2,062 films submitted for 6th Eko International Film Festival
The Nigeria Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference
The Movie “SILVER RAIN” for the 6th EKOIFF
Actor Chukwudi Leonard-Oji Looking Beyond Nollywood.
CPD 9th Annual Research Conference On Cultural Diplomacy University of Southern  California
Warwick Law School student Nkechikwu Azinge, Received Queen’s Young Leader Award.
IFFR 2015 Awards Announced
WOMEN: MAKE IT HAPPEN
Become A Sponsor To The 6th Eko International Film Festival
Hurrah! EbonyLife TV is 2 Today!!!

Ibo Language film “Nkuma“ Produced by Madu Chikwendu

akumaBenedict Johnon .Akeem Rahman, Madu C Chikwendu, Amayo Uzo Philip Move To Save Ibo Culture In Nkuma
August 19, 2015Umuahia, Southeast Nigeria –Five years after he initiated a conference for the revival of Ibo language films, frontline Filmmaker and Activist Madu C Chikwendu has finally redeemed his pledge to the Ibo nation. His shingle Kraftman Production has completed Principal Photography on the highly anticipated Ibo Language film “Nkuma“.

Filmed on High Definition in the highlands of Abia state, Nkuma goes behind the myth to unearth the realities of being a warrior amongst the Abiriba people of Abia state .Starring Benedict Johnson, Akeem Rahman, Ben Onuegbu and Hajiya Abubakar the movie assembles a glittering cast whose mastery of Ibo language and culture will surely propel the language and culture of the Ibo’s to new heights.
The Abiriba, Ada, Abam Ohafioa peoples ofAbia State alongside the Ashanti of Ghana and the ancient Romans are amongst the world’s earliest professional soldiers. They were soldiers for hire used mainly by the Aro’s for slave raiding operations. But amongst these tribes a precondition for fullmanhood isthe provision of a specified number of humanheads. This was the ultimate test of Manhood. Some of the warriors never return from this mission.Okwute’s(Benedict Johnson) father never returnedfrom hismission. Now he must embark on a similar mission and raid a distant clan.
For Executive Producer / Producer Madu C Chikwendu:
Making this movie has always been one of my ambitions in life. Growing up in South Eastern Nigeria it is still difficult to say whether “Ndi Ogbuisi “ ( Head Hunters ) were heroes or villains but they were a bit like bogey men used to scare children…..they were supposedly lurking somewhere in the Bamboo thicket. As a Filmmaker it was quite interesting to research this phenomenon and unravel why they existed in the first instance.
Nkuma is helmed by Amayo Uzor Philip (DGN) starring Benedict Johnson, AkeemRahman, BenOnuegbuand HajiyaAbubaker aka Dambaru.Movie is helmed by fast rising DOP Chukwudi Madu with Phil Collins and Fred Amakom as Line Producer and Associate Producer respectively.
Director Amayo Uzor Philip declared that it was a breathtaking experience:
First Madu and I have been very concerned since the revelation that the Igbo language is dying. So for me it was also a mission…to save the language of my people. So we had to be careful to cast people with the necessary mastery of the language plus the physique hence the choice of BJ (Benedict Johnson as the warrior Okwute.
The movie will go on a global tour after a World Premiere in November 2015. You can watch the trailer on YouTube via this link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sH_dRrmHnPg or directly from our web site here: http://mcmng.org/kraftman-production.html
ABOUT KRAFTMAN PRODUCTION
Founded by Filmmaker Madu C.Chikwendu Kraftman Production is the Lifestyle, Audio Visual distribution and Production powerhouse of Madu’s MCM group ( www.mcmng.org.) Other units include Thud Worldwide Consultants Ltd and Lagos Film Institute.Notable brands include Miss Safety International Beauty Pageant, Lagos International Film Festival, and Leap International Film Festival.
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Eko International Film Festival 2015 Edition Hots Up

EKO GREENThis year’s edition of the Eko International Film Festival billed to rally film stars, directors, producers, script writers, film makers among other allied tourism sectors is billed for November 16 to 21, 2015 in Lagos.
According to the Founder/President of Eko International Film Festival, Mr Hope Obioma Opara, “The film festival has already attracted 3,114 entries from 118 countries cut across the continents.
Opara said that the festival’s focus during this edition will be on contributions of the media to the growth of the film industry.
He added that with the encouraging numbers of entry received, there is strong hope that the film festival will continue to be bigger.
Opara said that the film submission for the festival, which was opened till June 30, 2015, has been extended to July 15, 2015 to avail those who are yet to put in for the festival.
“Film submissions must be in one of the seven categories; feature, short fiction and documentaries, short documentaries, horror, student film and one minute.
“Other activities during this week-long event include workshops and seminars with brand platform and support for corporate organizations to be part of the event.”

