“Time for Africa” Short Documentary Film Competition by Makido Film & Ekoiff
Nominees for the 86th Oscars® and Winners
ADELE BROKE A NEW RECORD 9
Eko International Film Festival to Present Cowrie Awards 2014
CPD 9th Annual Research Conference On Cultural Diplomacy University of Southern  California
Nominees and Winners of the 65th Cannes Film Festival
ADIEU AMAKA IGWE R.I.P
NOLLYWOOD DIVAS AWARDS MAGAZINE ®
The Movie “FEMME” Produced by SHARON STONE for 5th Ekoiff 2014.
VOTE FOR THE NOLLYWOOD DIVA OF THE YEAR

Awards of the 71st Venice Film Festival

Swedish director Roy Andersson holds the Golden Lion prize for his movie ‘A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence’ during the award ceremony at the 71st Venice Film Festival on Saturday.

VENEZIA 71
The Venezia 71 Jury, chaired by Alexandre Desplat and comprised ofJoan Chen, Philip Gröning, Jessica Hausner, Jhumpa Lahiri, Sandy Powell, Tim Roth, Elia Suleiman and Carlo Verdone having viewed all 20 films in competition, has decided as follows:

GOLDEN LION for Best Film to:
EN DUVA SATT PÅ EN GREN OCH FUNDERADE PÅ TILLVARON
(A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE)
by Roy Andersson (Sweden, Germany, Norway, France)

SILVER LION for Best Director to:
Andrej Koncalovskij
for the film BELYE NOCHI POCHTALONA ALEKSEYA TRYAPITSYNA
(THE POSTMAN’S WHITE NIGHTS)
(Russia)

GRAND JURY PRIZE to:
THE LOOK OF SILENCE by Joshua Oppenheimer
(Denmark, Finland, Indonesia, Norway, United Kingdom)

COPPA VOLPI
for Best Actor:
Adam Driver
in the film HUNGRY HEARTS by Saverio Costanzo (Italy)

COPPA VOLPI
for Best Actress:
Alba Rohrwacher
in the film HUNGRY HEARTS by Saverio Costanzo (Italy)

MARCELLO MASTROIANNI AWARD
for Best Young Actor or Actress to:
Romain Paul
in the film LE DERNIER COUP DE MARTEAU by Alix Delaporte (France)

AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY to:
Rakhshan Banietemad and Farid Mostafavi
for the film GHESSEHA (TALES) by Rakhshan Banietemad (Iran)

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE to:
SIVAS by Kaan Müjdeci (Turkey, Germany)

LION OF THE FUTURE – “LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS” VENICE AWARD FOR A DEBUT FILM
Lion of the Future – “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film Jury at the 71st Venice Film Festival, chaired by Alice Rohrwacher and comprised of Lisandro Alonso, Ron Mann, Vivian Qu and Razvan Radulescu, has decided to award:

LION OF THE FUTURE – “LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS” VENICE AWARD FOR A DEBUT FILM to:
COURT by Chaitanya Tamhane (India)
ORIZZONTI
as well as a prize of 100,000 USD, donated by Filmauro di Aurelio e Luigi De Laurentiis to be divided equally between director and producer

ORIZZONTI AWARDS
The Orizzonti Jury of the 71st Venice Film Festival, chaired by Ann Hui and composed of Moran Atias, Pernilla August, David Chase, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Roberto Minervini and Alin Tasçiyan after screening the 29 films in competition has decided to award:

the ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST FILM to:
COURT by Chaitanya Tamhane (India)

the ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR to:
Naji Abu Nowar
for THEEB (Jordan, U.A.E., Qatar, United Kingdom)

the SPECIAL ORIZZONTI JURY PRIZE to:
BELLUSCONE. UNA STORIA SICILIANA
by Franco Maresco (Italy)

the SPECIAL ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR OR ACTRESS to:
Emir Hadžihafizbegovic
in the film TAKVA SU PRAVILA (THESE ARE THE RULES)
by Ognjen Svilicic (Croatia, France, Serbia, Macedonia)

the ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM to:
MARYAM by Sidi Saleh (Indonesia)

the VENICE SHORT FILM NOMINATION FOR THE EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2014 to:
PAT – LEHEM (DAILY BREAD) by Idan Hubel (Israel)

