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    A CONTINENT OF WONDER
    The AWDFF is committed to the promotion of knowledge,
    life and culture, of the people of Africa worldwide.
    Though the AWDFF is non-competitive, prizes shall be
    awarded to two documentaries in Full-length and Short
    categories, as furthering understanding and contributing
    significantly to knowledge of the African World.
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    CULTURE DISCOVERED
    Through the art of documentary filmmaking, the AWDFF
    is committed to the promotion of knowledge, life and
    culture, of the people of Africa worldwide. Annually,
    we receive submissions for our festival totaling over
    300 documentary films, of which our selection committee
    recommends a maximum of 50 to 60 films
    submitted by filmmakers from all over the African world.
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    Awards well earned
    In years past, we have featured some incredibly moving
    films that showcase important topics of African culture.
    Take a look at the past years winners for yourself.

AWDFF 2020 postponed due to COVID Pandemic

Dear Filmmaker,

Greetings and Congratulations again on being an AWDFF 2020 finalist.  Unfortunately as a result of the COVID pandemic, we will have to postpone our festival in venues around the world until next year 2021.  At that time we will be showing the films of every 2020 Finalist. We hope and remain optimistic that the COVID pandemic would have ended and that you will all be in good health.  Again thanks and please stay safe in your various locations around the world.  Please continue to follow all recommended Health and safety guidelines.

In victory,

‘Niyi Coker, Jr.
Festival Director

2020 Festival Schedule | February 24 - September

NAFTI

Accra, Ghana

February 24 - 28
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EBCCI

Barbados

POSTPOSNED TBA
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IREP

Lagos, Nigeria

POSTPOSNED TBA
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University of New Haven

New Haven, Connecticut

TBA
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Srinakharinwirot University

Bangkok, Thailand

June
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Pulp Cinema - Stellenbosch University

Stellenbosch, South Africa

July 27 - August 2
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Trinidad and Tobago

Caribbean

July 29 - 31
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Rwanda

Rwanda

August 11 - 14
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SDSU

San Diego, California

September 9 - 10
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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

Greetings

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!

‘Niyi Coker, Jr.
Festival Director

2020 Sponsors