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April 3rd, 2023

Press Release 

On 27 April 2023, The Annual Film Mischief (TAFM) will return for its second Pan African edition. This year, our theme is #ShootTheCulture. This theme is a call to action for us to tell stories that reflect and celebrate our uniqueness in an innovative and global way. It also refers to unlearning the things we have come to accept as norms, as well as attitudes that often limit us as creatives. Disruption is now the new normal and in order for us to remain competitive in the Global M&E conversation, we must forge our own path and present images from a variety of different perspectives, embracing innovation and technology. TAFM will hold physical screenings in Lagos, Abuja, and Accra. We will also continue in our virtual day tradition and dedicate one day for virtual screenings and mischief sessions/ discussions with industry professionals on very interesting topics. 

TAFM is very passionate about driving FilmTech in Africa and as such, in partnership with Impact Hub Lagos’s Creative Fridays platform, we are pleased to announce our first annual FilmTech Conference. This will be a one-day conference that will assemble key creators & innovators, startups, and other stakeholders in the FilmTech space. The topic for the conference is “Innovation For Local”. We will spotlight the growth of local solutions to local problems in the African film industry. The overall goal is to discuss initiatives that will pave the way for a Globally competitive talent pool to effectively compete in the 4th revolution. 

In line with our Pan-African evolution, we are pleased to present our jury for our 2023 edition:

 Meet the Jury

TAFM is excited to announce 22 films in official selection.

As Film Rats is dedicated to promoting film education and documentation towards improving filmmaking in Africa, this year, we dared to capture the stories of filmmakers across Africa, spotlighting them and their works. This is very important to us, to activate the spirit of celebrating unique styles and storytellers who go the extra mile to shoot the culture and redefine the long age narrative of the African experience.” said Film Rats Founder, ‘Chukwu Martin

With thrice the number of submissions from last year, Uche Chika Elumelu, one of TAFM’s festival director duo, has this to say about this year’s official selections. “What I find particularly exciting is the crop of filmmakers we are showcasing this year. Nothing says Young & African quite like that vibrant push towards global acclaim. TAFM is truly honoured to be a part of that narrative.”

TAFM is a program of The Film Rats Club. TAFM is proudly sponsored by Impact Hub Lagos, Viva Cinemas, Albantsho, and Cadbury. With Africa Movie Channel, Zikoko, WhatKeptmeUp, PhoenixTribeAfrica, BellaNaija, In Nollywood, Nollywire, Tech Economy, Radio Now, The Casting Place, Take One Productions, Tobide Productions, Coalians Photography, Jide Pounds Ibitoye, Switch Focus, and Games Hut as official media partners.

The festival is free for all to attend. Register here

You can also purchase your Festival merch here

About TAFM

TAFM is a film festival set up to spotlight the best and brightest of the future of African cinema with unique narratives and styles. It is a special initiative of Film Rats, a community of circa 150 cinephiles, i.e., film enthusiasts and filmmakers on a mission to educate, appreciate & document cinema, with sharp focus on African cinema. 

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About Film Rats Club

Founded in 2017 by Actor/Director Martin Nwachukwu, The Film Rats Club is a community of circa 150 cinephiles across Nigeria i.e. film enthusiasts and filmmakers. These are people who in good faith propagate the gospel of good cinema, and celebrate the filmmakers who make them. With our focus on African cinema, we execute our mission by contributing thought leadership on cinema (critiques, reviews, articles, thesis), through film screenings, classes and interviews with/of industry personnel. Join Film Rats Club on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube


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