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20th Abuja International Film Festival holds Oct 30-Nov 3, entries end Aug 31

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ORGANISERS of the 20-year old Abuja International Film Festival, AIFF, have announced October 30-November 3 for the 20th edition of the festival, one of the longest of its kind in Nigeria, and on the continent.

They have also intensified calls on filmmakers to submit their films via, latest by August 31.

A message from the founder/director of the festival, Fidelis Duker, reads:

“The countdown to the 20th Abuja International Film Festival has officially begun! Get your films ready as the festival is scheduled to take place from the 30th of October to the 3rd of November 2023.

“This is a call for entries, and the clock is ticking! Be sure to submit your films before Late entries close on the 31st of August 2023. We accept entries in the following genres: Features, Shorts, Documentary, Experimental, Student, and Animation films.

“Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to showcase your work on the global stage. Submit your entries now at”


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About the festival:

THE festival offers a contemporary and liberal platform for the filmmakers of the World to exhibit the excellence of the film art form. The aim is mainly to contribute to the understanding and appreciation of cultures of different nations. We hope to present complex human situations in this rapidly changing world in the globalized era. The Festival Committee reserves the right to exclude films that are not in conformity with the aims of the Festival, which could offend the national feelings and susceptibilities of any participating country, or are likely to promote racial discrimination. Films not presenting sufficient technical qualities for good public screening can be refused after checking of the prints by the Print Checking Unit of the Film Festival Office. Date and Place: OCTOBER/NOVEMBER ANNUALLY IN ABUJA

Awards & Prizes

1. Entries will be subject to preview by a selection committee constituted by the Organising Committee of AIFF. A film that is not accepted for the Competition section may be shown in the Global Cinema section with the consent of the entrant.

2. The Jury for the World Cinema Competition will be composed of minimum five members [including the chairman] of which a majority will be from outside NIGERIA.

3. The Jury for the AIFF Competition will be composed of minimum three members [including the chairman] of which at least one member will be non-Nigerian..

4. The decisions of the jury will be taken by a simple majority of the members present and voting. The jury can evolve its own rules for assessment of the entries. The Director of the Festival and the Secretary of the Jury can attend the deliberations of the jury but shall neither participate nor vote.

5. No person in any way connected with the production or commercial exploitation of a competitive entry will be a member of the jury. All Members of the jury will refrain from releasing any articles or reviews to the press concerning the films submitted for their judgment until after the jury’s decisions have been formally published. The following prizes will be given away:

6. The AWARDS shall be in form of PLAQUES, CERTIFICATES OR Trophies
Audience Special Jury Award [non-cash] : The audience will decide the winner in this category

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