SUBMISSION OPEN FOR THE 11TH EDITION EKO INT’L FILM FESTIVAL
WINNERS OF THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY EKO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2020
NOW OPEN: 10TH ANNIVERSARY 2020 EDITION OF EKO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FILM SUBMISSION

CANNES CANNOT BE HELD ON THE SCHEDULED DATES, FROM MAY 12 TO 23

At this time of global health crisis, our thoughts go to the victims of the COVID-19 and we express our solidarity with all of those who are fighting the disease.

We have made the following decision : The Festival de Cannes cannot be held on the scheduled dates, from May 12 to 23. Several options are considered in order to preserve its running, the main one being a simple postponement, in Cannes, until the end of June-beginning of July, 2020.

As soon as the development of the French and international health situation will allow us to assess the real possibility, we will make our decision known, in accordance with our ongoing consultation with the French Government and Cannes City Hall as well as with the Festival’s Board Members, Film industry professionals and all the partners of the event.

In the meantime, the Festival de Cannes lends its vocal support to all of those who firmly call on everyone to respect the general lockdown, and ask to show solidarity in these difficult times for the entire world.

See you very soon,

The Festival de Cannes Team

WINNERS OF THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY EKO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2020

EKO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best feature film :THE REAL EXORCIST (JAPAN)

Best Nigerian : SEVEN

Best Actor : RICHARD MOFE DAMIJO MOVIE SEVEN (NIGERIA)

Best Actress : ELVINA IBRU BLING LAGOSIANS (NIGERIA)

Best Supporting Actor : DADDY SHOWKEY ( FROM THE MOVIE ‘SEVEN’) NIGERIA

Best Supporting Actress : RIN KIJIMA (FROM THE MOVIE ‘THE REAL EXORCIST’ JAPAN)

Best Feature Documentary Film : ’METROPLASTIC MADNESS’ BY ATSUKO QUIRK, DEBBY LEE COHEN (USA)

Best Short Documentary Film : ‘ROAD TRIP SÃO TOMÉ’
by {Andreas & Leah Rohner (Calgary, Canada),Bastian Caspar (Cologne, Germany)Christian Fausel (Munich, Germany),Denis Trümbach (Moschheim, Germany) Canada

Best Indigenous Film: ’IBI (THE BIRTH)’ BY SEYI ALABI (NIGERIA)

Best Short Film : FIFTY SHORT FILM BY JAVIER DAMPIERRE (SPAIN)

Best Nigeria Short Film: ‘ARABIDA’ BY OLUMENSE OMONJAHIO(NIGERIA)

Best Actor Short Film: SASHA GOLBERG (FROM THE MOVIE ‘FIFTY’ FROM SPAIN)

Best Actress Short Film: DEY YOUNG (FROM THE MOVIE ‘FIFTY’ FROM SPAIN)

Best Film Animation: ‘FELINE PARADOX’ BY BEN REICHER (FRANCE)

73RD FESTIVAL DE CANNES : ACCREDITATION IS NOW OPEN !

The Festival De France is reserved to film industry professionals. Every participant must be granted accreditation to take part in the festival.Profesional accreditation are granted  by professional categories.

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  • The “Trois j and our a Cannes/Three days in Cannes” Pass, reserve for cinemas lovers age between the age of 18 and 24!

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The 72nd edition in figures !

While the 72nd edition was hailed as a great artistic triumph, the crowds of participants also ensured it was a success in terms of attendance. 39,700 professionals from 170 countries flocked to this great gathering of film lovers in 2019, the largest number of accreditations ever issued. Among them, some 30 film professions and nearly 4,400 journalists and media technicians attended the previews and screenings of the 57 films in the Official Selection, from 35 production countries.

Meanwhile, at the Marché du Film, 12,527 participants (distributors, sales agents, producers, exhibitors, festival organisers, etc), came together to discover 4,000 films & projects and enjoy 1,464 screenings, as well as the various programmes and innovations offered by this key industry event, which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2019.

At the Village international, where the return of Poland and Japan were greeted with great enthusiasm, 96 countries were represented and, for the first time, 2 pavilions housed the representatives of more than 25 African countries.

Finally, in 2019, the Festival also continued its policy of opening up to the main public with “Cannes Cinéphiles”, and in particular to the younger generation with the success of “3 Days in Cannes”. Through these initiatives, which will be repeated in 2020, the Festival’s many cinemas played host to over 7,000 film buffs.