VENEZIA CLASSICI AWARDS
The Venezia Classici Jury, chaired by Giuliano Montaldo composed of 28 students of Cinema History, chosen in particular from the teachers of 13 Italian Dams university programmes and from the Venice University of Ca’ Foscari, has decided to award:

the VENEZIA CLASSICI AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY ON CINEMA to:
ANIMATA RESISTENZA by Francesco Montagner and Alberto Girotto (Italy)

the VENEZIA CLASSICI AWARD FOR BEST RESTORED FILM to:
UNA GIORNATA PARTICOLARE by Ettore Scola (1977, Italy, Canada)

GOLDEN LION FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT 2014 to:
Thelma Schoonmaker
Frederick Wiseman

JAEGER-LECOULTRE GLORY TO THE FILMMAKER AWARD 2014 to:
James Franco

PERSOL TRIBUTE VISIONARY TALENT AWARD 2014 to:
Frances McDormand

L’ORÉAL PARIS PER IL CINEMA AWARD to:
Valentina Corti

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“Time for Africa” Short Documentary Film Competition by Makido Film & Ekoiff

“Time for Africa” A New Film Collaboration between Europe and Africa

By Makido Austria and Eko International Film Festival Nigeria.

makido Film Vienna and EKOIFF cooperate on bringing African film making talent and European film producers together

makido and EKOIFF present the Time for Africa! film competition. Filmmakers can enter a short feature on ” a European woman, who lives and works in Nigeria “. The film should be of a maximum length of 7 minutes.

ekoiff_2014_official_logoThe target audience is the wider public. There are no specific technical requirements. The film must be compatible with makido’s ethical guidelines and not compromise any Christian ethical values.

Applicants should be between 24 and 29 years old and either be enrolled at a university or have graduated not longer than two years ago in July 2015.

An international jury of film experts will award the prize to the filmmakers, who best display excellence in style, substance and approach to documentary film making.

Jurors

Mr Hope Obioma Opara – EKOIFF, Nigeria

Ms Joana Adesuwa Reiterer–Human Rights Award 2009, Austria/Nigeria

MrGolli Marboe–makido, Austria

makido Film Vienna offers exciting internships to the two winners!

Who is makido? Makido stands for MArboe, KIno(German for cinema), and DOcumentary, but also alludes to the game Mikado, highlighting the playful nature with which we want to approach complex topics and that we want to treat our protagonists with particular care and sensitivity.

As traditional, value-determining groups, like political parties, churches but also families “in the conventional sense” lose their impact and significance in our society, what is shown on TV and in cinemas becomes increasingly important. It puts a special responsibility on those who produce films.

What is the focus of Time for Africa! ?

What comes to mind when you think of Africa? Images of poor starving people falling victim to natural disasters and corrupt politicians? The dominant images portrayed in the media serve only to enhance these stereotypical views.

And how are Europeans perceived in Africa? Aren’t they all well off with enough jobs for everyone?

Makido aims to challenge these stereotypes by telling nuanced and exciting stories about people living on the two continents.

“Rather than condemn or endorse the undoubted power of the media, we need to accept their significant impact and penetration throughout the world as an established fact, and also appreciate their importance as an element of culture in today’s world. The role of communication and media in the process of development should not be underestimated, nor the function of media as instruments for the citizen’s active participation in society…”

UNESCO declaration issued on 22 January 1982 at the International Symposium on Media Education in Grunwald, Germany

We strongly believe that news about Africa should be informed by

and produced in cooperation with independent African partners.

The lenses that we will apply are intercultural.