Written by: ‘Wale Olapade

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Nigerian Film Producers Get Pointers From Hollywood

  LOS ANGELES—
The 2012 film “Last Flight to Abuja” from Nigerian director Obi Emelonye was a disaster thriller based on the true tale of an air crash.
“30 Days in Atlanta,” a 2014 film from Nigerian comic Ayo Makun, was the top-earning Nigerian feature ever. It chronicles the adventures of a Nigerian man and his cousin on a monthlong trip to America.
Cinema professors and movie professionals recently met with 30 Nigerian producers at the University of California-Los Angeles film school, where the Nollywood moviemakers heard tips on promoting their burgeoning industry — the world’s second largest by number of films produced, trailing India’s Bollywood but ahead of Hollywood.

DKFIDELIS DUKER

(Film Maker/Founder Abuja International Film  Festival)

“It is an industry that employs close to a million people, either directly or indirectly, and has close to about $500 million a year in revenues annually,” said filmmaker Fidelis Duker.
It could have billions in revenue if not for piracy. Pirated DVDs are sold openly in markets, and the Nigerian government has promised to crack down.
Nigeria produces more than 1,000 feature films each year. Most are quickly shot on inexpensive digital equipment. They are typically direct-to-DVD productions, with budgets in the tens of thousands of dollars. Major Hollywood movies can cost $200 million or more.
In two weeks of seminars at UCLA, these producers heard about the art and business of moviemaking. Hollywood actress Diane Ladd, a three-time Oscar nominee, spoke about the importance of collaboration.
“When we in the arts work together, we are promoting culture,” Ladd said. “And remember, if this civilization loses its culture, you lose the civilization.”
The 2014 film “Half of a Yellow Sun,” starring British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, was an adaptation of an award-winning African novel, set against the backdrop of the Biafran civil war in Nigeria of the 1960s. Nigerian producers say there are more like these to come.

Mike O’Sullivan ….. VOA
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Actor Chukwudi Leonard-Oji Looking Beyond Nollywood.

CHUKS 2The name Chukwudi Leonard-Oji will always ring bell when you discuss about Nollywood the most popular movie industry in Africa. His career has spanned through many years of hard work and commitment as an actor in the Nigerian film industry today. He has earned himself many admirers and fans across Nigeria and Africa in general in course his profession as a versatile actor that can kill any role given to him.

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Chukwudi’s towering personality 6ft 1” make every girl’s head turn around whenever he appears on red carpets, no wonder he is fondly addressed as the
ladies man but he has never been distracted by this because ones you are in the public eyes you should expect that; more importantly if you are the charming time. He is such a handsome dude that can make any wife emotionally unstable but he always keeps his head high and strictly professional to his very best.

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The Light skinned, brown eyed actor has appeared in several movies, soap series and TV Shows which includes
Playing “Hassan” in AMBO 5’s “ALERO’S SYMPHONY” Director: Izu Ojukwu.

As Pastor Thomas in Royal art’s “ON BENDED KNEES” Director: Lancelot Imaseun.

As Dayo Ibrahim in Adonis production’s “VALOR”- Director: Niyi Akinmolayan,

As Chidi in Something Unusual Studio’s “FACADE”- Director: Nodash ,

As Mike in Toka Makbaro’s “IKOGOSI, THE LAST TURN ON THE LEFT-Director: Toka Mcbaro,

Uche Jumbo Studio’s “A MOTHER’S FIGHT” – Producer: Uche Jumbo,

As Charles in Africa Magic Original Films’ ” SEQUENCE” – Director: Uzordima Opechi,

As Agrnt Duma in Africa Magic Original Films’ “WHEN YOU DIE”-Director: James Omokwe, Series:

As Sunom Idibia in MNET Africa’s “TINSEL”- Producer: Rogers Ofime,

Koga Studio’s “EVE”- Producer: Jahto ,

As Azuka in Common Ground Production’s “THE STATION”- Producer: Allen Scheid,

TV Shows:”MTN n U” (host),Jason’s Height’s “DESERT WARRIORS” (host), CGP’s “THE ACADEMY” (competitor).

Playing all these roles he is very focused getting to greater heights and currently Producing films which some of them will be screened during the 6th edition of the annual Eko International Film Festival coming up November 16-21,2015 at the prestigious Silvrbird Cinemas Victoria Island Lagos. Nigeria.

When you ask Chukwudi Leonard-Oji what next, he will simple tell you that he is looking beyond Nollywood.

