Behind the scene of BoonVille Redemption
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.
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
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
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.
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)
Actor in a Leading Role
Actor in a Supporting Role
Actress in a Leading Role
Actress in a Supporting Role
Documentary Short Subject
Foreign Language Film
Makeup and Hair styling
Music (Original Score)
Short Film (Animated)
Short Film (Live Action)
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Writing (Original Screenplay)
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
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”
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
After four years, the African Oscars -NAFCA today announced the hiring of highly respected industry executive with over 20 years experience to serve as Head of African Oscars Business Development & Strategic Initiatives.
They will have them as its exclusive sponsorship sales and consulting agency to pursue advertising, sponsorships opportunities and increase the value of its brand within the American and International market highlights the award’s rapid growth and popularity as a prestigious award recognized beyond continental Africa. More information about the firm and its representatives will be released at a later date.
They will be responsible for contracting several key sponsorships for the African Oscars-NAFCA, which will allow the awards to develop new revenue streams via sponsorship sales and marketing programs.
The Nollywood & African Film Critics’ Awards, commonly known as The African Oscars, are U.S. awards for achievements in the film industry and The NAFCA Special Honors are awarded to recognize outstanding individuals whose professional careers have been marked by extraordinary personal and professional accomplishments.
Winners are awarded the NAFCA Trophies, officially the Award of Merit that is much better known by its nickname NAFCA. The awards, first presented in 2011 at the RTP Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham North Carolina, are overseen by the Nollywood Film Critics USA. The NAFCA Special Honors were presented for the first time in 2011 to President Nelson Mandela. Recipients of this award in subsequent years include President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia, President Jonathan E. Goodluck and President Ellen J. Sirleaf. Presentations of the African Oscars and The NAFCA Special Honors are made yearly during the second weekend in September. The African Oscars NAFCA is designed to globally promote African Cinema and culture. The prestigious Nollywood & African Film Critics’ Awards (African Oscars) are awards of merit and are considered the highest diaspora award. The 4th African Oscars – NAFCA Awards will be held on the 13th of September 2014
The G Management Group is proud to announce a partnership between the Motion Picture Association of Haiti (MPAH) and the African Oscars –NAFCA (Nollywood Film Critics’ Awards) The partnership is to form a bridge between the Haitian and the African Film Industries.
Dr. Victor O. Olatoye
President & CEO- African Oscars – NAFCA
Commenting on the historic agreement between the two organizations, Dr. Victor Olatoye, President of NAFCA, stated “these new alliances that Mr.Evenflow G. the President of The G management Group has established with MPAH will open doors to possible distribution deals for Haitian movies on the African continent” and also open doors for Nollywood filmmakers to market their films to the Haitian film lovers. This will also be a great opportunity for actors from both film industries to collaborate. Synergy is always good when there is unity. Our hands are on the right button and it is wired to something great, the future is bright, Dr Olatoye concluded.Dr. Victor Olatoye was one of MPAH award honorary recipients in 2013.
“We are very excited to get the Haitian movie industry to the next level. Haitian movies will now be watched on the entire African continent. It is a new market for us to promote our culture and talents” says Mr. Hans Patrick Domercant, the President and Founder of MPAH. Haitian Filmmakers are encouraged to submit their movies for the 2014 MPAH Movie Awards by March 31st, 2014.This new partnership will provide Haitian filmmakers who submit their movies to the MPAH with the opportunity to be reviewed by Nollywood Film Critics USA; and be considered for the new categories created by the African Oscars which include; Best Foreign Film, Best Foreign Actor, Best Foreign Actress and Best Foreign Director. All MPAH nominees will automatically be submitted for NAFCA
The Nollywood & African Film Critics’ Awards, commonly known as The African Oscars, are U.S. awards for achievements in the film industry and The NAFCA Special Honors are awarded to recognize outstanding individuals whose professional careers have been marked by extraordinary personal and professional accomplishments. Winners are awarded the NAFCA Trophies, officially the Award of Merit that is much better known by its nickname NAFCA. The awards, first presented in 2011 at the RTP Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham North Carolina, are overseen by the Nollywood Film Critics USA. The NAFCA Special Honors were presented for the first time in 2011 to President Nelson Mandela. Recipients of this award in subsequent years include President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia, President Jonathan E. Goodluck and President Ellen J. Sirleaf. Presentations of the African Oscars and The NAFCA Special Honors are made yearly during the second weekend in September. The African Oscars NAFCA is designed to globally promote African Cinema and culture. The prestigious Nollywood & African Film Critics’ Awards (African Oscars) are awards of merit and are considered the highest diaspora award.The 4th African Oscars – NAFCA Awards will be held on September 13th, 2014
Motion Picture Association of Haiti
The Motion Picture Association of Haiti (MPAH) is a non-profit corporation located in Boston, Massachusetts; and was founded in April 2007. Our long-term goals are to make the Haitian cinematography a professional career industry for all Haitian filmmakers; to create a structure in the Haitian market; to influence the distribution of Haitian films in the international markets; and to protect and defend the rights of the Haitian writers, directors, actors and other specialists in the field of filmmaking.