Over 30 years of festival

The African Film Festival of Milan was founded in 1991 as an opportunity to meet and learn about the themes and languages of new African cinema and the African diaspora around the world.

The Festival was conceived and it’s organized and promoted by the COE Association, an NGO with over 50 years of history in international cooperation with a focus on education through the arts.

Since its first edition, the Festival has hosted the greatest African filmmakers of all time, such as Idrissa Ouédraogo, Sembène Ousmane, Djibril Diop Mambéty, Nouri Bouzid and Raoul Peck, and has watched directors such as Abderrahamane Sissako, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun and Alain Gomis grow from their first short films.