Nollywood Week Film Festival Unveils Selection for its 7th Edition
The organisers of the Nollywood Week Film Festival have unveiled the official selection for this year’s edition slated for May 9-12, 2019at the Cinema l’Arlequin. The selection is made up of 9 short films and 10 feature films. The feature films are divided into two categories; the official selection and the special screenings. The feature films in the official selection will be competing for the Audience Choice Award, which is given to the film with the highest marks from the audience. Voting takes place immediately after the screening and the winner is announced during the closing ceremony of the festival. Previous winners include movies like Phone Swap, The Meeting, 76, The Wedding Party and Isoken. In addition, the winning filmmaker is granted the possibility to shoot his/her next film with a top of the line lenses from the Angénieux brand for free.
The 2019 edition focuses on the importance of telling our own stories, especially from a woman’s perspective. The official selection are: God Calling by BB Sasore, King of Boys by Kemi Adetiba, Knock Out Blessing by Dare Olaitan, Lara and the Beats by Tosin Coker, Light in the Dark by Ekene Som Mekwunye, Moms at War by Omoni Oboli, Oga Bolaji by Kayode Kasum and Up North by Tope Oshin. There will also be a special screening of the American produced Nigerian Prince with the closing film revealed at a later date.
Short films selected for the festival include #TheFourthSide by Uyayou Adia, Closed by Tolu Ajayi, Domestic Accident by Luke Oyovbaire, Fade by Bunmi Ajakayle, Fine by Lala Akindoju, Jungle Justice by Idowu Okeniyi, My Kabukabu life by Peter Okojie, The Trespasser by William Boyd and This is Lagos by Ibikunle Ibitayo.
Nollywood Week Film Festival is organized by the French-based association Okada Media, headed by Serge Noukoué and Nadira Shakur. The two co-founders have been promoting African cinema globally for a decade and are now witnessing a shift in attitudes. “France (and the rest of the cinema world) are now seeing Nigeria as a true contender in filmmaking. We see that with the shift in attitudes, the increase in acquisitions of Nigerian content and even the importance that the French president placed on it during his visit to Nigeria last year for instance” says Nadira Shakur, the festival’s Communications Director.
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