New African Film Festival

March 5–19

See every film with the all-access pass, on sale now! With the pass, you have priority access to every screening — no tickets needed! The pass grants you admission for one to every screening in the 2020 New African Film Festival, including Opening Night. All-access pass: $150 General Admission/$130 AFI Members.

Click "Gifts & Passes" at the top of this page to purchase.

Now in its 16th year, the New African Film Festival is presented by AFI, Africa World Now Project and afrikafé, and brings the vibrancy of African filmmaking from all corners of the continent and across the diaspora to the Washington, DC, area.

Opening with acclaimed historical drama ENCHAINED, winner of the Best Film, Best Actor and Best Actress prizes at Ethiopia's 2019 Leza Awards, this year's festival includes 39 films from 25 countries — 40% are directed by women and 12 are North American or U.S. premieres. Highlights include Burkinabé filmmaker Apolline Traoré's DESRANCES, featuring Haitian American superstar Jimmy Jean-Louis; MY FRIEND FELA, a documentary about Nigerian music legend Fela Kuti, which won the Paul Robeson Prize at last year's FESPACO Film Festival; and Urbanworld Jury Prize winner THE GHOST AND THE HOUSE OF TRUTH, produced by Nollywood mogul Ego Boyo. The festival closes with a new restoration of Tunisian director Férid Boughedir's landmark survey of African cinema, CAMÉRA D'AFRIQUE, which was first screened at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival.

$5 Tickets $5 Tickets
3D Movie 3D Movie
70mm Film 70mm Film
Book Signing Book Signing
Door Prizes Door Prizes
Double Feature Double Feature
FREE Screening FREE Screening
Guest Intro Guest Intro
Guest Q&A Guest Q&A
Live Musical Accompaniment Live Musical Accompaniment
Open Captioned Screening Open Captioned Screening
Opening Night Opening Night
Reception Reception




Monday, March 08, 2021


Monday, March 08, 2021