LIST OF WINNERS OF THE 11TH EDITION EKO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2021
OFFICIAL SELECTION OF 11TH EKO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2021
COMPELLING MOVIE “EAGLE WINGS” by Paul Apel Papel
NOLLYWOOD MOST PROLIFIC DIRECTOR CHICO EJIRO BURIED TODAY

LIST OF WINNERS OF THE 11TH EDITION EKO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2021

Featured

BEST FEATURE FILM

THE LOFT  HOUSE Feature film by Ferdinand W Gernandt (South Africa)

BEST NIGERIAN FILM

UTONWA (bonded by blood)  by Johnpaul Nwanganga

BEST ACTOR FEATURE FILM

EUGENE JENSEN from the movie THE LOFT  HOUSE  by Ferdinand W Gernandt (South Africa)

BEST ACTRESS FEATURE FILM

CLARION CHUKWURA from the movie EFUNSETAN ANIWURA by Joshua Ojo (Nigeria)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR FEATURE FILM

CHRISTIAN LEGER DAH from the movie  THE REPUBLIC OF THE CORRUPTION  by Salam Zampaligré (Burkina Faso)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS FEATURE FILM

MARY IGWE from the movie  UTONWA (bonded by blood) by Johnpaul Nwanganga (Nigeria)

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY FILM

SKY BLOSSOM: Diaries of the Next Greatest Generation – by Richard Lui  (USA )

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILM

POLAND: EUROPE’S GARBAGE DUMP by Maciej Kuciel, and Patrycja Dzięcioł-Mokwa  (Poland)

BEST INDIGENOUS FILM

EFUNSETAN ANIWURA by Joshua Ojo (Nigeria)

BEST SHORT FILM

DARK MOON by Michael ‘Micl Snr” Norman(South Africa)

BEST NIGERIA SHORT FILM

BROTHERLY  by Best Okoduwa (Nigeria)

BEST ACTOR SHORT FILM

DUKE ELVIS  from the movie BROTHERLY  by Best Okoduwa (Nigeria)

BEST ACTRESS SHORT FILM

ZERA UDOFIA from the movie OMOWUNMI by Hadizat Ibrahim (Nigeria)

BEST FEATURE ANIMATION FILM

THE LAST PAGE OF SUMMER- by Tim Ross (USA)

BEST SHORT ANIMATION FILM

BOLERO STATION  by Rolf Brönnimann (Switzerland)

COMPELLING MOVIE “EAGLE WINGS” by Paul Apel Papel

Logline

Two Nigerian Air Force Officers are bent on rescuing their newly married course mate and fighter pilot in an enemy territory, the mission becomes a fierce battle to save the community of his refuge.

Writer/Producer/ Director Paul Apel Papel

Cast: Femi Jacobs, Enyinna Nwigwe, Yakubu Mohammed, Francis Duru, Keppy Ekpeyong Bassey Patience Ujah, Stephanie Apel, Jamila Ibrahim Abdul Zada

DOP: Spindem Lot, VFX: Gabriel Keneni, Music Score: Chuck Okudo, Editor/Colorist: Paul Apel Papel.

Paul Apel Papel

Profile: Paul Apel Papel in a US trained filmmaker at Colorado Film School with many awards credits including the British Film Institute’s Best Production category at the ZAFAA Global Awards 2014 in the United Kingdom.

NOW IN CINEMAS

OFFICIAL SELECTION OF 11TH EKO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2021

FEATURE FILM

1.            VENEER Feature Film by Maximillian Aguiar (USA) 1 hour 26 minutes

2.            COLD CALM –  Feature Film by Tyna Ezenma(Nigeria) 1 hour 42 minutes 49 seconds

3.            UTONWA (bonded by blood) Feature Film indigenous by Johnpaul Nwanganga (Nigeria)  1 hour 43 minutes 58 seconds

4.            EFUNSETAN ANIWURA Feature Film  indigenous by Joshua Ojo (Nigeria)

1 hour 51 minutes 51 seconds

5.            TORN – Dark Bullets feature film by Dan Rizzuto (Canada) 1 hour 36 minutes

6.            THE STATE OF TEXAS VS. MELISSA Feature film by Sabrina Van Tassel (French)    1 hour 38     minutes 18 seconds

