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.
50 years after fellow citizen Ingrid Bergman,
Swedish director Ruben Östlund, a two-time winner of the Palme d’or, will
preside over the Jury of the 76th edition of the Festival de Cannes to be held
from May 16 to 27.
« I am happy, proud, and humbled to be trusted with
the honor of Jury president for this year’s Competition at the Festival de
Cannes. Nowhere in the film world is the anticipation as strong as when the
curtain rises on the films in Competition at the Festival. It is a privilege to
be part of it, together with the Cannes audience of connoisseurs. I am sincere
when I say that cinema culture is in its most important period ever. The cinema
has a unique aspect – there, we watch together, and it demands more on what is
shown and increases the intensity of the experience. It makes us reflect in a
different way than when we dopamine scroll in front of the individual screens.
», declared the futur President Ruben Östlund.
With a track record of only 6 features, the
filmmaker was already selected twice at Un Certain Regard, where he was awarded
the Jury Prize in 2014, before later entering the Competition. No sooner does
he appears there that the Palme d’or is awarded to him twice; first for The
Square at the 70th Festival de Cannes, and then for his next film acclaimed
last year, Triangle of Sadness.
After studying cinema in Gothenburg, he directed his
first feature film, The Guitar Mongoloid, in 2004. On the edge of the
documentary genre, the film describes the intersecting destinies of outcasts in
a fictional city that closely resembles Gothenburg. Humor as a tool of
sociological description is already apparent.
His next short film, Autobiographical Scene Number
6882, gathers all the ingredients of his future work, which are affirmed in
Involuntary, a feature film selected at Un Certain Regard in 2008. Östlund
positions the camera at a relevant distance to better observe human behavior:
small weaknesses and major flaws caused by group dynamics are then dissected to
the point of discomfort. Two years later, Incident by a Bank won the Golden
Bear for best short film at the 60th Berlinale – it examines the reactions of
passers-by to a bank robbery. His third
feature film, Play, which was presented at the
Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes in 2011, describes harassment between youth
gangs. When it was released in Sweden it gave rise to a major debate across
In Force Majeure, which was screened at Un Certain
Regard in 2014, the situation takes on the aspect of an avalanche where a
father prefers to take cover rather than save his wife and children: how can he
accept the aftermath, in bad faith and in fear of losing face? Such is the
issue that the director examines with ferocious acidity.
Ruben Östlund repeatedly explores a provocative
dialectic which has become his signature: an initial situation sets the stage
for a sociological examination where the baser instincts of our humanity are
painstakingly and uncompromisingly examined with corrosive humor.
In 2017, in The Square, he tells the fictional story
of an artistic experiment he conducted in his native country. The film
addresses brilliantly the boundaries of public space, art and the animal
aspects within ourselves.
Finally, in 2022, Triangle of Sadness chronicles a
cruise ship caught in a storm that reshuffles the cards of class struggle in
Western societies in a nauseating hullabaloo.
By inviting Ruben Östlund to preside over the Jury,
the Festival de Cannes wishes to pay a tribute to films that are uncompromising
and forthright and which constantly demand that viewers challenge themselves
and that art continue to invent itself.
Ruben Östlund has therefore become the third
two-time winner of the Palme d’Or to be the President of the Jury, following
Francis Ford Coppola and Emir Kusturica, and the very first to take on this
role the year after his acclaim in Cannes.
« As president, concludes Ruben Östlund, I will
remind my colleagues in the jury about the social function of the cinema. A
good movie relates to the collective experience, stimulates us to think and
makes us want to discuss what we have seen – So let’s watch together! »
Nigerian born US based Actor Tracy Obonna featured in a recent Hollywood movie Bermuda Island.
the character in Film: Laura
Hills Fine Arts Theatre is the location for the sold out premiere of the Mahal
Empire thriller, Bermuda Island starring Tom Sizemore, John Wells, Greg Tally ,Tracy
Obonna and others.
Directed by Adam Werth. Story by Michael Mahal
& Sonny Mahal, Screenplay by Robert
on their way to a tropical paradise crash at sea and find themselves on a
deserted island. Desperate to survive the elements and infighting between
survivors, they find that the island has more in store for them than they ever
Tracy Obonna Bio
graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts from The University of
Albany in New York. She then obtained a MBA in Finance from Nova Southeastern
University in Fort Lauderdale Florida. Tracy also received a scholarship to
play Division 1 volleyball for Youngstown State University in Ohio. She was
then inducted into the Schools Hall of Fame. Tracy is now working on numerous
film projects around the world.
