Spotlight on the 5th Edition of the Nollywood Week Festival 2017

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The Nollywood Week Film Festival returns to the Cinema L’Arlequin Paris for its 5th edition from Thursday, May 11 to Sunday, May 14, 2017. Organised by Okada Media, and with Serge Noukoué and Nadira Shakur as directors, the annual film festival showcases the best of Nollywood with the aim of finding new audiences and more sustainable distribution channels.
The 2017 edition of the festival includes film screenings, musical performances, Q and A sessions with film directors, producers and actors, as well as seminars and workshops dedicated to the African cinema industry.

Cinema L’Arlequin Paris

Nollywood Week Paris 2017 volunteers

Like previous editions, this year’s selection reflects a broad diversity of genres. Many feature-length and short films released in 2016, have been screened at prestigious international film festivals in 2016 and 2017 like the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)British Film Institute London Film Festival (BFI)Pan-African Film and Television Festival (FESPACO), as well as Nigerian film festivals like African International Film Festival (AFRIFF)Lights Camera Africa (LCA) and Real Time Film Festival (RTF).
In addition, visitors will get the chance to view five feature films in competition for the prestigious People’s Choice Awards; the award-winning period thriller ’76 by Izu Ojukwu, which opens the festival; the record-breaking comedy The Wedding Party by Kemi Adetiba who is the only female director whose directorial debut features in the festival; the visual art infused, coming of age movie Green White Green by Abba T. Makama; a Lagos love story Gidi Blues by veteran filmmaker Femi Odugbemi; and Dinner, a drama by Jay Franklyn Jituboh.

The People’s Choice Awards is sponsored by Angénieux, a leading manufacturer of high-quality optic cinema lenses for the broadcast and film industries, Angénieux will gracefully put its optics at the disposal of the winners  of this award, granting them the opportunity to combine their creativity with French technical expertise during their next filming., a film from the newly styled Nolly Noir genre, and directed by the British-Nigerian filmmaker Walter Taylaur will have its world premiere on the closing night of the festival on Sunday, May 14.

For the second year running, short films dealing with topical issues of neglect and abuse of young girls, the plight of immigrants and mental illness have been carefully selected for screening. Lodgers by Keni Ogunlola, Aliyyah’s Wish by Jamiu Shoyode, Silence by Tolu Ajayi, Room 315 by Niyi Akinmolayan and Plaything, the only animated short film in the festival directed by Eri Umusu and Nurdin Momodu feature in this category.

The Nollywod Week festival is  supported by Total, Air France and the City of Paris.

A still photo from Keni Ogunlola’s short film Lodgers

Adebimpe Adebambo is the Business Development Officer at Revilo, an art and culture publishing company. She studied Painting at the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos. Adebambo is also a fashion and accessories designer, and her work is concerned with environmental sustainability and recycling. She debuted as a costume designer on Tunde Kelani's award-winning film Dazzling Mirage, garnering for her efforts, 2 nominations in 2015 for an Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Award and an African Movie Academy Award for Best Costume Designer and Achievement in Costume Design, respectively. Adebimpe Adebambo loves to write and is presently working on a storybook.

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