Consult the registration modalities according to your category and apply for accreditation online.

Musical Artist ELITROPH Solomon sings -SAY NO TO DRUGS ABUSE & other human addictions.

ELITHROPH SOLOMON Musical Artist

My name is Elitroph Solomon I’m a musical artist, a movie actor and a graduate of civil engineering from one of the universities in Nigeria. I’m Based and promoting my skills in Lagos state (Nigeria). Musically, I’ve been working on a music project titled “seven seals” which is 100% ready and will soon be online for downloads and out of the project this single “Addiction” came out from. I’ve got this heavy heart about those that are dying and giving up in the fight over addiction and the excessive and uncontrollable intake of harmful drugs and that fueled me to composing a song titled “Addiction”.

This song is my voice, my support and my drugs to those battling with addiction. The fact is we are all addicted to something and this song would fuel your passion to break out of that which is holding you down from being who you ought to be which is a better version of yourselves for your family, friends and loved one. Addicted victims needs to be taught first of all on learning how to love themselves, they need to realise its It’s either they fight to drown their addictions or it drowns them. I did a promotional video of the song addiction to help in the awareness and I call everyone with “like minds” to join me in the enlightenment of drug abuse to make our society better. SAY NO TO DRUGS ABUSE and other human addictions. Let’s make Africa better in our own little way. Please contact me let’s reach out to more people. On instagram @elitroph twitter @elitroph17 facebook @Elitroph music.

THE TEN VIRGINS by Blessing Egbe Nigerian filmmaker

the ten virginsTen Virgin maidens betrothed to a great prince who is away on an infinite journey must stay faithful and untainted while in wait for his return. Inspired by the biblical story of the Ten Virgins.

BLESSING                                       Producer Blessing Egbe

Profile of the Producer/Director. Blessing Egbe
EDUCATION
BACHELOR OF ARTS-University of Calabar 2000 MAJOR- Theatre and Film GPA 3.0 (2ND Class Lower) CORE COURSES: Creative dramatics, play writing, acting, directing and communication.

DIPLOMA- University of Calabar 1996 MAJOR- Theatre Arts GPA 3.53 Introduction to the core courses.

CERTIFICATE-City Varsity film &Television & multi 2004 MAJOR – Screen writing Basic Scriptwriting media school, Cape Town, South Africa

PROFFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (12 Years) Blessing Effiom Egbe is the CEO of B’Concept Network Productions. She has Written, produced and directed over 100 hours of content for the company. Below is a listing of Blessing Egbe’s works.
2018 The Ten Virgins (Film Series)
2017 She Drives Me Nuts! (Drama Series. 52 Episodes)
2017 The Women Movie
2016 One Room Movie
2015 This Thing Called Marriage (50 Part Drama Series)
2015 Iquo’s Journal (Social Movie On Hiv/Aids)
2014 Keboti (Short Film On The Importance Of A Good Name)
2013/15 Lekki Wives (78 Part Drama Series)
2011 Two Brides and A Baby Movie
2009 Disclosure Drama Series (43 Episodes)
2007 The Rivals Movie (Written & Co-Produced)
2005/06 Before The Vow / After The Vow
PROFFESSIONAL AWARDS/ NOMINATIONS/ WINS/ FILM FESTIVALS SELECTION
FOR THE WOMEN MOVIE
Official Selection the British Council’ Africa In Motion Film Festival Scotland 2018
Official Selection Festival International Du Film Pan African De Cannes. Paris 2018
Official Selection Nollywood Travel Film Festival. Germany 2018
Official Selection Eko International Film Festival Lagos, Nigeria. 2018
Winner Best Indigenous Movie. Abuja International Film Festival. 2018
Official Selection Africa Movie Academy Awards, Kigali, Rwanda. 2018
Semi Finalist Caribbean Film Festival And Market. 2018
Nominee Director Of The Year- Blessing Egbe- Best Of Nollywood Awards 2017
Winner Best Screen Play- Blessing Egbe- Best Of Nollywood Awards 2017

FOR ONE ROOM MOVIE
Nominee 2016 Exquisite Lady of The Year Awards-Best Female Movie Producer