7.            CUTLASS Feature film by Burri-Taka Bolalima (Cameroon) 1 hour 47 minutes 40 seconds

8.            THE LOFT  HOUSE Feature film by Ferdinand W Gernandt (South Africa) 1 hour 54 minutes

9.            TOPRAK  Feature Film by  Sevgi Hirschhäuser (Turkey)1 hour 45 minutes 53 seconds

10.          THE REPUBLIC OF THE CORRUPT Feature Film by Salam Zampaligré (Burkina Faso) 1 hour 28 minutes

11.          IN IBADAN Feature film by Taiwo Egunjobi (Nigeria) 1 hour 24 minutes 42 seconds

SHORT FILM

1.            BROTHERLY short film by Best Okoduwa (Nigeria)30 minutes

2.            THE LAST TANGO Short Film by Emil Garuba (Nigeria) 21 minutes 2 seconds

3.            OMOWUNMI Short Film by Hadizat Ibrahim (Nigeria) 28 minutes 50 seconds

4.            OUR HOME – short film by Iyore Edegbe (Canada) 4 minutes 10 seconds

5.            FUTURE SUPERHEROES short film by Asis Sethi (Canada) 1 minute 55 seconds

6.            ALEPH short film  by Joao Butoh (Brazil) 29 minutes 26 seconds

7.            MICHIKO A3 short film by Ryo Kagawa (Japan)  26 minutes 30 seconds

8.            DARK MOON short film by Michael ‘Micl Snr” Norman(South Africa)  21 minutes

9.            ADAM IN AETERNUM   short film by Pedro Jaen R (Spain) 14 minutes 58 seconds

10.          AUGUSTUS Short film by Maximillian Aguiar (USA) 19 minutes 38 seconds

11.          TO ALL MY DARLINGS  Short Film by Lia Campbell (Ireland) 11 minutes 57 seconds

12.          MESSIAH Short film by Jae-hyun Park (South Korea) 19 minutes 38

13.          MAMÁ Short film by Carlos  Aceituno (Spain) 15 minutes

14.          DALÍA Short film by Brúsi Ólason (Iceland) 16 minutes 9 seconds.

FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

1.            KISS THE GROUND- Feature Documentary by Josh Tickell & Rebecca Tickell (USA)           1 hour 25 minutes

2.            SKY BLOSSOM: Diaries of the Next Greatest Generation –  Feature documentary by Richard Lui (USA) 1 hour 27 minutes 37 seconds.

3.            THE ART OF WORSHIP  Feature Documentary film by Ahmed Khairat (Egypt) 52 minutes

SHORT DOCUMENTARY

1.            FORGOTTEN SURVIVORS short documentary by Katman Dayil (Nigeria) 38 minutes 54 seconds

2.            JESSE: THE FUNERAL THAT NEVER ENDED Short Documentary by Eromo Egbejule (Nigeria) 35 minutes 16 seconds

3.            SHADES OF LAGOS short  Documentary by Doyinsola Wale-Banmore (Canada) 40 minutes

4.            PINNACLE Short Documentary by Vikram Jeet Singh Parmar (India) 10 minutes 2 seconds

5.            SPECIES PER AQUAM – Biodiversity between the Ticino Valley and the Alps short documentary by Marco Tessaro (Italy)  12 minutes 44 seconds

6.            POLAND: EUROPE’S GARBAGE DUMP Short documentary by Maciej Kuciel, and Patrycja Dzięcioł-Mokwa  (Poland) 21 minutes 40 seconds

7.            CALL ME NEGUINHO   Short documentary  by Selim Harbi (Cape Verde) 10 minutes

8.            A VISION OF PROMISE Short film by Eva Daoud (Bahrain) 29 minutes

FEATURE ANIMATION

1.            THE LAST PAGE OF SUMMER- Feature animation  by Tim Ross (USA) 1 hour 2   minutes

SHORT  ANIMATION

1.            KENYA’S SYMPHONY Short animation by Carlos Douglas Jr (USA) 4 minutes 50 seconds

2.            BOLERO STATION Short animation by Rolf Brönnimann (Switzerland) 9 minutes 40 seconds

3.            SAD BEAUTY  Short Animation by Arjan Brentjes (Netherlands)  9 minutes 50 seconds

Rotterdam film festival 2021 winners

IFFR winners 2021

Tiger Competition award
Pebbles
Dir: Vinothraj P.S.

Tiger Competition special jury award:
I Comete – A Corsican Summer
Dir: Pascal Tagnati

Tiger Competition special jury award:
Looking For Venera
Dir: Norika Sefa

VPRO Big Screen award
The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be Quiet
Dir: Ana Katz

BankGiro Loterij audience award
Quo Vadis, Aida?
Dir: Jasmila Žbanić

Fipresci award
The Edge Of Daybreak 
Dir: Taiki Sakpisit

Youth Jury award
Night Of The Kings, Dir: Philippe Lacôte

Robby Muller award:
Kelly Reichardt

Ammodo Tiger short swards
Sunsets, Everyday
Dir: Basir Mahmood

Terranova
Dirs: Alejandro Pérez Serrano, Alejandro Alonso Estrella

Maat Means Land
Dir: Fox Maxy

KNF award:
Manifesto
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The Book REVERSAL FILM MAKING by Matthew Simpa

