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


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.


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


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


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


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
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

Dirs: Alejandro Pérez Serrano, Alejandro Alonso Estrella

Maat Means Land
Dir: Fox Maxy

KNF award:
Dor Ane Hjort Guttu


LATE LARRY KING 1933 – 2021

Larry King (born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger; November 19, 1933 – January 23, 2021) was an American television host, radio host, and paid spokesman, whose work was recognized with awards including two Peabodys, an Emmy award, and 10 Cable ACE Awards.

King began as a local Florida journalist and radio interviewer in the 1950s and 1960s, and gained prominence beginning in 1978 as host of The Larry King Show, an all-night nationwide call-in radio program heard on the Mutual Broadcasting System.

 From 1985 to 2010, he hosted the nightly interview television program Larry King Live on CNN. From 2012 to 2020, he hosted Larry King Now which aired on Hulu, Ora TV, and RT America. He continued to host Politicking with Larry King, a weekly political talk show which aired weekly on the same two channels from 2013 until his death in 2021.

The Book REVERSAL FILM MAKING by Matthew Simpa


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


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.


Eko Int’l Film Festival set for 11th edition, reward professionalism

The Eko International Film Festival is an annual film festival that has spanned through the years with pump and pageantry attracting all entertainment razzmatazz.

The 11th edition slated for March 8-12, 2021 has attracted entries from over 55 countries globally. The film festival has also attracted collaboration over the years which includes the US, Consulate Nigeria, Makido film Austria, Polish Embassy Nigeria, Niger State Government (Niger State Book and other intellectual Resources Development Agency, Multichoice Nigeria Ltd Nexim Bank and Bank of industry (BOI) for their immense support during the festival 10th anniversary edition.

The festival is also grateful to the Nigeria Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) under the able leadership of Executive Director Alhaji Thomas Adebayo whose immense support cannot be quantified.

The Silverbird Group (Silverbird Cinemas) has sustained their support for the festival from inception to the present edition which we are eternally grateful.

The President / Founder of EKOIFF Mr. Hope Obioma Opara is also the founder of a new initiative in the global entertainment industry, The UNIVERSAL MOVIE AWARD (UNIMAA).

The event is designated to run an academy for the development of contemporary talents among the youth brackets in the motion picture industry. The aims of the academy is to train and empower young people in film making, photography and music thereby creating job opportunities for Nigerian teeming youths.

He stated that these platforms are keys to increasing the development of the tourism industry for any state and country at large. He also reiterated the readiness of his team and their foreign partners to work and partner with any corporate organization and state government in Nigeria willing to host and leverage on these platforms for tourism and cultural exchange.

He said that the Universal Movie Awards is an annual international Award based in Nigeria, but with a global appeal and presence. The mission of Universal Movie Awards is: “the celebration of professional excellence in the Global Film/Television Industry.” It will also promote the appreciation of Arts and Culture through motion picture arts and sciences globally.

The first edition of UNIVERSAL MOVIE AWARDS (UNIMAA) is slated to hold in August 2021. We are looking forward to all-encompassing partnerships as we drive and sail to greater height and destination.

Happy Birthday Stella D’lyte

Stella D’lyte is a Nigerian songstress who has carved an itch for herself in the Nigerian  music industry. She is now based in Unites States of America’

Today is her birthday  and this goes with her new Hit Song ”DEAR GOD” with wonderful lyrics “Oluwa bless us ooo . Do not forsake us ooo . I’m begging you pick up your phone cos I really need to talk to you . Do not forsake us o make you protect us all . I’m begging pls pick up your phone cos I really need to talk to you”.

Her new song dropped at the right time for the celebration of Christmas and new year ahead. Her Teaming fans are yearning for  watch her live performance after leaving the stage for some time.

We wish her a happy birthday and many more years to come. God bless you more Stella D’lyte.