2020 Festival Schedule | February 24 - September
February 24 - 28Details
University of New Haven
New Haven, Connecticut
Pulp Cinema - Stellenbosch University
Stellenbosch, South Africa
July 27 - August 2Details
Trinidad and Tobago
July 29 - 31Details
August 11 - 14Details
San Diego, California
September 9 - 10Details
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About the Festival
The Africa World Documentary Film Festival (AWDFF) is sponsored by the School of Theatre, Television, and Film at San Diego State University, San Diego, California. USA.
The AWDFF has as its objective the promotion of knowledge and culture of the people of Africa, in a Pan-African context.
In promotion of the Pan African context, public viewings of submission accepted by AWDFF shall also occur in Africa, Europe and the Caribbean.
Though the AWDFF is non-competitive, prizes of $1,000 and $500 shall be awarded to two documentaries in Full-length and Short categories, respectively judged by the AWDFF committee as furthering understanding and contributing significantly to knowledge of the African World.
Director's 2019 Message
Welcome to the 12th edition of the Africa World Documentary Film Festival (AWDFF), sponsored by the School of Theatre, Television, and Film at San Diego State University, San Diego, California. USA. After a decade in Saint Louis Missouri, AWDFF has relocated into its permanent home in San Diego, California. The new festival home is situated within radius of the Hollywood epicenter. This creates further networking opportunities for our documentary film makers and enhances the visibility of our festival events and presentations. The Film Program at San Diego State University is ranked among the Top 10 in the world by the Hollywood Reporter.
Through the art of documentary filmmaking AWDFF is committed to the promotion of the universal African experience, knowledge, life and culture.
Our international partnerships and national collaboration continues to thrive. We acknowledge the University of New Haven in Connecticut, Sam Houston State University in Texas, the Molefi Kete Asante Institute for Afrocentric Studies in Philadelphia, PA; the Institute of African Studies, at the University of Ghana, Legon; the iRepresent International Documentary Film Festival in Lagos, Nigeria; Pulp Cinema at Stellenbosch University in South Africa; the Universities of West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica and Cave Hill, Barbados; Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, Thailand, and the Caribbean Travelling Film School in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
My sincere appreciation goes to our festival supporters; Dr. Joel Glassman in Saint Louis, Missouri; Dr. Ọbádélé Kambon, of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana in Legon, Ghana; Dr. Andrew Armstrong of the University of West Indies in Cave Hill, Barbados; Mr. Femi Odugbemi, Mr. Jahman Anikulapo, Mr. Makin Soyinka, Mr. Lanre Olupona at iREP International Documentary Film Festival, Lagos, Nigeria; Dr. Jean Bodon at Sam Houston State University in Texas; Dr. Tom Garrett at University of New Haven in Connecticut; Dr. Molefi Asante at The Molefi Kete Asante Institute for Afrocentric Studies in Philadelphia, PA; Mr. Werner de Swardt and Dr. Julia Cain at Stellenbosch University in South Africa; Dr. Rachel Moseley-Wood of the University of West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica; Dr. Porawan Pattayanon at Srinakharinwirot University in Thailand, and Mr. Wayne Cezair of the Caribbean Travelling Film School in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
We are proud to present our 12th year AWDFF edition. Hope you enjoy!