An intern will have the opportunity to work in one or more of the following roles:

-Journalist and content developer

- Camera Assistant (work with experienced camera operators, use of broadcast cameras and ancillary equipment as well as lighting equipment)

- Sound Assistant (Microphone technology, boom handling, radio microphones, personal microphones, a particular focus on voice recording)

- Editing Assistant (work with experienced video editors and directors, preparation, support and finishing of an edit, management of footage, archive handling and research)

- Delivery Assistant (finalise programs for transmission, creation of accessible versions, subtitling, DVD authoring)

- Production Assistant (an in depth experience of the complex processes required for any TV production)

Interns are expected to have experience using the following software packages: Microsoft Office, File maker Pro, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Cloud, Sub-titler, Archive management, DVD Studio Pro.

Organizational details:

The placement will be for a minimum of three and a maximum of 6 months. The applicant should ideally be between 24 and 29 years old and and either be enrolled at a university or have graduated not longer than two years ago in July 2015.Females are strongly encouraged to apply. The internship will be paid. The intern is solely responsible for his or her tax declaration and social security arrangements. Makido will reimburse partly or totally the incurred cost for travel two months after the internship.

Are you interested in taking part in the competition? Please send your film on DVD, CV and motivation statement to

Mr Hope Obioma Opara, president@ekoiff.org

The deadline is 30 September 2014.

Please include

• A CV and a motivation statement, including a description of your technical skills and any references to films you have already contributed to.

• A copy of your valid passport.

• Dates of availability in 2015 and preferred length of assignment.

• A recommendation letter from academia or business.

For more information about us, please visit

http://www.makidofilm.tv/  and www.ekoiff.org

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The Movie “FEMME” Produced by SHARON STONE for 5th Ekoiff 2014.

FEMME is an inspirational voyage about women around the world who are actively transforming and healing global society of a daily basis. Starring Sharon Stone (Casino, Total Recall, Basic Instinct), Jean Houston, Marianne Williamson, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Riane Eisler, Nobel Peace Prize Laureats Shirin Ebadi and Mairead Maguire, Rickie Lee Jones, Gloria Steinem, and more! Influential women discuss religion, science, history, politics and entertainment – and the solutions to the multiple crisis we face throughout the world.

                                                      SHARON STONE

FEMME focuses on utilizing a feminine approach with nurturing energy to inspire a new hope for the future.

Directed By: Emmanual Itier

Produced By: Sharon Stone

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Eko International Film Festival to Present Cowrie Awards 2014

5th Eko International Film Festival Call for Entry

The 5th edition of the annual Eko International Film Festival comes up November 18-23, 2014 in Lagos. The theme of this year’s edition is “NIGERIA FILM INDUSTRY AND THE MEDIA”. The President of Eko International Film Festival Mr. Hope Obioma Opara said that the festival’s focus during this edition will be on contributions of the media to the growth of the film industry. Film submission for the festival is still open till 30th June,2014.BIMBO AKINTOLA – Nollywood Actress

Film submissions must be in one of the seven categories: Feature, Short, Fiction, documentaries, Short Documentaries, Horror, Student Film and 1 minute. Entries are already coming from around the world

The organizers of Eko International Film Festival are proud to announce award for the various categories, with the best film to be awarded the GOLDEN COWRIE AWARD while the second price will be the SILVER COWRIE AWARD.

Other activities during this weeklong event include workshops and seminars. Corporate organizations are requested to be part of the event.

For more information on film submission, please visit the website www.ekoiff.org

Regards,

Ekoiff Press

press@ekoiff.org

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ADIEU AMAKA IGWE R.I.P

AMAKA IGWE

We the Nollywood family lost a rare Gem, who contributed in no small measure to the growth and development of the Nigerian film industry in soaps and movies as well.  Her wealth of experience will surely be missed and most of all her immediate family will miss her a lot. She will always be remembered of the great legacy she left behind.Rest In the Bosom of our Lord.Adieu Amaka.

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2014 Cannes L’Atelier Projects Revealed – Nigerian Filmmaker Newton I. Aduaka’s ‘Oil On Water’ Makes The Cut

News By Tambay A. Obenson

Newton I. Aduaka

The Cinefondation’s Atelier hosts its tenth edition this year and will invite to the Festival de Cannes 15 directors whose projects have been considered particularly promising. Together with their producers, they will be able to meet potential partners, a necessary step to finish their projects and start the making of their films.

L’Atelier provides its participants access to international co-productions, thus accelerating the film’s completion.

