The African Film Festival of Milan began in 1991 as an occasion to meet and get to know different cultures and with the goal of raising awareness about both the issues and the new cinematographic language from Africa and the African Diaspora around the world.
In 2003, in order to meet the needs of an increasingly multicultural society, the Festival became the African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival, expanding its competition to films made by Asian and Latin American filmmakers.
Our Festival is to date the only one in Italy – and one of three in Europe – entirely focused on the cinema, the societies and the cultures from the three continents: a fresh alternative to the mainstream media, and an event that has now become a tradition for cinema lovers.
The Festival aims at promoting young talents while dealing with current issues, such as immigration and integration.
The event is organized every year by COE – CENTRO ORIENTAMENTO EDUCATIVO, an NGO that has been operating for 50 years to promote international cooperation and education to a global citizenship.
Thanks to COE’s activities, the Festival travels from Milan across Italy with the COEmedia Film Distribution catalogue (which consists of films presented at the Festival’s past editions), counting over 300 yearly screenings in festivals and cinema clubs on national territory, and weekly school activities.
One of COE’s (hence the Festival’s) main goals is education through art and cinema in particular. That’s why, from the very beginning, the African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival turned this ambition into a concrete action called SPAZIO SCUOLA. This initiative allows schools to be directly involved with the Festival, engaging both students and teachers with film screenings and inspiring Q&As with the directors.
Each year the Festival organizes matinées with a Young Jury made up of teenagers between the ages of 14 and 16, and a Teacher Jury with 20 teachers of elementary, middle and high school.
Both juries assign every year two prizes to the short films that best convey educational and intercultural values.
From 1991… Africa, Asia and Latin America as you’ve never seen them…in movie theaters!