FOR LEKKI WIVES DRAMA SERIES
Winner 2014-Best Tv Drama Series- Best Of Nollywood Awards.
Nominee 2013-Movie Producer Of The Year- Exquisite Lady Of The Year Awards

FOR IQUO’S JOURNAL MOVIE
Nominee 2015 Zafaa Awards Best Producer Blessing Effiom Egbe
Nominee 2016 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards Best Writer-Blessing Egbe

FOR TWO BRIDES AND A BABY MOVIE
Nominee 2013 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award For Best Writer. Blessing Egbe
Nominee 2013 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award- Best Art Director- Blessing Egbe
Nominee 2011 Best Of Nollywood Awards Movie Of The Year – Blessing Egbe
Winner 2011 Best Of Nollywood Awards For Best Screen Play– Blessing Egbe

FOR DISCLOSURE DRAMA SERIES
WINNER 2011 CITY PEOPLE’S SCRIPT WRITER OF THE YEAR

NOTABLE PUBLICATIONS/ FEATURES
Book Feature Women Calling the Shots 2017
Documentary Feature Amaka’s Kin, Women Of Nollywood 2016
Listed African Women Power Network 2017 Power List, 2017
Listed 5 Female Directors to Watch Out For 2017
Listed 10 Most Inspiring Nollywood Female Film Makers.2017
Listed 40 Most Inspiring Youngstars -2016 Kennis Place
Numerous Press Publications

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS/ PANELISTS
Speaker 2017 Africa International Film Festival 2017 (Female Entrepreneurship)
Speaker 2017 Nollywood Forum (What Directors Expect From Actors.)
Speaker 2017 Junior Achievement Leadership Empowerment Camp
Panelist 2017 Nigerian International Film Summit (On Faith Based Films)
Speaker 2017 Success Stories Africa Forum (Shared My Success Story)

Contact: Peridot Close, Diamond estate, Off Monastery Road, Sango Tedo, Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria. +2348030600626, tunuus@yahoo.com

NOW OPEN: 10TH ANNIVERSARY 2020 EDITION OF EKO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FILM SUBMISSION

BANNER EKOIFFThe Eko International Film Festival will return for its tenth anniversary edition in 2020 from March 10 to 14, 2020. The Film Festival 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 cinema.

Eko International Film Festival is accepting entries to the 10th EKOIFF edition.

Applications for submitting films are being accepted on various film submission platforms.

Click to submit your film https://filmfreeway.com/EkoInternationalFilmFestival

The Festival accepts films in five categories which include:

Feature Film,
Short Film,
Fiction,
Documentaries
Short Documentaries
Indigenous film
Animation

More information on the programme will be released in the lead up to the event. www.ekoiff.org

OSCAR AWARDS’ TRADEMARK WAR WITH UNIVERSAL MOVIE ACADEMY AWARDS.

OSCARS

In what is reminiscent of the prevailed spirit that necessitated the creation of the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890, Academy Awards, otherwise known as Oscars has made a move to muzzle a perceived innovation and competition – UNIVERSAL MOVIE ACADEMY AWARDS (UNIMAA)

UNIMAAThe first trademark opposition was filed by ALLAN & OGUNKEYE a Nigerian law firm based in Lagos on behalf of Academy Of Motions Pictures Arts and Sciences to the trademark office in Abuja Nigeria. And the subsequent opposition is filed by SCOTT MILLER Assistant General Counsel and Managing Director Legal and Administrations ACADEMY OF MOTIONS PICTURES ARTS AND SCIENCES (AMPAS) of the address 8949 Wilshire Boulevard Beverly Hills, California 90211 USA.

A mirrored dispute is also at the US Patent and Trademark law office – as Oscars seeks to muzzle UNIMAA’s existence beyond the shores of Africa.

