NDIVA WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL (NWFF) is a film festival, that seeks to bring women filmmakers ie: Film Directors, Editors, Producers, Animators, Actresses, Cinematographers, Production Designers and all women in the film production chain together in a space where they can network, collaborate, exhibit their work and celebrate each other.
The NDIVA Women’s Film Festival recognizes that women all over the world share similar yet different stories and these stories must be heard.
NWFF 2018 is the second edition of the festival. The NWFF 2017 was the first and was targeted at African women filmmakers and women filmmakers of African descent. This year the NWFF, changed focus by widening its net and reaching out to women filmmakers world wide. The festival recognizes that women are still a minority in the whole endeavor of world cinema and there are still not enough SPACES for women filmmakers to engage with each other. The festival aims to create artistic platforms for the presentation of work by, for and about women. The festival pays special attention to African women filmmakers and women filmmakers of African descent because these category of women are still a “minority” within a “minority” in world cinema.
NDIVA WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL’S MANDATE IS TO;
- Create the space for women filmmakers and audiences to constantly interact.
- Honour films and filmmakers that present the world as women experience it.
- Inspire curiosity, educate, entertain, and stimulate conversations through film screenings.
- Deliver programs to help develop the next generation of Women Filmmakers.
- Create a platform for advocacy; which includes educating writers, filmmakers, and film festival audiences, and inspiring them to take action upon this knowledge.
The festival exhibits films in the genres of FICTION, ANIMATION AND DOCUMENTARY. There are three (3) categories of films that the NWFF works with.
- FILMS BY WOMEN
- FILMS FOR WOMEN BY WOMEN
- FILMS BY MEN ABOUT WOMEN
There are over 30+ Films from Asia, Africa, North America and Europe screening at the festival for 3 days. Starting from November 1 –November 3, 2018 at Alliance Française, Accra. The film festival opens on Thursday, November, 1 2018 at 1pm at Alliance Française. The Guest of honour for the opening ceremony is THE FRENCH AMBASSADOR TO GHANA, Mrs. Anne Sophie AVÉ.
The Opening film is THE LIFE OF ESTEBAN (Belgium) by Inés Eshun and The Closing Film is POTATO POTAHTO (GHANA) by Shirley Frimpong Manso. The festival closes on Saturday November 3.
OUR MAIN GUEST OF HONOUR IS JEAN PEIRRE BEKOLO AN AWARD WINNING FILMMAKER FROM CAMEROUN.
OUR OTHER GUEST IS PROF. FREIDA EKOTTO FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN’S DEPARTMENT OF AFRO AMERICAN AND AFRICAN STUDIES. SHE IS PRESENTING HER FILM “VIBRANCY OF SILENCE: A DISCUSSION WITH A SISTERS”.
At the NWFF 2017, 20 films made the final cut. These films were made up of documentaries, animation, fiction genres. There were short and feature length films. The films that made the final cut were from countries Ghana, South Africa, Uganda, Egypt, Senegal, Belgium, Germany, Gabon, Nigeria, Kenya and others.
NWFF 2017 was opened by Dr Mary Ashun, Principal Ghana International School and Author and Closed by Prof. Akosua Adomako Ampofo, of the Institute of African Studies University of Ghana Legon. Hajia Meizongo, a film Producer, and Veronica Quarshie Nai, a film director, were honoured with the life time achievement award.