The Cinefondation’s Atelier was created in 2005 to stimulate creative filmmaking and encourage emergence new and diverse filmmaker voices. So far, out of 141 projects, 85 have been released in theaters and 44 are currently in pre-production.

For L’Atelier’s 10th edition, 15 projects from 15 countries have been selected, ranging from upstarts to veteran directors.

Of note, Nigerian filmmaker Newton I. Aduaka’s Oil On Water made the cut of 15.

Aduak’s last film, the demanding and experimental One Man Show, was a Critics Prize winner at last year’s FESPACO.

More details on his latest, Oil On Water to come From May 16-22, at Cannes, L’Atelier will arrange meetings with the directors for film industry professionals interested in investing in their projects.

The full list of Atelier selections follows below:

Invisible, Pablo Giorgelli (Argentina)

Territoria, Nora Martirosyan (Armenia)

Tabija, Igor Drljača (Bosnia)

Saudade, Antonio Méndez Esparza (Brazil)

Ville-Marie, Guy Édoin (Canada)

In the Shade of the Trees, Matías Rojas Valencia (Chile)

Ce sentiment de l’été, Mikhaël Hers (France)

Aliyushka, Adilkhan Yerzhanov (Kazakhstan)

The Darkness, Daniel Castro Zimbrón (Mexico)

White Sun, Deepak Rauniyar (Nepal)

To All Naked Men, Bassam Chekhes (Neth/Syria)

Oil on Water, Newton I. Aduaka (Nigeria)

Dogs, Bogdan Mirică (Romania)

A Yellow Bird, K. Rajagopal (Singapore)

Ruta salvatge, Marc Recha (Spain)

 

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Nominees for the 86th Oscars® and Winners

Matthew McConaughey

Actor in a Leading Role

Christian Bale in “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern in “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Chiwetel Ejiofor in “12 Years a Slave”
Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club” (Winner)

 

Jared Leto


Actor in a Supporting Role

Barkhad Abdi in “Captain Phillips”
Bradley Cooper in “American Hustle”
Michael Fassbender in “12 Years a Slave”
Jonah Hill in “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Jared Leto in “Dallas Buyers Club” (Winner)


Cate Blanchett 

Actress in a Leading Role

Amy Adams in “American Hustle”
Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine” (Winner)
Sandra Bullock in “Gravity”
Judi Dench in “Philomena”
Meryl Streep in “August: Osage County”

 
Lupita Nyong’o


Actress in a Supporting Role

Sally Hawkins in “Blue Jasmine”
Jennifer Lawrence in “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o in “12 Years a Slave” (Winner)
Julia Roberts in “August: Osage County”
June Squibb in “Nebraska”

Chris Buck (L-R) Producer Peter Del Vecho, directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck.
Animated Feature Film
“The Croods” Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco and Kristine Belson
“Despicable Me 2” Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin and Chris Meledandri
“Ernest & Celestine” Benjamin Renner and Didier Brunner
“Frozen” Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho (Winner)
“The Wind Rises” Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki

 
Emmanuel Lubezki 

Cinematography

“The Grandmaster” Philippe Le Sourd
“Gravity” Emmanuel Lubezki (Winner)
“Inside Llewyn Davis” Bruno Delbonnel
“Nebraska” Phedon Papamichael
“Prisoners” Roger A. Deakins

 
Catherine Martin

Costume Design

“American Hustle” Michael Wilkinson
“The Grandmaster” William Chang Suk Ping
“The Great Gatsby” Catherine Martin (Winner)
“The Invisible Woman” Michael O’Connor
“12 Years a Slave” Patricia Norris.

