Initiative Africa is pleased to announce that preparation of organizing the 12th Edition of Addis International Film Festival (AIFF) is underway. The 2018 edition of AIFF will take place from May 1 – 6, 2018 at the Italian Cultural Institute Hager Fiker Theater and Vamdas Entertainment, in Addis Ababa, and university campuses of Adama, Hawassa, Bahir Dar and Mekele.


Organized by Initiative Africa, this year, the theme of the Festival is ‘Migration, Displacement and Climate Change’ and we will be joined by several international film professional guests. Although the scope remains Migration and Displacement, the 2018 Edition will also screen films outside the core theme.


“The documentaries to be screened this year aim to contribute to humanitarian efforts that enhance the protection of migrants, refugees, and internally displaced persons” stated Mr. Kebour Ghenna Executive Director of Initiative Africa. ‘Through the screening of relevant documentaries on the issues and the convening of discussions among experts and practitioners, AIFF is focused on addressing the key drivers of vulnerability among migrants and displaced persons, and foster a space for citizens to engage in exchange about challenges and dilemmas relating to sustainable humanitarian responses to migration and displacement’ he went on to say.


This year, an Exhibition will be held at Vamdas Entertainment in conjunction with the film festival to create platform for local and international civil society organizations to exhibit their work on various social issues including migration, displacement, climate change, human rights, environment, poverty, gender inequality, violence, and more, to promote their work and facilitate the exchange of information on various local and global social issues. ‘We are inviting local and international filmmakers, film production companies and television stations to participate in this Exhibition and showcase their work products alongside the civil society organizations’ said Selam Teshome, Coordinator of this year’s festival.


Since its inception in 2007, Addis International Film Festival has grown in scope and size from drawing less than 500 people, 9 films and one venue in its first year to over 7,000 attendants, 60 films and three venues last year. Overall, the Festival has screened over 630 films and attracted over 39,000 participants over the past 11 years. This year, the Festival expects to draw up more attendants to its three venues and screen 70 short and long local and international documentary films. Festival participants are mostly young professionals, university students, and members of the international community.


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