The 9th edition of the Carlow African Film Festival (CAFF) has begun in Carlow, Ireland in style as filmmakers from the African continent and around the globe merge under one umbrella for this ceremony.
It is an annual platform created to celebrate the beauty and diversity of Africa through film, honour excellence in African filmmaking and promote cultural integration and interaction in Ireland.
The festival which started on Friday, May 3 with Short Film Competition (Schools) Screening and Awards Presentation) at the VISUAL & George Bernard Shaw Theatre will continue with other events today, May 4 and tomorrow, May 5.
Since 2005, the festival has screened a lot of movies including “Checkmate” by Shirley Frimpong-Manso (Ghana), “The Fighting Spirit” by George Amponsah (Ghana), “Jerusalema” by Ralph Ziman (South Africa), “London Successor” by Obi Emelonye (Nigeria/London), “Bamako” Abderahmane Sissoko (Mali) among others.
The festival has also hosted a number of stakeholders in the African film industry including Ghanaian actress Nadia Buari, Vusi Kunene of Generations fame and Rudolph Walker of Eastenders, Yemi Blaq among others as special guests to the festival.
The CAFF was founded in September 2005 by Ade Oke with support from the Carlow Local Authority, Arts Council of Ireland,KCLR96FM, and local businesses.