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CANNES 2022 COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS:75th Festival de Cannes, from 17 to 28 May 2022 After 11 days of an exceptional edition, the Jury of the 75th Festival de Cannes, chaired by French actor Vincent Lindon, surrounded by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, British-American actress and Continue reading CANNES 2022 COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS→
Focused on arthouse, artistically daring films, the 2023 Un Certain Regard selection has included 20 feature films – 8 of which are first features also competing for the Caméra d’or. This year, the opening film was Thomas Cailley’s Le Règne animal. Chaired by American actor John C. Reilly, the Jury included French director and screenwriter Alice Winocour, German actress Paula Beer, French-Cambodian director and producer Davy Chou and Belgian actress Émilie Dequenne. Un Certain Regard 2023 ends on a high note with the screening of Alex Lutz’s film Une nuit.
Un Certain Regard Prize
HOW TO HAVE SEX directed by Molly Manning Walker 1st film
New Voice Prize
AUGURE (OMEN) directed by Baloji 1st film
CROWRÃ (THE BURITI FLOWER) directed by João Salaviza & Renée Nader Messora
GOODBYE JULIA directed by Mohamed Kordofani 1st film
Asmae El Moudir in KADIB ABYAD (THE MOTHER OF ALL LIES)
LES MEUTES (HOUNDS) directed by Kamal Lazraq 1st film
Saudi Arabia has seen a “spike” in production and
requests to scout locations since launching its 40% cash rebate at Cannes last
year, according to Abduljalil Alnasser, general manager of sector development
and investment attraction at Saudi Film Commission.
He was speaking on a Cannes market panel on Wednesday (May 17,2023) with senior figures from the Saudi film industry, titled “A Saudi Ecosystem, a Conversation with Saudi Film Sector Partners”. Alnasser noted that three feature films had shot in Jeddah in the past three months.
Charlene Deleon-Jones, executive director of Film
Alula, said two brand new studios at the production hub — which are due to open
in August — are already booked up until the end of 2024.
Wayne Borg, managing director of media industries,
entertainment and culture at Neom, said the production hub has four stages up
and running out of a planned 50. He added Neom has serviced 30 productions, and
now has a crew depth that enables it to handle three major productions
When the rebate launched last year, Saudi had only
had three international films ever shoot in the Kingdom, according to Alnasser.
Alnasser pitched Saudi Arabia as a rapidly growing
film market and as a location for film production in the Middle East. He cited
a strong economy, a large population of young people keen to watch content and
a commitment to putting in place film-friendly regulation and building a strong
film industry ecosystem.
“As an example, in 2018 — we had no cinema theatres and today we are the number-one box office in the Middle East — and we have done that in five years,” said Alnasser.( Saudi Arabia has a total of 262 theatres and galleries for theatrical performances in the Kingdom)
Also taking part in the panel discussion was Najla
AlNomair, chief strategy and business development officer of the Saudi Cultural
Development Fund (CDF), which in March launched a $234m (sar879m) Film Sector
Financing Programme, which is open to local and international companies working
in the country’s film industry.
As part of this programme, CDF announced at Cannes
this week the launch of a $100m fund specifically to invest in local and
international productions and infrastructure projects in Saudi Arabia.
Also speaking on the panel was Rasha Al-Masoud,
investment development director for culture at the Ministry of Investment, who
said the ministry “acts as a catalyst to facilitate investments throughout the
Kingdom, including within the creative and cultural industries”.
Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll died peacefully on Wednesday at her home in Switzerland. She was 83.
Beyoncé Mourns Tina Turner’s Death and Thanks Her For Paving the Way
“My beloved queen. I love you endlessly. I’m so grateful for your inspiration, and all the ways you have paved the way,” Beyoncé wrote in her tribute. “You are strength and resilience. You are the epitome of power and passion. We are all so fortunate to have witnessed your kindness and beautiful spirit that will forever remain. Thank you for all you have done.”
Anon-governmental organization under the aegis United Abia Artistes and Patriotic(UAAP)Forum has expressed dissatisfaction on the delay of payment of pensioners and civil servants in Abia state while also claiming that the state have received March 2023 federal allocation and made steady collection of internally generated revenue in the state (IGR), leaving the workforce and retires in the state to suffer.
In a statement titled:”Open Letter To Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu
PhD And PDP Abia State Chapter” signed by the convener, Amb. Dr. Osita Offor
-De Ultimate Commander, made available to Candidreporters.com, on Wednesday,
UAAP also accused the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of “nonchalant
attitude to the welfare of civil servants and retirees in the state”.
