What other festivals have to say about us
Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Here is what DIFF, TIFF and other festivals say about the short films from Africa.
Peter Machen, Manager of Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), at the world premiere of the films that took place on 20/21 July 2013:
“We are delighted to host the world premiere of the African Metropolis Short Film Project, which explores and promotes young directing talent from
different capitals of the continent. This idea fits perfectly with our own goal of highlighting the emerging African film industry.”
Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), says:
"African Metropolis really shows us a new generation of African film makers and gives us a glimpse of new talent from the continent. The short films
reflect on some of the social realities. We are glad to have Executive Producer Steven Markovitz back; he has previously shown work at TIFF. I hope
that some of the African Metropolis directors will go on to make feature films quite soon."
Rasha Salti, International Programmer of Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), says:
"The African Metropolis Short Film Project has given young filmmakers the license to shape an aesthetic and imagine stories and characters set in a
culture of urbanity. The plurality and diversity of voices is a joy to discover. Should this series continue, a small compendium of emerging talents from
urban Africa can compile into a rare, and fascinating contemporary testimony from a continent for too long harnessed into the most moribund and facile prejudices."
Gertjan Zuilhof, International Programmer and Peter van Hoof, Head of Short Film Programme of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR):
"Big city films from African big cities is just what we have been waiting for. It is about time we move on from pre-colonial nostalgia. The best would be
if this project could work as a model for the future. Many occasional film projects have been done in Africa - and also Rotterdam had its share in them -
but continuation is what is needed. On to the next series should be the motto."