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The $1 Billion FIlm Industry

Film production on the continent of Africa is vast and full.  African filmmaking dates back to the early 20th century, when film reels were the primary cinematic technology in use. However, during the colonial era, African life was shown only by the work of white, colonial, Western filmmakers, who depicted blacks in a negative fashion, as exotic “others.”  In the mid 1900’s Countrymen and women took charge of their stories and became African authentic filmmakers.

The African movie industry is experiencing an evolution. Authentic native films currently outsell Hollywood films on the continent. The quality of movies are increasing at an alarming rate; actors are now better financially compensated;  directors and other professionals in the industry are travelling overseas to institutions like the New York Film Academy to hone their skills; investors and businessmen are pouring more substantial financial resources into the production of better quality films. Nowadays, it’s common place to see movies produced on a 6-figure budget, which is a major improvement from the past.

To date, African Cinema has the largest film library in the world thanks to Nollywood, Nigeria’s film industry.  With all the countries united, Africa’s movie industry is a $1 billion commercial enterprise – and this is without the assistance of the major Hollywood film studios. African cinema provides employment for about 500,000 filmmakers, marketers and distributors. After Hollywood, it is the second largest in the world - even bigger than India’s Bollywood on per-capita basis.

TILFA is excited to invite the filmmakers of the African continent to submit their film projects for a chance to win a Legacy Award and titled Best in the World of Film.

TILFA Film Regions and Countries Represented

Three National Directors and six Regional Directors are assigned to the continent of Africa to oversee the following regions:

North + East + Central Africa

  • Northern Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia
  • East Africa: Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda
  • Central Africa: D.R. Congo, Cameroon

West Africa

  • Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ghana, Liberia, Niger,
  • Nigeria, Senegal

South Africa

  • Angola, Madagascar, South Africa

Daniel Dejene

Executive Director

Film Regions

North + East + Central Africa
West Africa
South Africa

National Directors

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Regional Directors

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  4. VACANT
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Access Region

  • North + East + Central Africa
  • West Africa
  • South Africa
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