The Afrika Filmfestival in Leuven is the most important annual showcase for African films in the Benelux. The festival tries to promote African cinema supporting distribution and national release of features, (co-)organizing conferences, publishing books on African cinema and consulting other festivals and institutions. And… obviously screening African films…
The main aims of its politics and programming can be summarized as follows:
1) To provide an alternative for filmmakers and producers to have screening opportunities which mainstream distribution does not grant them, and thus generating some income for them that, in turn, provides them with the opportunities and means to continue filming and producing.
2) To create a stage in which films by Africans and African culture can be visible and present in Benelux media on a permanent basis.