Three audience prizes will be awarded at this year’s festival:
- The prize for best feature film is sponsored by monthly magazine “choices” in cooperation with FilmInitiativ. 11 feature films from 8 countries are up for selection.
- Broadcaster WDR will also award an audience prize to the best documentary. 16 documentaries from 11 countries are competing for that prize.
- KIOSK Arts Exchange e. V. will sponsor the prize for best short film.
FilmInitiativ would like to request that all audience members give their ratings by tearing off the selected category (from “very good” [“sehr gut”] to “very bad” [“sehr schlecht”]) on the voting slips provided, and the average rating of each of the competition films will be worked out from these votes.
The prizes will be presented on the last day of the festival at Filmforum by Rüdiger Schmidt-Sodingen (choices), Jutta Krug (documentary department, WDR Fernsehen) and Elfriede Schmitt (KIOSK Arts Exchange e. V.)
(Sunday, 26.09., 20:00)
Stands in the festival foyer
The Filmforum foyer will again be transformed into a mini bazaar during the festival. Organisations from African communities, festival partners and initiatives will provide information about their work. There will also be stands selling films on DVD and literature.
People from African communities will again provide several food and beverage options at all events at Filmforum im Museum Ludwig. The bar at Filmforum will also be serving a range of drinks.
Simultaneous interpretation will be offered at all film discussions at Filmforum (from English or French into German). We would like to request that all audience members collect their receiver with headphones well in advance of the event (an ID card must be left as deposit).
Refugees will again receive free entry to all film events at this year’s festival. We kindly request welcome initiatives to register group visits in advance so we can reserve seats. Please send requests to firstname.lastname@example.org (or enquire at the ticket office at Filmforum).
Screenings for schoolchildren
If you wish to participate in the school group screenings featuring African guests, we kindly ask you to contact us in advance at:
FilmInitiativ Köln e.V., tel.: 0221 – 46 96 243, email@example.com
Festival information about the events and the film discussions with guests, as well as press reports and background information regarding the films, will be displayed on the info wall in the Filmforum foyer. The same information is available on filme-aus-afrika.de under the “Releases” section of the “Press” tab and on afrikafilmfestivalkoeln.de under the “Press” tab. The websites also offer practical information for all festival films, plus a schedule and film and festival trailers.
Meetingpoint, Press & Virtual Reality
The Café Hallmackenreuther (Brüsseler Platz) will be again our meeting point for the festival guests. Media representatives are able to do interviews here as well. Appointments can be registred via FilmInitiativ. Contact: Sebastian Fischer (01722151084).
On the 1st floor of the café the Virtual Reality program will be offered during the festival period (free of charge).
The workshop run by the museum’s educational service on the ground floor of Filmforum will again be made available this year for festival-goers to meet the directors. Film discussions that may otherwise have been cut short in the cinema due to later screenings can be continued here in smaller groups. The workshops listed in the programme will also be held here. Upon request, the room can also be booked for press interviews with festival guests.
Taxi Bamako -
bike rickshaws for festival-goers
Festival-goers will again be able to travel to and from the festival in style with the highly popular “Taxi Bamako” service. Taxi Bamako is a bicycle rickshaw that is adorned with all the right accessories for an African film festival, and the right music. The rickshaw has a maximum capacity of two passengers (max. total weight: 150 kg). A trip through Cologne city centre (e.g. from Filmforum im Museum Ludwig to the filmmakers’ hotel on Flandrische Straße, just off Rudolfplatz) costs seven euros for one person, or twelve euros for two. Taxi Bamako can also be booked hourly at a flat rate of 20 euros (one person) or 25 euros (two people). The service is only available when it is not raining. We recommend that you book rickshaw trips a day in advance. And anyone who leaves their programme in the cinema will find a replacement in the rickshaw. For Taxi Bamako bookings, please send a text message to Bernhard Tscherny at 0162-35 86 88 0.