After the conclusion of its second edition which took place in Kigali from 6th to 12th March this year, the organizing team of Mashariki African Film Festival, one of the Africa's budding film Festivals has announced the dates for the next edition taking place next year; again celebrating the African Cinema.
The date was announced later last month on the Festival’s Facebook Page in the acknowledgment announcement posted in the name of the organizing team, in which after acknowledging “everyone - individual or institutional - who contributed to the success of our second edition which took place in Kigali from March 6 to March 12”, the team concluded by announcing that the next edition which will be its third will take place in Kigali, from March 5th to March 11, 2017.
This year’s edition saw the Rwandans and guests from across the globe celebrating the African cinema through screenings of the totality of 42 feature, shorts and documentary films from across Africa and African Diaspora made by African filmmakers, as well as films set in Africa directed by non-African filmmakers.
The festival opened on 6th March with the screening of internationally acclaimed, Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu, and was closed by the screening of academy award nominated for Best Foreign Language Film Category for Canada in 2013; Rebelle: War Witch, a Canadian film directed by Kim Nguyen, a war drama set in Congo Civil War following a young girl who, after murdering her own parents is kidnapped by Rebels to become a war child and subject of sexual abuse during the war.
Audience watching Timbuktu, screened at the opening night
The closing ceremony also saw three outstanding filmmakers with Rwandan short films awarded with cash prizes and 60 students who completed the week-long pre-production, acting and post-production classes, awarded with certificates; the workshops conducted by Ibrahim Ahmed Pino, Timbuktu’s main protagonist for Acting Workshop and Kantarama Gahigiri, a Swiss-Rwandan filmmaker who returned also as the festival’s Godmother for the second time, for pre- and post-production workshop.
Pluvier Benko emerged winner with his film A ride in a Coffin, walking away with Rwf100,000; Clementine Dusabejambo with her school bullying drama short Behind the World emerged second winning Rwf70,000, while Olaf Hamelek’s post-genocide psychological drama Agasanduku emerged third and was awarded with Rwf50,000.
Nothing more than the dates for the 3rd edition announced yet.