The about 91year old movie giant of American origin is fighting to systematically eliminate UNIVERSAL MOVIE ACADEMY AWARDS (UNIMAA), which originates from the African nation, Nigeria under the guise of trademark conflict by challenging the registration of UNIMAA on the African shore. The founder of Universal Movie Academy Awards Mr Hope Obioma Opara was surprised with the nefarious activity of the OSCARS orchestrated to eliminate this new innovation.
A pertinent question is ‘what is Academy Of Motions Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) is afraid of?
The Background
It will interest you to know that in 2018, Academy Awards, through their litigant filed an objection with the ministry of Trade and commerce, Nigeria, objecting to the existence of UNIMAA. We responded with a contrary stance to this objection since we reviewed the trademark laws and found that the terms “Academy” and “Awards” are generic words that cannot solely be used by any entity. More so, the qualifier, “Universal Movie” in Universal Movie Academy Awards clearly distinguishes UNIMAA from Academy Awards that has no such qualifier. A mandatory 90 day period passed and no further objection to our response as required by law was raised.
To understand this argument, “African Union” is distinguished from “European Union” although the word “union” is a common decimal. United States cannot be confused with United Arab Emirates because of the existence of “United.” Standard Bank cannot challenge United Bank of Africa for the use of the term “Bank”, because in all the instances cited, the usage of those generic terms, even if registered by any of the corporations engaging in similar services, doesn’t result in confusion for the public with respect to the individualities of the organizations – and therefore does not constitute infringement.
The Founder of Universal Movie Academy Awards, Mr Hope Obioma Opara, in his submission gave instances of countries where the two generic words “ACADEMY” & “AWARDS” are used in sync as stated below.
The Opponent’s ground of Opposition puts the Opponent to the strictest proof of the averments thereof. The opponent does not have the exclusive and proprietary right over generic words like “ACADEMY AWARD” either in the United States of America and other parts of the world.
The use of only ACADEMY AWARDS without element to distinguish makes it ambiguous. On a serious note AMPASS should not bar or foreclose the usage of ACADEMY AWARDS just for themselves because ‘ACADEMY AWARD’ is similar to BEAUTY PAGENT, FILM FESTIVAL, TRADE UNION, COLLEGE OF EDUCATION,TECHNICAL COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY etc. that are all generic words, requiring qualifiers for distinguishing from other organizations using the combinations of these generic terms.
The followings are example of countries where “ACADEMY AWARD” are being used in the brand names of such entities.
For instance in
a) – In NIGERIA, AFRICAN MOVIE ACADEMY AWARDS (AMAA() Founded in 2005
b) – In INDIA, “INTERNATIONAL INDIAN FILM ACADEMY AWARDS”; (First awarded‎: ‎2000) The 2017 edition was held July 14–15, 2017 in MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA. Interestingly, although this event was right under the nose of OSCARS, no infractions from Oscars barring the event was registered.
c) – In ITALY: ITALIAN DOCUMENTARY ACADEMY AWARDS (established in 1955)
d) – In USA : PRINCE OF PRESTIGE ACADEMY AWARD Founded in 2010 Florida US – still in the same country as Oscars’.
e) – In INDIA, PRIYADARSHNI ACADEMY AWARDS (Nanik Rupani founded a unique institution, Priyadarshni Academy in 1985 )
f) -In SOUTH AFRICA , ZULU AFRICAN FILM ACADEMY AWARDS (ZAFAA Global Awards) edition in 2006.
g) -In CHINA, “CHINA ACADEMY AWARDS OF DOCUMENTARY FILM (CAADF); (The China Academy Awards for Documentary Film (CAADF) is one of the … First launched in 2011, CAADF is known as “The Oscars of China
h) – In JAPAN, they have “JAPANESE ACADEMY AWARDS/JAPANESE ACADEMY PRICE. Founded in 1978 Japan
i) -In HOLLAND, they have “TENT ACADEMY AWARDS” ROTTERDAM; (TENT. is a new municipal exhibition space in the center of Rotterdam, Holland, opened in 1999 and TENT ACADEMY AWARDS 2001 • Screening) Holland
j) – In USA, they have “ANNUAL FACET ACADEMY AWARDS OF INDIANA UNIVERSITY” (Founded in 1989) USA.
k) -In EUROPE, they have “EUROPEAN MUSEUM ACADEMY AWARDS”, (the Council of Europe. It was founded in 1977 by journalist, author Kenneth Hudson.) European Union.
With all the above local and international use of ACADEMY AWARDS, it is now glaring that it is generic and that the phrase “Academy Awards,” was registered without recourse to the future existence of other organizations bearing the phrase. It should be seen to have been registered in error, it should not be applied to disqualify any other name or names containing, academy awards, so long as there are other distinguishing features.”
While the begging question of what Oscars fears are do remain rife, it will be illuminate that she desists from pursuits that will define her as a repressive gigantic organization that’s out to muzzle perceived competitions in a world wide enough for innovations!