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AFRIFF Academy 

AFRIFF Talent Development Programme (ADTP) popularly known at AFRIFF ACADEMY is a program targets young African creatives and provides them with the skills and exposure required to succeed.


Under ATDP, AFRIFF has now trained over 10,000 young film practitioners in 12 African countries.

AFRIFF ACADEMY is AFRIFF’s flagship capacity building initiative and is the most established film training programme in Africa since November 2010.

Every year, at least 15 of the most promising students in each cohort have been sponsored to international film academies including The Montana State UniversityRelativity Film School Los Angeles, Lyon Film School France and Poland Film School.

Prominent beneficiaries of the AFRIFF Academy include Gideon Okeke (Nigeria) Linda Ihuoma Ejiofor (Nigeria), Osei Owusu Banahene (Ghana), Lydia Gachuhi (Kenya), Ephrem Alemu (Ethiopia) and Adesua Etomi (Nigeria).

2021 cohort, our largest yet, comprises 1000 students from 19 African countries. In support of the film festival, and in order to achieve our goal of empowering 15,000 young African filmmakers by 2025, we are open to funding from international organizations. The funding will go towards international facilitators and training devices.

Currently, our esteemed list of partners, which currently includes Access Bank, Nigerian Breweries, the United States Mission, Amazon Prime Video, the Japanese Embassy, The Smithsonian Institute and Multichoice.

AFRIFF Academy Success Stories


Gideon Okeke

Actor; Nigeria


Ephrem Alemu

Gospel Singer, Ethiopia


Adesua Etomi

Actress, Nigeria


Celestine Lydia Gachuchi

Actress, Kenya

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