Speakers include Ade Solanke, who wrote the screenplay for Nigerian director Tunde Kelani’s forthcoming film, Dazzling Mirage; Akosua Adoma Owusu, Director of KWAKU ANANSE; Amaka Igwe who has to her credit production of over 400 hours of TV programming and movies; Anita Afonu, Director of Perished Diamonds; Anita Erskine, Host of Making of a Mogul; Dr Beti Ellerson, Director for the Centre for the Study and Research of African Women in Cinema; Dr Sionne Neely, Knowledge Management Specialist at AWDF; Dr Yaba Blay, Assistant Teaching Professor of Africana Studies at Drexel University and Consulting Producer for CNN’s Black in America 5 – Who is Black in America?; François d’Artemare, Founder of Les Films de l’Après-Midi; Korkor Amarteifio, Associate Director of the Institute for Music and Development; Kwaw Ansah, Director of Love Brewed in the African Pot; Lodi Matsetela, script writer and producer of Society, originally flighted on South African Broadcasting Corporation; Prof. Linus Abraham, Rector of NAFTI; Sarah Bouyain, Director of Notre Etrangere/The Place in Between; Sarah Mukasa, Director of Programmes, AWDF; Sefi Atta, playwright and author of Everything Good Will Come; Stéphanie Soleansky, Cultural Affairs Attaché at Institut Français du Ghana; Tsitsi Dangarembga, author of Nervous Conditions; Vicentia Akwetey, Dean of Studies, NAFTI; Veronica Q-Nai, writer and director behind A Call at Midnight and Yaba Badoe, Director and Co-Producer of The Witches of Gambaga.
Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, Communications Specialist, AWDF states “The general public in Accra, Ghana can participate in the AWIFF by attending the free film festival. On the 23rd of September we will be screening ‘On The Border’ by Tsitsi Dangarembga and ‘The Witches of Gambaga’ by Yaba Badoe at Alliance Française Accra from 6pm. On the 24th of September we will be screening ‘Perished Diamonds’ by Anita Afonu and ‘Notre Etrangere/The Place in Between’ by Sarah Bouyain at NAFTI from 6pm. Both Screenings will be followed by a question and answer session between Anita Erskine of Brand Woman Africa, and the filmmakers.”