Report on the 2nd African Women in Film Forum (AWIFF) - Accra, 23-25 September 2013

© African Women's Development Fund (AWDF)
Genre : Event evaluations
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Release/publication date : June 2013
Published on : 06/10/2013
Source : African Women in Cinema

The 2nd African Women in Film Forum (AWIFF), organized and sponsored by the African Women's Development Fund (AWDF) and held from 23-25 September 2013 in Accra, Ghana gathered under the theme "Creating Compelling Social Justice Content for Film and Television." Storytelling and the role of the storyteller was the leitmotif that traversed the panels, sessions and conversations throughout the three days.

The objective of the Forum is "to utilise the power of film to accelerate efforts towards gender equity and social justice. We think filmmakers have a powerful role to play in shifting or reinforcing patriarchal attitudes, and we want to work with filmmakers to create a better world for women, and the community at large," according to Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah.

Women from the continent and the diaspora assembled to share, learn and strategize, continuing the conversation which began at the 1st African Women in Film Forum held in Lagos, Nigeria in 2010. In addition, the live Tweeter feed, which allowed people worldwide to follow the events in real time, is evidence of the role that AWDF wants to play as an important actor in the global dialogue in which African women will have a visible voice. For those who were not able to follow live, the very useful aspect of asynchronous communication allows one to join the conversation at anytime @

Key women of the African Women's Development Fund ensured a warm, convivial space in which to organize and network. Among these inspiring women were Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, Communications Specialist of AWDF and the designated staff member leading on the organisation of the 2nd Forum, and Sarah Mukasa, AWDF Director of Programmes who opened the event with a welcome and update on the 1st AWIFF. Writer and documentary filmmaker Yaba Badoe followed with a short presentation on African women in film.



  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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