Galway African Film Festival

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Galway African Film Festival
LocationGalway, Ireland
Festival datelate May / early June
LanguageAfrican languages, French, English

Galway African Film Festival (GAFF) is an annual African film festival taking place in Galway on the west coast of Ireland in late May / early June to coincide with Africa Day an annual commemoration on 25 May of the 1963 founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU).[1] It aims to showcase the wealth and diversity of African film that would otherwise be inaccessible to Galway audiences. Secondly, the Festival aims to reflect and celebrate the culturally diverse profile of Galway society, the city with the highest percentage (2.8%) of people from African countries.[2] The Festival is organised by the Galway One World Centre in collaboration with the Huston School of Film & Digital Media and the Galway Film Society. Venues for screenings of films have included the Town Hall Theatre, Huston School of Film & Digital Media, and Nuns Island Theatre. The Festival is supported by Irish Aid, Galway City Arts Office, Galway City Council and the Galway Advertiser.[3][4]


The Festival offers a big variety of genres of African Cinema, including documentaries, children's films, shorts, classic and contemporaries. The films are normally not on general release within the Republic, thereby providing people in Ireland an opportunity to see the continent of Africa through a perspective that is different from Hollywood . Guests at the Festival have included Keith Shiri (Africa at the Pictures, London), Alex Ogou (Lead Actor, Clouds over Conakry), Tandeka Matatu (Producer, Jerusalema) and Andrew Webber (Editor, Mirror Boy). Films in 2010 included The Figurine Araromire (Nigeria), Mascarades (France/Algeria) and A Sting in a Tale (Ghana),[5] while in 2011, the festival included acclaimed movies Benda Bilili (Congo), Microphone (Egypt) and The Atlete (Ethiopia).[6] In 2012 highlights included Viva Riva, an award-winning Congolese drama, two Egyptian films about the Arab Spring of 2011 and an Ethiopian / UK co-production, Town of Runners.[7]


The Galway African Film Festival was established in 2008.











The tenth festival took place 19–21 May 2017 in the Mick Lally Theatre.[9]


The eleventh festival took place 9–10 June 2018 in the Bank of Ireland Theatre, NUI Galway.[10]


The twelfth festival takes place in 2019.

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  1. ^ Okoth, Assa. A History of Africa: African nationalism and the de-colonisation process. East African Education Publisher Ltd, 2006, p. 319.
  2. ^ "Server Error 404 - CSO - Central Statistics Office" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Galway African Film Festival".
  4. ^ "Hard decisions in approving arts grants to ninety-three groups".
  5. ^ Andrews, Kernan (20 May 2010). "Africa at the movies". Galway Advertiser. Retrieved 18 August 2010.
  6. ^ "Fourth Annual Galway African Film Festival to take place in May". Galway Advertiser. 12 May 2011. p. 9. Retrieved 2 June 2011.
  7. ^ Andrews, Kernan, "Galway African Film Festival", Galway Advertiser, 2012.
  8. ^ 1FM. "1FM Local and Urban Music". Retrieved 2 June 2011.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Events in Galway 2018 and 2019, Galway events calendar, what's on in Galway". Retrieved 4 June 2018.
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