Chuks on Set

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The Movie “SILVER RAIN” for the 6th EKOIFF

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Class struggle can only have one winner… In this gripping love story, Ajoa, a ‘Kayayo’ street girl from Accra, meets Bruce, the rich heir of the Timothy fortunes; Their friendship sets into motion a class war, as Ajoa struggles to cross the class divide and find love, and Bruce struggles to find himself, independent of his father. Together, they must brave the turbulent political times, as well as the social obstacles that build. Will they change society or will it change them. Can their friendship and love endure? This is the story of the strength of the human spirit and when there is no place else to go, but up!

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Juliet Asante The  Director

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Warwick Law School student Nkechikwu Azinge, Received Queen’s Young Leader Award.

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Congratulations to Warwick Law School student Nkechikwu Azinge, who has been awarded a Queen’s Young Leader Award.
Nkechikwu was recognised for setting up the Sickle Cell Aid Foundation in Nigeria to help people with the hereditary blood disorder sickle cell anaemia and to educate young people about the condition. Her award was presented by the Queen in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace

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Hurrah! EbonyLife TV is 2 Today!!!

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We at EbonyLife TV are excited about how far we have come as a channel and would like to thank our avid viewers, clients and sponsors for their continuous support. We know it’s cliché but we truly wouldn’t be where we are now without you all and for that, we are truly grateful! In celebration of EbonyLife TV’s 2nd year anniversary, we are bringing you exhilarating, exclusive specials…

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In The Spot, what have your favourite trio got in store for you? Well, Lamide, Ebuka and Zainab will be indulging you in a special retrospective episode with two of their favourite guests Falz TheBahdGuy and Omalicha as they look back at their favourite moments, it’ll be fun, exciting and different. Join the party on Wednesday 1st July, at 21:00 WAT, on EbonyLife TV, DStv channel 165. You don’t want to miss it!

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In Chefrican, we’ll be cooking up a treat as Uzo shows us how to make African party favourites with an urban twist. Joined by a surprise guest, we celebrate with moments of mouth-watering pleasure on this special anniversary episode of Chefrican on Sunday 5th July at 21:00WAT on EbonyLife TV, DStv channel 165.

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Twice the humour, twice the fun, twice the drama, it’s EL R8D!!! The ever hilarious EmmaOhMyGod and funny newbie Wofai Fada will leave your ribs cracking in the “EL R8D Anniversary Special”. Join the comical duo as they bring humour and knowledge together in celebration of EbonyLife TV at 2. Catch the special episode on Sunday 5th July at 18:00WAT on EbonyLife TV, DStv channel 165.

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Join the EL Now gang as they take a look back at the last year, highlighting phenomenal ELTV moments, they’ll also be counting down the “Top 5 Strong Women of EbonyLife TV”. Party hard with Ekeng, Wunmi and Cynthia…you can do this on Wednesday 1st July at 16:30 WAT on EbonyLife TV, DStv channel 165.

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When you hear “Progressive Positive News” what do you think of? EL Reports, right? In celebration of EbonyLife TV’s second year anniversary, EL Reports will be taking you on a reflective visit as they highlight the “best bits” of the last year. Tune in to EbonyLife TV, DStv channel 165 on Friday 3rd July at 18:00WAT. In the next year, EL Reports looks forward to bringing you more progressive positive reportage, not only from Africa but internationally. Cheers to many more years and cheers to you!

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Celebrating 9 years of the best of talk, Moments with Mo is going travelling as they redefine Pan-African! Taking the chat to Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa, join the conversation and together we bring you exciting new “Moments”! Starting July 1st

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Ever wondered what your domestic staff are up to when your back is turned? Coming soon to EbonyLife TV is Madam Sarah’s House, a brand new comedy surrounding the day-to-day shenanigans of the typical Nigerian domestic staff. Coming soon and exclusive to EbonyLife TV.

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2,062 films submitted for 6th Eko International Film Festival

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Eko International Film Festival (Ekoiff), a duly registered international film festival (by Supple Communication limited) was inaugurated in 2010 to position Nigerian film Industry to imbibe international best practice by creating opportunities for international co-productions and distribution and thus bring the world film market to Nigeria.

Ekoiff has been endorsed by Lagos State Government

The Eko International Film Festival is one of the premier venues for the exhibition and promotion of feature and short films in the Lagos, and one of the leading independent film festivals in Africa dedicated to celebrating and sharing with national and international audiences the absolute best in the world of films and screenplays, film scores, and some other genres, the festival features special presentations, retrospectives, workshops, pitch panels, networking events, celebrities, a gala awards reception and ceremony, and many of the world’s top independent film screening.

The 6 edition is billed to take place November 16 – 21,2015 at Silverbird Cinemas Victoria Island Lagos.

Below are submissions from different countries of the world.