The group also questioned why the present administration
of PDP in Abia State “refused to utilize a good portion of the federal
allocation in offsetting wages of workers and retirees”.
UAAP also appealed to “all progressive Abians and
concerned stakeholders in the political process to be cautious of their actions
and take home the reality that the people will resist any attempt to rob off
our chosen governor in the person of Dr. Alex” , while also stating that the
ruling PDP led by governor Okezie Ikpeazu “should realize that the peoples’
mandate for His Excellency, Dr. Alex Otti OFR is absolute and cannot be
subverted by any move or financial inducements deployed to grab power through
the back door”.
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OPEN LETTER TO GOV. OKEZIE IKPEAZU PhD AND PDP ABIA STATE
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We The United Abia Artistes and Patriots Forum, have
observed with dismay the continued delay in the payment of civil servants and
pensioners by your government after receiving March 2023 federal allocation in
addition to revenue earned from State IGR for the period under review.
UAAP notes that the nonchalant attitude to the welfare of
civil servants and retirees by the outgoing administration leaves much to
desire, as they were made to celebrate the 2023 Easter on an empty stomach.
We are therefore calling on the Gov. Ikpeazu led
administration to be alive to her responsibilities and do the needful to the
starving workers and pensioners by paying their due entitlements.
This wake-up call has become imperative so that the
incumbent government will not leave behind huge unpaid salary arrears for the
incoming administration to battle with in addition to the myriads of problems
that will be left behind.
The big question being asked by UAAP is why has the
present administration refused to utilize a good portion of the federal
allocation in offsetting wages of workers and retirees which is
constitutionally her first charge. Does the administration want to tell the
public that the collected March federal allocation as well as internally
generated revenue are being utilized or channeled for other purposes as a
clandestine arrangement to jeopardize the collective mandate of the good people
of Abia to Dr. Alex Otti and the Labour Party?
The Okezie Ikpeazu led administration should realize that
the peoples’ mandate for His Excellency, Dr. Alex Otti OFR is absolute and
cannot be subverted by any move or financial inducements deployed to grab power
through the back door.
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We therefore appeal to all progressive Abians and
concerned stakeholders in the political process to be cautious of their actions
and take home the reality that the people will resist any attempt to rob off
our chosen governor in the person of Dr. Alex Otti OFR, or his popular mandate.
The incumbent administration should know that this is
2023 and not 2015 when Abians were forced to accept illegality of victory
outside the ballot box. They should allow the existing peace to continue to
The time to reposition Abia as God’s Own State is now.
Amb. Dr. Osita Offor -De Ultimate Commander – Convener
In 1966: Nearly 1,000,000 of them was massacred in the North as revenge killings for a coup that was plotted by a young man that bears their name but had never been to their land. They escaped back to their homeland and wanted a country of their own, but they were told that they must belong to one indivisible Nigeria
three years, they resisted and lost another 3,000,000 of their kith and kin
were fed to the vultures. Their entire homeland was a killing field, they were
killed, and they were starved. Kwashiorkor finished up their starving children.
Many of their wives and daughters were raped and some were taken into forced
The International Criminal Court (ICC) and The International Court of Justice never
investigated the war crimes. They didn’t take a look at these evil, xenophobic
and ethnic cleansing done against the Igbo nation. They were too blind to see
and they simply turn their heads and look the other way, that is why those who
perpetrated these evil act are walking freely but the blood on their hands will
remain a curse to them and their generations to come.)
three years of annihilation, the genocide ended. The few that were still alive
crept out of their holes and remembrance the country that has massacred them
without a just cause.
return to the country, they were economically stripped of their remaining
dignity and offered only *£20 (then ₦40)* each in exchange for their
money…millionaires before the war restarted life with *£20 (then ₦40)*. They
did not complain, they accepted their fate and reintegrated with all.
a short while, the country embarked on an indigenization policy which enabled
many of their South Western, South-South and Northern brothers to buy up major
multi-nationals at a giveaway price…with *£20(then ₦40)* in their pockets,
they could only watch…. those that owned houses in the big cities lost their
homes to the criminal policy of ‘Abandoned property’ as enacted by some states
aimed at committing official stealing.
the civil service, the policy of the quota system made it impossible for many
of them to be accepted back into their former jobs…In trying to get a quality
education for their children; the policy of giving admission to children from
educationally disadvantaged states, saw their children score so high at
entrance exams but locked out from most of the Federal Government Colleges and
universities; even though they were coming from war, they were still
categorized as educationally advantaged. 53 years after the war, the
educationally disadvantaged states are still educationally disadvantaged and
the Igbos are still blamed for everything and denied major government presence
out of schools and locked out of public service, they embraced trading and
other menial jobs that a man could do with his hands to feed his family. To
survive, they spread out again to the big cities with memories of their dead
ones and rundown homeland.