 
Alfonso Cuarón

Directing

“American Hustle” David O. Russell
“Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón (Winner)
“Nebraska” Alexander Payne
“12 Years a Slave” Steve McQueen
“The Wolf of Wall Street” Martin Scorsese


 
Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen (not present), Caitrin Rogers (R) and Darlene Love (2nd from L) are presented the Oscar for best documentary feature for “20 …

Documentary Feature

“The Act of Killing”Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen
“Cutie and the Boxer” Zachary Heinzerling and Lydia Dean Pilcher
“Dirty Wars” Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill
“The Square” Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer
“20 Feet from Stardom” Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers (Winner)


 
Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed

Documentary Short Subject

“CaveDigger” Jeffrey Karoff
“Facing Fear” Jason Cohen
“Karama Has No Walls” Sara Ishaq
“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed (Winner)
“Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall” Edgar Barens

Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger 


Film Editing

“American Hustle” Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten
“Captain Phillips” Christopher Rouse
“Dallas Buyers Club” John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa
“Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger (Winner)
“12 Years a Slave” Joe Walker



Foreign Language Film

“The Broken Circle Breakdown” Belgium
“The Great Beauty” Italy (Winner)
“The Hunt” Denmark
“The Missing Picture” Cambodia
“Omar” Palestine

 
Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews


Makeup and Hair styling

“Dallas Buyers Club” Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews (Winner)
“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” Stephen Prouty
“The Lone Ranger” Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny
 
Steven Price

Music (Original Score)

“The Book Thief” John Williams
“Gravity” Steven Price (Winner)
“Her” William Butler and Owen Pallett
“Philomena” Alexandre Desplat
“Saving Mr. Banks” Thomas Newman

 Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez 
Music (Original Song)
“Happy” from “Despicable Me 2”
Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams
“Let It Go” from “Frozen”
Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (Winner)
“The Moon Song” from “Her”
Music by Karen O; Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze
“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul Hewson
Producers Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Dede Gardner, Brad Pitt and director Steve McQueen

Best Picture
“American Hustle” Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison and Jonathan Gordon, Producers
“Captain Phillips” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, Producers
“Dallas Buyers Club” Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter, Producers
“Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman, Producers
“Her” Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze and Vincent Landay, Producers
“Nebraska” Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, Producers
“Philomena” Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan and Tracey Seaward, Producers
“12 Years a Slave” Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas, Producers (Winner)
“The Wolf of Wall Street” Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joey McFarland and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Producers

 
Production Design: Catherine Martin; Set Decoration: Beverley Dunn

Production Design
“American Hustle” Production Design: Judy Becker; Set Decoration: Heather Loeffler
“Gravity” Production Design: Andy Nicholson; Set Decoration: Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard
“The Great Gatsby” Production Design: Catherine Martin; Set Decoration: Beverley Dunn (Winner)
“Her” Production Design: K.K. Barrett; Set Decoration: Gene Serdena
“12 Years a Slave” Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Alice Baker


 
Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares

Short Film (Animated)

“Feral” Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden
“Get a Horse!” Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim
“Mr. Hublot” Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares (Winner)
“Possessions” Shuhei Morita
“Room on the Broom” Max Lang and Jan Lachauer


 
Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson

Short Film (Live Action)

“Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)” Esteban Crespo
“Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything)” Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras
“Helium” Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson (Winner)
“Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)” Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari
“The Voorman Problem” Mark Gill and Baldwin Li

Glenn Freemantle

Sound Editing
“All Is Lost” Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns
“Captain Phillips” Oliver Tarney
“Gravity” Glenn Freemantle (Winner)
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Brent Burge and Chris Ward
“Lone Survivor” Wylie Stateman
 Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro 

Sound Mixing

“Captain Phillips” Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro
“Gravity” Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro (Winner)
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson
“Inside Llewyn Davis” Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland
“Lone Survivor” Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow

 Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk and Neil Corbould


Visual Effects

“Gravity” Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk and Neil Corbould (Winner)
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds
“Iron Man 3” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick
“The Lone Ranger” Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier
“Star Trek Into Darkness” Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton

 John Ridley

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

“Before Midnight” Written by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
“Captain Phillips” Screenplay by Billy Ray
“Philomena” Screenplay by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
“12 Years a Slave” Screenplay by John Ridley (Winner)
“The Wolf of Wall Street” Screenplay by Terence Winter


Spike Jonze


Writing (Original Screenplay)

“American Hustle” Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
“Blue Jasmine” Written by Woody Allen
“Dallas Buyers Club” Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack
“Her” Written by Spike Jonze (Winner)
“Nebraska” Written by Bob Nelson

Being the first media “Supple Magazine from Nigeria” to be at the Oscar was a think of joy.After my accreditation by the press section I was set for the biggest stage in the film business. I just can’t express the excitement having such a wonderful experience and will not wait to be there again in 2015.