The rapper formerly known as Kanye West told the
world last year that he lost $1 billion after severing a partnership with
Adidas. Now it turns out Adidas stands to lose even more.
The German sportswear brand expects to lose $1.3
billion in sales this year because Yeezy clothes and shoes will not be
available, the company said Thursday. A lack of Yeezy products will also reduce
operating profit by $534 million, with the company projected to break even this
year, Adidas said.
“The numbers speak for themselves. We are currently not performing the way we should,” CEO Bjørn Gulden said in a statement. “2023 will be a year of transition to set the base to again be a growing and profitable company.”
Passengers on their way to a tropical paradise crash at sea and find themselves on a deserted island. Desperate to survive the elements and infighting between survivors, they find that the island has more in store for them than they ever imagined.
Story by Michael Mahal & Sonny Mahal, Screenplay by Robert Thompson. Director Adam Werth
Amanda (Abimbola ESTHER-Modella BBN) visits her
younger brother, Steve (Baaj Adebule), in prison to hear his side of the story.
Steve has been convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. After
listening to his brother’s story, Amanda realizes it is a set up by the same
organization that killed her father. StarCity Properties Ltd is an Estate Development
firm on the outside. But on the inside, the company engages on illegal
activities like drug and human trafficking. When Amanda’s father realized what
the company was really about, he threatened to go to the police if they don’t
stop. StarCity Properties Ltd had two choices, either to disengage from its
criminal activities or remove Mr. Bankole from the face of the earth. They
chose the latter. Now, StarCity Properties Ltd is a criminal organization ran
by the blood thirsty Madam Seggy(Sola Sobowale), whose only daughter(Ojumu
Christiana-ChristO BBN) is a renowned Police Inspector, Betty. Now, there is a
potentially incriminating documents Mr. Bankole hid somewhere before his
demise. StarCity Properties Ltd want that recording by all means. That is why
they set up Bankole’s only son, Steve, hoping to propose a deal to the young
man in exchange for his freedom.
Convinced that her brother is innocent, Amanda decides to infiltrate the Double Dekoi (StarCity Properties Ltd). She sends her mother(Franca Brown) to Abuja and joins her cousin, who lives in the ghetto. Amanda recruit her cousin, Jaspa(Nwekete Bright Chidi-BBN) and the funny Flecky (Seyitan Adeyemi). And together, they infiltrate the Cartel, in search of evidence that could set Steve free. “DOUBLE DEKOI” is intriguing, hilarious. Action packed and suspense- filled. But above all, the lessons are priceless.
Kanayo O Kanayo as Don Malaika
Otote and others
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR NNAMDI ODUNZE
You must have heard about
the multi-million dollar star studded film Double Dekoi. But you may not have
heard about the director behind it.
Nnamdi E Odunze is n ot
new in the Nigerian film industry . he started his entertainment career at The
Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), trained as a core Script Supervisor &
Director by the best hands on television and films.
He created the first
reality TV show in Nigeria after the Big Brother Africa in 2004,”Next Nollywood
Star” a TV Talent Hunts Show. He has directed over a dozen movies/TV programmes.
He has also packaged and managed several premiere deals for Nigerian
international Diaspora filmmakers.
Odunze has a vast knowledge
of organizing road shows of any standard.