they went, they lived frugally, sometimes, and a master lived in his shop with
his 5 boys until they made enough money to rent a one-room apartment.
all their brothers, the Yorubas were the most accommodating after the war and
this made many of them quickly forget the pains of the war and settled down to
play major roles in the development of the communities, in which they found
their host communities, they never looked back in donating towards the building
of schools, churches and whatever was required…Some even married the
daughters of their hosts and some took titles. At drinking bars, you find Jide
and Emeka drinking and laughing. At school, you find Ebube and Bisola reading
and playing together as best of friends.
at the turn of the 90s, many of their town unions encouraged them to completely
trust their hosts and join hands in opening up areas that were hitherto,
uninhabited, especially the swamps and the mangroves….they bought swamps and
the term ‘sand filling’ became popular, they bought thick mangrove forests and
in mowing them down, they became Osuofia and the money coming from them, made
their hosts happy because most of the places they bought and transformed had
laid waste for years.
vigour, they negotiated for lands to build markets, cleared the lands and built
the markets and were happy to welcome state and local government tax and rate
officials. If you slap them on one cheek, they gladly turned the other with a
smile. When they build houses, they trust everything to their Yoruba builders
and even in their homeland, all their building projects were done by the Yoruba
boys they have come to love and trust.
came….all celebrated the re-emergence of democracy…but gradually, a new
anti-Igbo message started, but they ignored it because they have completely
fallen in love with their host…
2014…..The divisive politicians showed up in their numbers and made them; the
Igbos the sacrificial lamb all over again…
wrote somewhere and I agree with him completely that:
1993, the Igbos voted Abiola against Tofa who had an Igbo as Vice-President…
In 1999, the Igbos voted for Obasanjo en-block, Obasanjo is Yoruba. Obasanjo lost Yorubaland but scored 85%+ in Igbo land
In 2003, the Igbos voted for Obasanjo Obasanjo scored 95% in some Igbo states, Obasanjo defeated Ojukwu in Igbo land.
In 2007, the Igbos voted for Yaradua, Yaradua was Hausa-Fulani. Yaradua scored his highest percentage of votes in Igbo land
In 2011, the Igbos voted for Jonathan, Jonathan is Ijaw. Jonathan scored 95%+ in Igbo land
In 2015, the Igbos voted for Jonathan. Jonathan scored a higher percentage in Igbo land that in the South-South Region
In 2019, the Igbos voted for Atiku, Atiku is Fulani. Atiku scored a higher percentage in Anambra than Adamawa
In 2023, the Igbos voted for Obi, Obi is Igbo. Once the Igbos voted Obi they became ethnic-bigots
Once the Igbo gave Obi what they had given to Shagari, Abiola, Obasanjo, . Ya’ Ardua, Jonathan and Atiku, Igbos became criminals.
heart is very heavy as I pen down these few lines because I smell another
pogrom aimed at Igbos loading and I
can’t see anyone stopping the genocidal messages spreading on many South-West
and other platforms… People are speaking of the coming Governorship election
in Lagos on Saturday 11th March 2023 as if it is a day that has been marked as
D-Day for something very cold and un-Lagos.
I ask again, what is the crime of the Igbos?
said Igbos claim to own Lagos and I laugh, someone who owns a place is buying
land and paying tax and rents in the same place?
am that ‘Kwashiorkored’ Igbo child (now 54) born in the war that you are trying
to retrigger. We will continue to tell our children our story so that they will
also tell our grand , great grandchildren
and generation to come.
We have always known. But because we are a people of values, we are not given to the rabid rancour you all are used to. Before an Igbo man retaliates, know that you have pushed him beyond his limits. And when he does retaliate, he does so not out of spite but for survival. Throw us to the wolves and we will come back leading the pack. And that is what makes us the envy of every other. There will never be a people more dignified and honorable like the Igbos. Never!
The Universal Movie
Awards will return for its 3rd edition in November 18,2023.The film
award event is open to filmmakers from around the world and also contributes to
the Nigeria being positioned as a creative hub through its focus on high
quality Nigeria film.
Universal Movie Awards is
accepting entries to the 3rd UNIMA edition.
December 12, 2022 Opening
January 31, 2023 Early
March 31, 2023 Regular
July 31, 2023 Late
September 1, 2023 Extended Deadline
submitting films are being accepted on various film submission platforms.