While other film festivals were cancelled due to the pandemic, The African Film Festival (TAFF) maintained its tradition of showcasing independent films, providing resourceful forums, as well as, presenting awards.
The virtual event which was the 6th edition was hosted by filmmaker and member of Cameroonian Oscars Committee; Waa Musi and streamed live on ROOTFLIX, one of the leading multicultural film streaming platforms.
The first day, June 1st started with beautiful showcase of African cities, landmarks and awe-inspiring sites, which was followed suit by an opening speech from the hot; featured performances, and finished with a glimpse of the films submitted by presenting previews through trailers received.
The festival continued with on-demand broadcasting of independent films through ROOTFLIX apps and website. Viewers were able to download the apps from the App Store and Google Play, and watched each festival film at their convenience.
Founder of the festival, Kelechi Eke, noted that the organization would continue to adopt the feaure – even after the pandemic in order to make it convenient for viewers to enjoy every film screening at their own paceas well as enhance global reach and participation throughout the festival.
While films were available continuously throughout the festival, Kristeen Kuria hosted TAFF Master Share forums from June 2 to June 4 via Zoom. The forums provided views from an assortment of Creatives, as well as, allowed for Q&A sessions for all participants.
The event was however ended with an Awards Ceremony, hosted by Kenyan Hollywood actor, Benjamin Onyangowhich saw veterans like Ghanaian Kofi Adjorlolo. The Best Documentary Feature was won by “The Sacred Woods” which was produced in 2020 for the Aljazeera Documentary TV and directed by Tunisian Abdallah Chamekh. The Best Narrative Feature was won by “The Fisherman’s Diary” which represented Cameroon in the 2021 Academy Awards Best Foreign Film Category, directed by Enah Johnscott who also won TAFF 2021 Best Director Award.
In a final tribute to all of the many talented filmmakers; the founder and director, Kelechi Eke, praised their great work and acknowledged all of the awards nominees as well as award presenters.