 

Our Nigerian film industry must know that film business is not practiced in isolation, we can’t be clamming that we have a large film industry without creating and supporting platforms that will attract other professionals from all parts of the world. Lupita Yong’o exploits at the Oscars have not only helped to attract more attention to Kenyan film industry but also more confidence to their film practitioners.

 

A LESSON FOR NOLLYWOOD INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE FILM MAKERS

This is the category Nollywood can enter for the Oscars with films produced on our local languages but must meet  all professional standards.

Foreign Language Film

The Broken Circle Breakdown” Belgium

“The Great Beauty” Italy (Winner)

“The Hunt” Denmark

“The Missing Picture” Cambodia

“Omar” Palestine

A  LESSON FOR NOLLYWOOD UPCOMING ACTORS.

Given the class of actresses like Julia Roberts, who could have given Lupita Nyong’o a chance? Some three years ago Lupita should have been dreaming of being as popular as one of the Nollywood Stars but today, African actors want to be like her.

Start now to look beyond what have been achieved in our local set ups and believing in you so that when that break through role comes, use it very well.

Rachael Mwanza of Congo collected the Silver Bear of Berlin Film Festival in 2012 and also walked the red carpet of Oscar too. She was less than 20 years; she played a major role in the film “War Witch”.Being at the Oscar should be the dream of any professional because that is the ultimate in this business.

 

Actress in a Supporting Role

Sally Hawkins in “Blue Jasmine”

Jennifer Lawrence in “American Hustle”

Lupita Nyong’o in “12 Years a Slave” (Winner from Kenya )

Julia Roberts in “August: Osage County”

June Squibb in “Nebraska”

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CPD 9th Annual Research Conference On Cultural Diplomacy University of Southern California

The  invitation extended to Eko International Film Festival to take part in the 9th annual conference on cultural diplomacy of University of South California Los Angeles USA was amazing. This conference took place on the 28th of Febraury,2014.The Nollywood Industry was represented  by the  President of Eko International Film Festival which  attracted wild rage of professionals from various fields of endeavors was well attended.

The welcome address was from

 • Ernest J. Wilson, III, (Walter Annenberg Chair in Communication and Dean of USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism)

Followed by the Opening Remarks by

• Jay Wang, Director, USC Center on Public Diplomacy and Associate Professor, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.

The first panelists deliberated on:

Cultural Diplomacy: Continuity and Disjuncture

This panel addressed the adaptations and changes that cultural diplomacy has undergone in the 21st century, considering the multitude of actors now present in the cultural diplomacy sphere.

Below are the professionals that took part on this section.

• Nicholas J. Cull, Director, Master of Public Diplomacy Program, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism (chair)

• Senem Cevik, Assistant Professor, Ankara University, Turkey

• Judy Mitoma, Professor (Emerita) of World Arts and Cultures, UCLA

• Katerina Tsetsura, Gaylord Family Professor of Strategic Communication & Public Relations, University of Oklahoma

• Daya Kishan Thussu, Professor of International Communication and Co-Director of India Media Centre, University of Westminster

The second panelists deliberated on :

Confucius Institutes: The Globalization of Chinese Soft Power

The Confucius Institutes are a platform for Chinese cultural diplomacy through language learning and cultural exchanges. This interdisciplinary panel of experts discussed the Confucius Institutes’ operations the United States and South Africa. This panel on the Confucius Institutes is co-sponsored by the USC U.S.-China Institute.