Foreword

A lot of the new entrants into the business of motion picture production in Nigeria think that the business of filmmaking started with Nollywood. It did not. Nigeria had an indigenous film industry that dates back to the 70’s. Then, filmmakers such as Dr. Ola Balogun, Late Chief Adeyemi Afolayan, late Chief Hubert Adedeji Ogunde, and Chief Eddie Ugbomah amongst many others made films on celluloid either on 35mm colour or 16mm colour.  But while the exploits of most of these pioneer filmmakers may have been fairly documented in some of the early books written on the film industry in Nigeria, notably Francoise Balogun’s The Cinema in Nigeria and Professor Hyginus Ekwuazi’s Film in Nigeria, there have been very little mention about a period in the history of the Nigerian film industry where making films using the reversal technology reigned. That was the period of the 80’s when filmmakers such as the late Yemi Meshioye led the crew at Meshfilms Limited to pioneer the unconventional shooting of feature films with reversal film stocks as opposed to negative film stocks which was standard for making films at the time.

It is a part of the untold story of that period in the evolution of the film industry that is told in From Reversal Filmmaking To God’s Bedroom and Back… Untold Story of the Nollywood Revolution, the bookby the accomplished filmmaker Matthew Simpa who was a member of the Meshfilms family and a key figure in the production of some of the film projects by Meshfilms. Those films including Lori-Ere, Ijagbemi, Gbegede Gbina and Iji Aye unarguably became pathfinders for filmmaking in Nigeria.

I am familiar with most of the books that have been written and published on the Nigerian film industry. This book by Simpa is probably the second book on the Nigerian film industry of the 70’s and 80’s devoted to the career journey of a versatile thoroughbred professional with ramified experience and multi-faceted professional training. The first of this kind of work that I have read is the book by the late legendary filmmaker Eddie Ugbomah titled Eddie Ugbomah. But unlike the book by Chief Ugbomah, which is an autobiographical account, Simpa saves the full account of his life for another publication and shares just the story of his career journey pre-Meshfilms, his personal recollection of how they made ‘magic’ with films like Iji Aye at Meshfilms and then his journey post-Meshfilms in this book. The result is a very personal story of those moments that shaped his dream, about the field experiences that sharpened those dreams and about the struggle to fulfill them. It is the story of a hardworking, humble and an honest personality who should be righty acknowledged for his invaluable contribution to the evolution of the Nigerian visual media industry that is today a global household name.

The contributions of this book are manifold. But two things particularly stand out for me. First is that through an account of his career, the author offers a very resourceful and highly engaging book that lends tremendous insight to the creative exploits of Meshfilms and that of other filmmakers of the era of reversal films. Secondly, each chapter of the book is lucidly presented to justify the competence and professional experience of the author in filmmaking.

Although there are still so many efforts to be recorded regarding this period of Nigerian cinema (and the author makes no pretence about writing a definitive book on that period and history of Nigerian film industry), we must commend Simpa for taking this bold step in documenting a significant aspect of the story, which I consider central to our understanding and appreciation of the history of the Nigerian film industry. Although usually a labourious task, but am sure Simpa considers it an honour and a great responsibility to add to the growing body of works that are helping to define the emerging trends with the vibrant Nigerian film industry.

I can imagine that Simpa’s saddening thought and our own thoughts too will be that nearly all the reversal films and even the films that were produced on bigger gauges may not have been preserved for posterity, I think we should be consoled by the fact that one of the key players of that period has at least captured and told a compelling story of the essence of that period in our filmmaking history.

I believe that this book is a valuable contribution to the field. The ultimate value of the book for me is that it points us both backwards to the past and forward to our future. I recommend it to everyone who is interested in the history of the Nigerian reversal film tradition especially and in the history of the Nigerian film industry before Nollywood. It is a welcome addition to the growing body of works on the Nigerian cinema and I feel honoured to be able to greet this new book in its opening pages.

Shaibu Husseini, PhD

Senior Teaching/Research Fellow

Department of Mass Communication

University of Lagos

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The Author Mr Matthew Simpa

Matthew Simpa was born in, Agege, in 1964. He began his film making career with Meshfilms as an Assistant Film Director in 1986. This was two years after graduating with a cinematography certificate from Nigerian College of Film, Owo, Ondo State. He was actively involved in the innovative film making process of using reversal film stocks to shoot theatrical films. He was also part of a series of hit Yoruba home movies in the early 1990s. In 1995, he veered into evangelical film making. Between 1995 and 2000, he directed over twenty movies on video among which was Valle de Baca, the first successful home movie shot in Benin Republic. Since 2004, he has been involved mostly in Christian television programming. He has also directed two soap operas, one in English (The Burning Spear) and the other (Angeli Nigeria) in Yoruba.

In recent times he has worked at Galaxy Television and is presently the General Manager of Ben Auto/Stedik Resources Entertainment Ltd in Lagos. His two most recent movies are Outside the Box (2014) and yet to be released Yoruba film titled Ito Okurin which he produced.