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African Film Festival of Ottawa
Annual • October • Founded 2015
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The cinemas of Africa have consistently delivered some of most impressive, urgent, and engaged films in contemporary world cinema. This annual festival showcases the best of African cinema’s diverse and extraordinary films and filmmakers.

The films selected primarily celebrate emerging voices from across the five regions of the African continent as well as its historical diaspora. They range across a number of genres from futurist to political thriller, melodrama to horror, social realist to fantasy. They are at once celebratory and critical, contemplative and reflexive, elegiac and prospective. The films have been screened, won awards, or entered for nomination at FESPACO (Pan African Film Festival of Ouagadougou), the Durban International Film Festival, the Cannes Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the American Film Institute Film Festival and the Academy Awards (Oscars), among others.

The event is proudly presented by the Canadian Film Institute, in partnership with Carleton University's Film Studies and African Studies departments.

Archived Editions:
2016, 2015