The third Real Life Pan-African Documentary Film Festival will take place in Accra between May 31 and June 6.
In all, 52 films from Africa and its diasporic world will be shown free of charge in four venues, showcasing the innovative and historical documentaries on African and African diasporic communities and themes.
Organised by the West African Documentary Forum, the festival will also involve workshops on new technologies of film production and digital archiving, exhibitions and exchange of film ideas and techniques by professionals.
A novelty in this year’s festival is the fact that two exciting exhibitions from a high visual literary programme in which students will present outstanding works, as well as works by students from film schools in Ghana, Nigeria, Mali, Senegal, Sudan and the United States of America have been included.
There will be three prizes to be won, with the best African film receiving 5,000 U.S dollars being the Afro-Pop prize, sponsored by US- based National Black Programming Consortium.
The best African diasporic film will receive the 5,000 US dollars Walter Mosley prize while the best African student film will be awarded 1,000 US dollars being the Joe Ampah memorial prize.
Co-producers and directors of the festival, Mr.Awam Amkpa and Lydie Diakhate, explains that the objective of the festival is to stimulate Africans to document their own histories while exchanging film vocabularies, methods and contexts with film makers from Africa and other continents.
"This unique festival continues to be an effective project not only for cross cultural and intercontinental exchanges between professional filmmakers, but also among students from film schools in Africa," they said.
‘We use the festival to shape the training of younger generations of filmmakers, particularly in Africa, by inviting students’ films as well as their attendance to a festival where amateurs interact with professionals," they added.
The two previous festivals brought together filmmakers from over 20 African countries, the US,France,England,Haiti and Jamaica.