The Colours of the Nile International Film Festival (CONIFF) will run in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 24-31 March 2014, introducing the best of African cinema to African audiences. The festival will screen 48 titles.
The grand opening ceremony of CONIFF's second edition is MONDAY MARCH 24 AT 5 PM @ NATIONAL THEATER ADDIS ABABA
We are proud to present the OSCAR nominated "LIFE ABOVE ALL " by the famous South African director, OLIVER SCHMITZ! We are also pleased that the screening will take place in the presence of our Special Opening Night Guest, the young star of the film Khomotso Manyaka.
* Opening Night Film
CNIFF has three competitive selections dedicated to features, documentaries and short films by African directors within the last two years.
* Feature Competition
The feature competition section of CONIFF 2014 includes a range of recent films which are all making their Ethiopian premiere at this festival. The feature selection consists of 11 titles chosen from (x) submitted entries.
* Documentary Competition
This year we’ve lined up 7 impressive documentaries in competition including both films originating from North Africa. All of the films in this section were made within the last two years.
* Shorts Competition
The short films competition contains 15 films which were all made within the last 12 months and which provide a kaleidoscopic vision of images, sounds and stories of the continent that will provide audiences with a real treat.
CNIFF will also feature non-competitive selections:
* South African Focus
We are happy to be able to bring you this taster programme which demonstrates much of the talent both in front and behind the camera that has made cinema from South Africa some of the most sought after that audiences wish to see.
* Tribute to Nelson Mandela
The weighty presence of a world icon as the country’s hero and president, who passed away this year, has left one of the most enduring legacies for South Africa and for all humanity. There will be many films about Nelson Mandela but here are two small documentaries made by South African filmmakers during his time that he would have seen and known about.
* The Best of the Rest
The small selection of feature films and documentaries that are included in this ‘out of competition’ section are additional films which we would like to include in the programme, which we value and which we believe the Addis Abeba audience will appreciate.
* Indian Ocean Shorts
In the Indian Ocean islands, independent film festivals are building the conditions for a new cinematography to emerge in the region. Sharing the same vision, they focus on developing audiences, training professionals, supporting productions, promoting and distributing films and opening windows to the world. This program of short fiction films is a simple and modest testimony to the vibrant energy and creativity taking place in our region.