He has to his credit,
Assistant Director: “Sakobi Returns” (A ZebEjiro Production), Director:
“Adaeze” (1st Igbo soap opera in Nollywood), Director: ‘Enu Ofe’(Igbo soap
opera), Director: ‘Crossed Road’(Golden Pyramid Productions Ltd.), Director:
‘Comfort Zone’(Golden Pyramid Productions Ltd.), Director:
‘Adamma ’(FAD Productions
Ltd.), Director: ‘Ikpe Omuma’ (TV Series-Golden Pyramid Productions Ltd./Africa
Movie Magic), Director: ‘Secret Pain’(TV Series-Golden Pyramid Productions
Ltd./Africa Movie Magic ),Director: ‘Diary of a Hood’(Heavy Metal Studios
Ltd.), 1st Assistant Director ‘Sweet & Sour’ (ZebEjiro Productions (on The
NTA Network Service), 1st Assistant Director & Script Supervisor: ‘Mortal
Sin’ (ZebEjiro Productions Ltd), Assistant Director: ‘Extreme Measures’ (Zeb
Ejiro Productions Ltd), Director: ‘Ice Cold’ (MacMillan Productions), Director:
‘Sweetest Goodbye’ and ‘Paradise of Shame’ (Monarch Productions), Production
Designer & Script Supervisor:
Productions, London), Producer: A Queen For Domingo(A Live Musical Drama Makeli
Multi-media Productions Ltd), Assistant Director: ‘with God’ (O’King
Productions Ltd.),Unit Director: Black Night In South America(African Oasis Productions,
Brazil ), etc.
In the last few years,
Odunze has established good reputation in producing and directing movies,
organizing and management of events, stage plays in partnership with Nigerian
Nnamdi’s experience spans
beyond theatre and the shores of Nigeria as he can be considered as a world
Citizen by being involved in productions “12 Ayilara Street (on tour) in the
Republic of Benin by the Embassy of France/French Cultural Center (Lagos
–Nigeria) and the Republic of Togo.
This flowing experiences
made it easy fir him to gather top veterans like KOK, Sola Sobowale, Hijda
Dokubo and a host if others in the criss cultural feature film Double Dekoi.
NnamdiE. Odunze is the
creator of“Millionaire’s Mansion” reality TV shows.
Nnamdi E Odunze is happily
married to his beautiful wife and blessed with lovely children.
African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and the
Silverbird Group have signed an MoU in an agreement to construct a
state-of-the-art and Africa’s largest film and studio studio complex in
The Partnership was signed by Mrs. Helen Brume,
Director Project & Asset-Based Finance, Afreximbank and Mr. Ben
Murray-Bruce, Founder of Silverbird Group.
The Ben Murray-Bruce Studios and Film Academy (BMB
Studios and Film Academy), will transform the 32,725 square meter land area in
Eko Atlantic City into two purpose-built sound stages, a Digital Hub with music
and broadcast studios, editing bays, screening rooms, Studio backlot,
Production Offices and a Film Academy designed to meet the aspirations of
today’s and tomorrow’s content creators.
The development of the BMB Studios and Film Academy
is in line with Afreximbank’s Creative Africa Nexus (CANEX) Initiative, a
programme established by the Bank to support Africa’s creative and cultural
Brenyah Launches the Maiden Edition of Africa’s Future Empowerment Conference
Brenyah – a Dutch-born Ghanaian – is set to launch a revolutionary Africa’s
on October 8th, 2022, in Lagos, Nigeria.
Brenyah, through Rudolf Brenyah International, presents the first edition of
Africa’s Future Empowerment Conference (AFEC), slated for 8th October 2022. The
event, designed to empower, inspire, and prepare African youths for leadership,
will take place at D’podium International Event Center, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.
Okyere-Brenyah is an author, award-winning digital entrepreneur, and
being born in Amsterdam to Ghanaian parents and spending most of his life in
the West, Rudolf has always focused on African Youths, which is his motivation
for launching AFEC.
a publication from UNICEF, three out of five people are under the age of 25,
and half of Africa’s population is between 3 and 24 years old, making Africa
the youngest continent. Rudolf Brenyah believes this population should be
leveraged and utilized for Africa’s development. When he was asked the reason
he started this conference, Rudolf said;
a very young population. So, the reason why I started the Africa’s Future
because I want to ensure that I play my part in preparing this young population
that we have for
and consequently, position them for greatness. We do not always have to depend
on the government for
I believe in taking actions not complaints. And this is what AFEC is all about
– taking actions that will impact Africa positively.”
Rudolf’s way of contributing to Africa’s development. AFEC is a
mega-conference! The conference aims to educate African youths on
self-development, financial education, entrepreneurship, purpose discovery,
unleashing potentials, tech skills, and equipping them for leadership.
Future Empowerment Conference is not just a conference but a movement. AFEC is
projected to take off in Nigeria and move on to every African country! And it
gets better. AFEC will feature a section called ‘Pitch and Win’, where people
(especially young minds) can present their business ideas and win prizes like grants
the event is free, but registration is compulsory.