Future Forward is an assembly of bold and energetic pieces of African and independent cinema that portray the intrepid spirit that characterises the force that propels us and feeds our imperative to go forth, with certainty and to succeed.
This spirit is illustrated on the continent through constant movement in various fields of endeavour. This movement is marked by a purposeful quest for achieving a higher self. It is illustrated by a country that has elected a new political dispensation.
This spirit is what The Life House continues to be inspired by as curtains close on a half-decade and open for a new one. It is not the end of an era but the commemoration of an epoch in which we have illuminated Lagos and in turn have been invigorated repeatedly by the energy, the dynamism & the essence of the city. This is why we are who we are and do what we do…and this is what we celebrate through cinema.
In our short history, we have experienced change, we have witnessed progress and we have grown. Social media has become indispensable and as we use its power and reach in our activities, we are modifying the traditional and re-enforcing our commitment to adopting the organic.
In a year fraught with race problems, migratory issues and resurgent fundamentalism, there is reason to acknowledge the problems and yet celebrate the human spirit and resilience – the courage to strive, the capacity to thrive. It is our world and we are the world’s future. The present is far from ideal but true to the resilient human spirit we WILL forge forward…Future Forward!
Excited and hopeful for the future, this year also marks a turning point for the Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival as it gathers stories from its own journey over the last few years and projects into another phase in its growth. We consider Future Forward a metaphor for the festival.
We implore you to look very much forward to a wonderful screening programme dedicated to the best of independent African film as well as our family and educational offerings through workshops, panel discussions, talks and family-friendly programming. Plus, you can expect visual, literature and musical showcases, fun after-parties and the very popular Festival Souk during our 5-day fiesta.
The film programme at The Life House and Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival is proud to continue what has become an enduring partnership with the African Film Festival New York during this milestone year. This partnership has at its core a mission to expose African and global audiences to good quality independent African cinema with a view to stimulating discourse on issues and experiences rooted in the African experience. We are also proud to be partners of the Ford Foundation and to receive their financial and strategic support. We continue to thrive and delight in the longstanding relationships with a number of organizations including Goethe Institut, the Royal African Society (RAS) London, Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), British Council, Alliance Française, VAN Lagos and The New Black Film Collective.
We also celebrate our alliances with scholars, directors and personalities like Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, Tunde Kelani, Toni Kan, Ed Keazor, Chika Anadu, Sandra Krampelhuber, Ebele Okoye, Shaibu Husseini, O.C Ukeje, and Jahman Anikulapo.
We are also excited about the possibilites for cultural exchange from our friendships with the Dutch, German, French and Italian diplomatic missions, long-time enablers of independent African cinema.
Get ready Lagos and join us for the Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival from Wednesday, 30 September to Sunday, 4 October 2015 at Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
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