4th African Movie Festival In Manitoba

September 24 – 26, 2021

Gas Station Arts Center

About the Festival

The African Movie Festival in Manitoba (AM-FM) is an annual spring event held in Winnipeg, Manitoba that showcases the best of African Cinema and that creates a platform for Afro-Canadian dialogue. AM-FM consist of movie screenings, interview sessions with directors/producers/actors, cocktail receptions, and cultural activities including dances, food and entertainment. Full feature movies, shorts and documentaries are screened in French and English from Nigeria, South Africa, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Mali and other African countries.

AM-FM is organized by Manitoba African Film Festival Inc., a non-profit organization based in Winnipeg, Canada. The organization and festival is advised by a committee consisting of Dr. Sheila Petty (University of Regina), Dr. Brenda Austin-Smith (University of Manitoba), Dr. Onookome Okome (University of Alberta), and Dr. Mbaye Cham (Howard University), Dr. Sarah Buchanan (University of Minnesota, Morris).

Manitoba African Film Festival Inc. was founded in 2017 by Dr. Ben Akoh.

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Meet our Team

BEN AKOH

Founder/President

Founder/President/Artistic Director and Advisory Committee Chair, Manitoba African Film Festival Inc. 

BRENDA AUSTIN-SMITH

Adviser

Brenda Austin-Smith, Associate professor, Department of English, Film and Theatre, University of Manitoba.

SHEILA PETTY

Adviser

Sheila Petty, Ph.D., Professor, media studies, University of Regina.

MBYE CHAM

Adviser

Mbye Cham, Ph.D., Professor, Department of African Studies and Director of the Center for African Studies, Howard University in Washington, D. C.

ONOOKOME OKOME

Adviser

Onookome Okome, Ph.D., Professor, Arts, English and Film Studies, University of Alberta.

SARAH B. BUCHANAN

Advisor

Sarah B. Buchanan, Ph.D., Associate professor, University of Minnesota, Morris, USA.

CHIGBO ARTHUR ANYADUBA

Adviser

Dr. Chigbo Arthur Anyaduba is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, The University of Winnipeg. His teaching and research interests focus broadly on African literatures, postcolonial literatures, and the cultural representations of genocides and mass atrocities. 

ÉTIENNE-MARIE LASSI

Adviser

Étienne-Marie Lassi is an  Associate Professor of French and Francophone Literature at the University of Manitoba. His research and teaching interests include French language, as well as Francophone African Literature and Cinema

NANDOZIE EKEOCHA

Volunteer

Nandozie Ekeocha, M.Sc., Avid film enthusiast and movie critique, writer and director of various screenplays and short films. Volunteer on Social media, marketing and promotion.

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