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AFRIFF 2023 unveils a stellar jury for an exceptional year in African storytelling.  

They Cloned Tyrone producer, Stephen 'Dr.' Love to serve as jury president of AFRIFF (Africa International Film Festival)

Lagos, November 27, 2023 

AFRIFF (Africa International Film Festival) has announced jury members for the 12th edition, which is scheduled to take place from November 5 to 11, 2023 in Lagos, Nigeria.


After receiving over 2,000 films from over 100 countries across 5 continents during a very successful call for submission and choosing over 100 films for its official selection, AFRIFF jury members are now tasked with the arduous job of issuing their choice of finalists for AFRIFF Globe Awards.


As it is come to be expected, AFRIFF jury composition is a study in excellence in global filmmaking and expertise in the African film business.


AFRIFF 2023 jury is headlined by Stephen 'Dr' Love, the producer of one of Netflix most viewed movies of the year, They Cloned Tyrone, with Nigerian-British actor John Boyega in the lead, veteran US actor Jamie Foxx (Ray, Django Unchained) and Julliard-graduate, Teyonah Parish (Chi-Raq, Candyman).


Jury president Stephen ‘Dr.’ Love is joined by Emmy-nominated Nigerian-British writer-producer Abby Ajayi (How to get Away with Murder, Inventing Anna) , Nigerian film producer Greg Otudayo, Zimbabwean award winning author and winner of 2023 African Peace Prize Tsitsi Dangaremgba, Lebanese-French actress and director Wafa’a Céline Halawi, Geneva Wasserman, Entertainment and technology expert and SVP of Scripted Development at Dentsu, the Japanese media juggernaut, Cuban-American film producer and Afro-Latino voices in film mentor Ranada Shepard, renown Hollywood producer and head of Inventions Studios Nicholas Weinstock, multi-talented film acquisition expert and head of content at MultiChoice  Busola Tejumola, Nollywood royalty and seasoned actress Kate Henshaw, and finally Nigerian economist and filmmaker Desmond Elliott.

This will be a particularly significant edition after the 2022 edition of AFRIFF, where Disney’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Amazon’s Nanny, Sundance Grand Jury Prize, opened the festival.  Paramount, Amazon, Disney, Netflix, Showmax, Mediawan, DStv, Dentsu, the African Union, Canal Plus, Afreximbank and a host of global industry stakeholders attended to offer further opportunities to and sustain the growth of the African creative industry.

The international jury will award 14 Globe Awards to the most outstanding artistry and maestro in visual storytelling.


 The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF), conceived by Ms. Chioma Ude, is a world-class showcase that celebrates Cinema and filmmaking talent from Africa and the diaspora. It consistently delivers a rich programme to foster invaluable exchanges of ideas, production connections, and business relationships. It creates an energetic and exciting hub for entertainment industry professionals to make rewarding connections and has gradually gained a reputation for delivering Africa’s most vibrant film festival experience. Its objectives are to develop the film industry to a level where the products compete favorably with their contemporaries all over the world; provide a growth opportunity for these film industry professionals to eventually export their products to the world; facilitate access to investors, equipment, technical and skill acquisition through Festival organized fora and several capacity development workshops.

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