By Sam Anokam
A FILMMAKER and founder of The African Film Festival, Kelechi Eke, has given reasons why the film festival will hold online amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Explaining the idea behind the decision to host this year’s edition online, Eke said, “There was much optimistic desire behind the scenes to reschedule the event due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, we opted to host it online and stream it globally. With so much uncertainty amid COVID-19, and, since no one can accurately predict when it might actually be possible to host the event in a safe and responsible manner and I personally would not feel good about putting hundreds of people in an arena any time this year.”
Continuing, Eke said, “Moving the African Film Festival online is more like utilizing the latest streaming and community engagement technologies and this will certainly allow our pass holders and sponsors including global fans of the festival to watch more movies and uniquely interact with a wider range of celebrities than was possible in the past.”
Eke also said the 4-day event will kick off on Tuesday, June 2 till Saturday, June 6, with film screenings, online workshops, and training sessions, and TAFF Awards ceremony.
Eke also noted that TAFF strives to bridge cultures through films by inviting a diverse audience to celebrate some of the best films from and about the African continent.
Eke, a popular filmmaker and software engineer said the attendees for this year’s festival will have the privilege of watching the festival selections in the comfort of their own homes as well as on-demand.
The film portal Rootflix, according to him, will showcase the selected films and the awards ceremony.