Lala Tuku

The Africa Rising International Film Festival (ARIFF) is back for its second edition and will be taking place next month from the 27th to the 30th of November 2019 in these three venues: National School of Arts in Braamfontein, Sterkinekor Newtown Junction & The Market Theatre.

This festival began last year as a pre-event to the Global Festival Week in South Africa and Mandela 100 Festival which ran from 26-29 November 2018. The film festival is organised by film producer Kweku Mandela, Lala Tuku of Corporate Icons Media, and Ayanda Sithebe of Actor Spaces alongside Sdumo Mtshali and Pallance Dladla. The launch for this year’s edition was held at the National School of the Arts in Braamfontein. The media Launch kickstarted with Lala Tuku’s speech which covered extensively the importance of “building audiences as part of the long term film marketing strategy and of cause inclusion and participation.”

Enhle Mbali, Kweku Mandela & Lala Tuku

Africa Rising International Film Festival’s program will include:

  • International and Pan African Film Screenings 
  • The ARIFF Film Child program for school children
  • Masterclasses
  • Panel Discussions
  • Live Film Masterclasses
  • Pan African Legends Series curated by Lebone Maema
  • Film Poker Pitching
  • The Digital Hub and so much more
Students at the National School of Arts

This year’s Pan African Legends Series will see ARIFF honoring and celebrating South African Producer, Director, and Writer, Mr. Ramdan Suleman. His award-winning feature films ‘Fools’ and ‘Zulu Love Letter’ including his latest ground-breaking documentary ‘By All Means Necessary’ will form part of ARIFF’s 2019 film screenings program.

“This year in addition to the digital hubs virtual reality station and web series screenings, we step into the fourth industrial revolution with two new members to the digital hub family, ‘TAM Gaming’ founded by reality star and comedian Tall ASS Mo and CISCO – a leading game player in technology” – Ayanda Sithebe

The film festival in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture, Ster Kinekor, Gauteng Film Commission, The House of Mandela, United International Pictures, The Market Theatre, Global Citizen Festival, and CISCO.

Host: Lala Tuku

“The core film program will address lack of accessibility, women empowerment & youth development, by providing an opportunity for previously disadvantaged communities (the youth, women, the queer community and people living with disabilities, an opportunity to participate in the festival, through the festival’s programs” – Lala Tuku. 

Full International and African film screening program will be communicated closer to the time. 


In the meantime follow below social media platforms for ARIFF:




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