Below are the professionals that took part during the second section:

• Clayton Dube, Executive Director, USC U.S.-China Institute at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism (chair)

• Falk Hartig, Post-doctoral Researcher, Frankfurt Inter-Centre-Programme on new African-Asian Interactions AFRASO at Frankfurt University, Germany

• Jennifer Hubbert, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Lewis & Clark College

 • John Layton, Assistant Superintendent, Lafayette School Corporation

 • R.S. Zaharna, Associate Professor, School of Communication and Affiliate Associate Professor, School of International Service, American University

The third section was on

GREAT Britain in Emerging Markets:

How was Great Britain’s global campaign received in emerging economies? “This lunch conversation  discussed  the challenges and successes”

A representative from the British Prime Minister made his  presentation

• Andrew Pike, Deputy Director, Prime Ministers’ Director of Strategic Partnership for the GREAT Campaign

 • Jay Wang, Director, USC Center on Public Diplomacy and Associate Professor, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

The forth section was on

Dialogues Through Film

Film festivals are flourishing around the world, yet their role in fostering cultural exchange remains under-examined. This panel examined how film festivals are a platform for creating shared cultural space.

Below are the professionals that deliberated on this section :

• Nicholas J. Cull, Director, Master of Public Diplomacy Program, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism (chair)

 • Samuel Douek, Director, HOLA Mexico Film Festival

 • Vladek Juszkiewicz, Executive Director, Polish Film Festival Los Angeles

 • Hope Obioma Opara,President & Founder, Eko International Film Festival.Lagos,Nigeria

 • Yasemin Yilmaz, Co-Founder, L.A. Turkish Film Festival

The Dialogue on Film was the section which Mr Hope Obioma Opara (President Ekoiff) participated as a panelist.

Cultural Diplomacy is the exchange of ideas, information, values, systems, traditions, beliefs, and other aspects of culture, with the intention of fostering mutual understanding”.   This has at times been talked about as involving the use of soft power as opposed to hard power.

Culture is the way of life of a people. It consists of conventional patterns of thought and behaviour, including values, beliefs, rules of conduct, political organization, economic activity, and the like, which are passed on from one generation to the next by learning – and not by biological inheritance.

So many films are submitted for screening in every film festival and these films can be documentary, short film of a different genre, which the story line can based on religion, politics or culture, it can act as effective instrument for a positive change in terms of solving problems.

Members of the Delegates

Films are definitely a pathway through which Cultural Diplomacy and international relations can be conducted. In the case of the arts, and particularly in the case of ‘films as vehicles of Cultural Diplomacy’, it seems that soft power can contribute to the relations between countries and benefit both the private and public sector of a country’s economy.

Film allows the public to see a different side of the native country, a side which more than often shows the true realities rather than what the media want us to see.

 Audience

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iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival 2014 – INVITATION

We are very pleased to invite you to the fourth edition of the popular iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival. This year’s festival will hold from Thursday 20th – Sunday 23rd, March 2014, at Freedom Park, Hospital Road, Broad Street, Lagos, from 10am daily.

The festival is conceived on the traditional framework of Africa in Self-conversation and will explore the theme ‘RHYTHMS OF IDENTITY’. Images are important, they form the rhythms of our identity and are present in all the symbolism and rituals that define who we are – music, dance, language, religion, governance, dressing, etc. iREP 2014 will interrogate the patterns of representation in Africa using the metaphor of music and rhythms which significantly stands us out from the rest of the World. 

The opening Keynote Address for the festival will be delivered by Emeka Mba, Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC). There will also be Interactive Panel Discussions, Incisive Paper Presentations, Training and Workshop, and robustopportunities for Networking.

 The 2014 edition of the iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival will feature highly respected filmmakers from different parts of the World and will offer ample opportunities for established and aspiring filmmakers to broaden their experiences, exchange ideas, and find international co-productions.

A rich collection of award-winning Documentary films by renowned filmmakers from across the World, especially Africa in the Diaspora and at home, complemented by works of young and old filmmakers in Nigeria will be screened during the festival in a cinematic ambiance.

Films submission for the festival is ongoing. Entries are opened till February 28, 2014, and can be submitted to:

3, Bishop Lanre Obembe Close,Off Emmanuel High Street,Ogudu, 100242,              Lagos,Nigeria.

As an alternative, you can upload your films to Vimeo, Youtube, Dropbox, WeTransfer, or any such online platforms, and send the download link to info@irepfilmfestival.com or lanre@irepfilmfestival.com

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