, and CISCO.

Through our core film program, we address lack of accessibility, women empowerment & youth development, by providing an opportunity for previously disadvantaged communities (the youth,

women, the queer community and people living with disabilities, an opportunity to participate in the festival, through the festival’s programs – Lala Tuku.

Full International and African film screening program will be communicated closer to the time.




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