Submissions by Location

Country Submissions
United States 301
United Kingdom 171
Canada 135
Spain 128
India 124
France 117
Iran, Islamic Republic of 90
Italy 79
Brazil 72
Germany 67
Not Specified 40
Egypt 36
Portugal 34
Argentina 33
Turkey 30
Australia 26
Ireland 24
Russian Federation 22
Nigeria 21
Philippines 20
Poland 20
Singapore 20
Taiwan 18
Romania 18
China 17
Mexico 17
Hong Kong 15
Sweden 14
Belgium 12
Israel 11
Denmark 11
Finland 11
Bulgaria 10
Peru 10
Switzerland 10
Greece 10
Serbia 10
Netherlands 10
Syrian Arab Republic 9
Korea, Republic of 9
Indonesia 9
New Zealand 9
Kosovo 9
South Africa 7
Austria 7
Iraq 7
Japan 7
Cameroon 6
Pakistan 6
Ukraine 6
Ecuador 6
Czech Republic 5
Norway 5
Kazakhstan 5
Cuba 5
Bangladesh 5
Viet Nam 5
Nepal 5
Uganda 5
Croatia 5
Hungary 4
Colombia 4
Malaysia 4
Lebanon 4
Georgia 4
Chile 4
Sri Lanka 4
Morocco 4
Lithuania 3
United Arab Emirates 3
Afghanistan 3
Bahrain 3
Cyprus 3
Moldova, Republic of 3
Thailand 3
Angola 3
Estonia 2
Côte d’Ivoire 2
Dominican Republic 2
Algeria 2
Mongolia 2
Myanmar 2
Puerto Rico 2
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of 2
Tanzania, United Republic of 2
Iceland 2
Ghana 2
Slovakia 2
Isle of Man 2
Belarus 2
Kenya 2
Jordan 1
Latvia 1
Western Sahara 1
Qatar 1
Palestine, State of 1
Malta 1
Botswana 1
Paraguay 1
Luxembourg 1
Azerbaijan 1
El Salvador 1
Martinique 1
Congo, the Democratic Republic of the 1
Zimbabwe 1
Guinea-Bissau 1
Guinea 1
Rwanda 1
Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of 1
Guadeloupe 1
French Polynesia 1

Entries by Category

Category Entries
Feature Film , Short Film , Fiction, Documentaries , Short Documentaries, Horror, Student Film 1 minute 2062

You are all welcome to the 6th edition of Eko International Film Festival.

Nobember 16-21,2015.

Hope Obioma Opara

President/Founder

Eko International Film Festival

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY FIDELIS DUKER

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FIDELIS DUKER
Film Director/Producer. and Founder: Abuja Inter’l Film Festival

I met Fidelis Duker the first time in 2009 at the biggest film festival of the world “FESTIVAL de CANNES”i.e. Cannes Film Festival in France, since then we have been like brothers .He has been putting me through with what film businesses are all about especially on film festival.
He is one of the few most respected in the Nigerian Film Industry today.A film Director/Producer and have held many post locally and internationally in film business.
Hi Boss. May God continue to bless you and your wonderful family.

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Stephanie Linus wins Best Protagonist award at the Bentonville Film Festival USA

staphanie Stephanie Linus’s upcoming new film “DRY” won a film award at the Geena Davis and ARC Entertainment’s inaugural Bentonville Film Festival (BFF) in Arkansas, U.S. for “Best Protagonists”. Coca-Cola and Wal-Mart presented the Bentonville film festival that took place from May 5th to May 9th in Arkansas United States. Dry, the upcoming film by A-list actress, director and producer Stephanie Linus is making it’s round in the film festival circuit. Picking up the award on behalf of Stephanie Linus was the films co-producer/editor Jane Lawalata.st 6
“This came as a complete surprise. I am excited and honored that the Bentonville Film Festival picked my film for a screening, let alone an award. I am looking forward to this film touching the hearts of many more and helping people take action to save the child bride.”– Stephanie Linus, Director, Producer, Writer, Actress.

steph The Bentonville Film Festival (BFF) founded by Academy Award Winner Geena Davis and Trevor Drinkwater, was a star-studded event that included guests like: Soleda O’Brien, Robert De Niro, Nick Canon, Courteney Cox, Bruce Dern, Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, Helmer Catherine Hardwicke (“Thirteen”, “Twilight”), Rosie O’Donnell, Melissa Joan Hart and many more.steph 3

The movie “Dry” follows a trail of Zara’s (played by Stephanie Linus) trip to Africa, her constant turmoil as a result of inexplicable horrors from her child hood, her experiences and heartaches while working with young girls suffering from complications from early child birth as child brides, against the backdrop of a rich African culture. It is full of intrigue, suspense, unbelievable surprises, the joy of reconciliation and the power of the human spirit that is guaranteed to captivate and engage moviegoers.

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