Organizers have called for entries for the 2014 edition of the Colours of the Nile International Film Festival, CNIFF. CNIFF as it is widely referred to will take place from February 5, 2014 to February 9, 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The East African festival is calling for submissions from across Africa for feature-length and short fiction films, as well as feature-length and short documentaries. The entry deadline is 15 November 2013.
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“The inaugural edition of CNIFF that took place in November 2012 was very successful and the overwhelmingly positive response of the African film community and audiences encouraged us to host the festival annually instead of biennially as originally planned.” says Abraham Haile Biru, president of CNIFF and an award-winning African cinematographer.
Themed Lenses on Africa’s Renaissance, Abraham further stated in a release, “We want to get the message across that cinema is a powerful medium for educating, inspiring, promoting peace, and freedom of expression; all vital for the renaissance of our continent. The topic reinforces the theme of the 50th anniversary of the OAU/AU and affirms the AU’s charter for African Cultural Renaissance.”
In recognition of the importance of training for the development of African cinema, the festival has programmed a number of workshops addressing various filmmaking topics.
“I’m honoured to have the chance to head a festival that is truly devoted to the promotion of Africa cinema. We are working very hard to offer excellent selections of films for our audiences and the opportunity of exchange and networking for African filmmakers,” Abraham concluded as he emphasized that CNIFF will remain a modern place for showcasing African cinema and a platform where filmmakers of different generations meet.