Ferdinand Ekechukwu reviews that Organisers of the Nollywood Week Movie Pageant have introduced the official choice for this 12 months’s version scheduled to happen nearly between Thursday, Could 6 and Sunday, Could 9, 2021
The choices for the 2021 Nollywood Week Movie Pageant is made up of eight brief movies and 10 function movies, scheduled to display, like Moses Inwang’s newest movie – Lockdown – which can have its world premiere and open the eighth version of the annual competition. A few of the Nigerian films which have additionally been chosen for this 12 months’s competition embody A couple of Boy by Diji Aderogba; All Na Vibes by Taiwo Egunjobi; For Maria Ebun Pataki by Damilola E. Orimogunje; The Herbert Macaulay Affair by Imoh Umoren and Woman Buckit & the Motley Mposters by Adebisi Adetayo.
Others are The New Regular by Teniola Olatoni Ojigbede; One Lagos Evening by Ekene Som Mekwunye; Ponzi by Kayode Kasum and The Classes by Judith Audu. Similar goes for the brief movies which embody Heaven Child by Damilola Orimogunje; Homecoming by Daniel Uzodinma; Hear by Udoka Onyeka; Pause by Senegalese Nigerian Jammal Ibrahim; One thing Particular by Valuable Asuai; The Checklist by Goga Clay; The Satchel by Nissi Ogulu, and the Practice Wreck by Roberta Orioma.
The organisers of the Pageant nonetheless famous that the prevalent adjustments and challenges being skilled necessitated this 12 months’s digital occasion. “At present, because the world is experiencing adjustments and challenges (BLM motion, COVID-19… ) we have now determined to increase the scope of the competition to be able to amplify voices from everywhere in the black world as right this moment greater than ever we imagine #blackstoriesmatter. Historically going down within the coronary heart of Paris, France, the competition will probably be accessible on-line to maintain our viewers protected, observe native security protocols and to supply accessibility to attendees all over the world,” stated the orginisers.
The Nollywood Week Movie Pageant, which is open to Black filmmakers from all over the world, showcases one of the best of the Nigerian movie trade with the goal of discovering a bigger viewers and a extra sustainable distribution system for these high quality movies. The competition is organized by Paris-based affiliation, Okada Media, headed by Serge Noukoué and Nadira Shakur. Name for entry for this version was made February 10.
The 2 co-founders have been selling African cinema globally for a decade and are actually witnessing a shift in attitudes. “France and the remainder of the cinema world are actually seeing Nigeria as a real contender in filmmaking. We see that with the shift in attitudes, the rise in acquisitions of Nigerian content material and even the significance that the French president positioned on it throughout his go to to Nigeria in 2019 as an illustration” Nadira Shakur, the competition’s Communications Director famous.