After a breezy preparation, Africa International Film Festival, AFRIFF, began on a tumultuous note on Sunday with African film practitioners storming Lagos for screening of movies, workshop and general tête a tête.
While feature films, documentary and shorts will be screened at Genesis Deluxe cinemas, Lekki, Silverbird Galleria, Victoria Island and City Mall, Onikan, the workshops hold at Afrinolly Space, Ikeja.
Thronging the Eko Hotel lobby for registration and the Genesis cinema at The Palms, Lekki for the screening of the opening film, Oscar-nominated Mediterrenea, actors, directors, producers and other professionals in the film industry joined their Nigerian counterparts.
Some Nollywood practitioners who attended the event include Mahmoud Ali Balogun, Mildred Okwo, Rita Dominic, Grace Oboba Edwin-Okon, O. C. Ukeje, Ramsey Nuoah, Kemi Lala Akindoju, Dakore Egbuson Akande and Kunle Afolayan. This year, AFRIFF is hosting filmmakers from35 African countries and 25 non-African countries.
Joining their counterparts, the stars looked glammed up as they walked the red carpet at The Palms, taking photos and being interviewed before the screening.
On Monday, the industry sessions, workshops and screenings continued at different venues.
The movies which are shown free will be juried and eventual winners in 13 different categories will win cash prizes.
Among the films screened so far includeCuckold by South African filmmaker Charlie Vundla, Project Nollywood Rebranding by Dayo Balogun and O-Town by C. J. Obasi.
AFRIFF closes on November 14 with an award ceremony.