12th Nepal Africa Film Festival to be Held in Kathmandu

The 12th Nepal Africa Film Festival is set to take place in Kathmandu from June 21 to 23, showcasing a diverse selection of films, documentaries, and short films from Nepal and Africa. According to a press release issued by the festival organizers, 28 entries from 10 countries, including Nepal, have been selected for this year’s event.

Organized by the College of Journalism and Mass Communication and Bilakchhyan Creation, and co-organized by the Film Development Board, the festival will feature eight African films from nine countries: South Africa, Egypt, Tanzania, Turkey, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Mauritius, and Jamaica. The selection was made from over four dozen submissions from more than 15 countries.

Additionally, seven Nepali and indigenous feature films, along with 10 short films, have been chosen. From 73 Nepali submissions, 20 films, documentaries, and short films made the final cut. Notable selections include “Sorry Mom,” “Kandetaar,” “Gurkha Warrior,” “Sanakhat,” “Aaphnai Karma,” “Lojima,” and “Reet.”

Dr. Manju Mishra, principal of the College of Journalism and Mass Communication, highlighted the festival’s mission to bridge the cultural gap between Nepal and Africa through cinema. “The preparations for the festival are progressing rapidly. We have been organizing this festival for 13 years to connect two different worlds through movies and cultures,” said Mishra. She emphasized the importance of viewing Africa through an African perspective, noting the continent’s diversity, beauty, and prosperity.

Festival director Dabbu Kshetri announced that the event will be held at CDC Cinemas in CTC Mall, Kathmandu, to ensure convenient access for the audience. Alongside film screenings, the festival will feature three days of special workshops and interactive programs focused on acting. Kshetri expressed the festival’s goal of promoting the cultures of Nepal and Africa by connecting their cinematic works.

The Nepal Africa Film Festival continues to foster cultural exchange and understanding, celebrating the rich storytelling traditions of both regions.