EUROPEAN FILM MARKET, RETROSPEKTIVE, BERLINALE CLASSICS

The EFM is expecting buzzing business not only at its main location, the impressive Gropius Bau, as the industry returns to Berlin © EFM / Juliane Eirich

European Film Market 2022: Exhibition Spaces in the Gropius Bau and in the Marriott Hotel Largely Booked Out / Under the title SHAPING CHANGE “EFM Industry Sessions” Call on the Film and Media Industry to Jointly Shape the Future

The EFM will take place from February 10 to 17, 2022 under the motto “It all (re)starts here”. The “EFM Industry Sessions” will discuss the three core themes Future, Diversity & Inclusion and Sustainable Development in the four programme strands “Producers”, “Distribution”, “Documentary” and “Series.

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HOMAGE AND HONORARY GOLDEN BEAR FOR ISABELLE HUPPERT AT THE 2022 BERLINALE

ISABELLE HUPPERT

The Homage section of the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival will be dedicated to French film and stage actor Isabelle Huppert, who will be awarded an Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement. In conjunction with the Award Ceremony on February 15, 2022 at the Berlinale Palast, the festival will screen as Berlinale Special Gala À propos de Joan (About Joan, dir: Laurent Larivière). Huppert is one of the most versatile actors in the world, and has played an impressive range of characters in almost 150 cinema and television productions.

Isabelle Huppert has been closely linked with the film festival for many years and starred in seven Competition films to date. She was first a guest in Berlin with La vengeance d’une femme (A Woman’s Revenge, dir: Jacques Doillon). Director François Ozon cast her in his dark musical comedy 8 Femmes (8 Women) as an unprepossessing woman who emerges in the end as a confident beauty. The ensemble cast was awarded a Silver Bear for outstanding artistic accomplishment. In L’Avenir (Things to Come), she also plays a woman re-discovering her freedom as a philosophy teacher in a failing marriage. Director Mia Hansen-Løve won the Silver Bear as Best Director for the film.

“We are proud to welcome Isabelle Huppert back to the festival,” say Berlinale directors Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian, “the Honorary Golden Bear may seem like a natural progression in a career without equal, since Isabelle Huppert is one of the few artists recognised with acting awards at all major film festivals. But Isabelle Huppert is more than a celebrated actor — she is an uncompromising artist who doesn’t hesitate to take risks and flout mainstream trends. Awarding her our most prestigious prize is to accentuate cinema as an art form, independent and unconditional. We often see actors as tools in the hands of filmmakers, but Isabelle Huppert is a clear example that the dynamic can be a true exchange. Actors can be the true engine of creating not only emotions, but also concepts of cinema.”

Isabelle Huppert began studying acting at the age of 14, and later attended the Conservatoire nationale supérieur d’art dramatique in Paris. She began her career on stage  and made her screen debut with Faustine et le bel été (Faustine and the Beautiful Summer, dir: Nina Companeez). Huppert’s first appearance in an international production was in the film Rosebud (dir: Otto Preminger). Two years later, her starring performance as the shy young woman Béatrice in Claude Goretta’s La Dentellière (The Lacemaker) won her the BAFTA as Most Promising Newcomer.

Huppert early on came to the attention of a  host of top filmmakers, such as Jean-Luc Godard and Bertrand Tavernier. Her first turn for Godard was as the star of his Sauve qui peut (la vie) (Every Man for Himself).  Other world-renowned directors soon seized on Huppert’s diverse acting talents, including Olivier Assayas, Catherine Breillat, Patrice Chéreau, Claire Denis, Andrzej Wajda, and Joachim Trier, as well as American filmmakers such as Curtis Hanson, Hal Hartley, Ira Sachs, and David O. Russell. Italian filmmakers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani gave her the lead in their film Le affinità elettive (Elective Affinities) and she was part of the ensemble in Marco Bellocchio’s Bella Addormentata (Dormant Beauty).

French acclaimed director Claude Chabrol cast Isabelle Huppert in a total of seven films, with each character as mutable and complex as the next,  beginning with the title role in Violette Nozière. That garnered her her first Palme D’Or for Best Actress at the Cannes film festival. Huppert and Sandrine Bonnaire played a pair of homicidal friends in the director’s La Cérémonie, a role that won her a César. Huppert’s final collaboration with Chabrol was her complex portrayal of a powerful judge in L’ivresse du pouvoir (Comedy of Power), which premiered in Competition at the Berlinale. 

The actors film career has also been shaped by her work with Austrian director Michael Haneke, with whom she has made four movies.  Her outstanding lead performance in his controversial 2001 drama La Pianiste (The Piano Teacher) brought her accolades as Best Actress in Cannes and at the European Film

Awards, among others. Beginning with her appearance in Brillante Mendoza’s Captive, shown in Competition in Berlin, Huppert has increasingly worked with Asian directors. That same year, she was in Hong Sang-soo’s Da-reun na-ra-e-seo (In Another Country), playing three different women who all have the same name.

Huppert has also made successful films with other German-language directors and actors. She appeared alongside Hanna Schygulla in Storia di Piera (The Story of Piera) directed by Marco Ferreri. And she took on the lead as the nameless writer who increasingly loses touch with reality in the film adaptation of Ingeborg Bachmann’s Malina (dir: Werner Schroeter), winning the German Film Prize. She was top-billed in Swiss director Ursula Meier’s Home.

Isabelle Huppert has been nominated for the French film prize César more than any other actress in France, and has twice won one.  Her virtuoso acting style has also brought her two Palmes D’Or at Cannes. She has appeared in more than 20 films shown in competition there — yet another record. She won a Golden Globe as Best Actress for her work in the thriller Elle (dir: Paul Verhoeven). That role as a successful businesswoman who takes revenge on her rapist also resulted in her first Academy Award nomination.

In addition to her successful onscreen career, Isabelle Huppert also continues working on stage and has been awarded the Europe Theater Prize, among others. After premiering the French version of Orlando, she took to the stage under Robert Wilson’s direction once again as the glacial marchioness Merteuil in Heiner Müller’s Quartett. She was equally brilliant in Sarah Kane’s play 4.48 Psychosis staged by Claude Régy. A guest performance of that play in Berlin marked the first time that Huppert appeared on a German stage, entrancing audiences with her intense portrayal.

The French-German-Irish co-production À propos de Joan (About Joan) directed by Laurent Larivière, which stars Huppert alongside Lars Eidinger, will be released in Germany in 2022.

The Homage films:

La Dentellière (The Lacemaker), France / FRG / Switzerland, 1977, Claude Goretta

Sauve qui peut (la vie) (Every Man for Himself), France / Switzerland / FRG / Austria, 1980, Jean-Luc Godard

La Cérémonie, France / Germany, 1995, Claude Chabrol

La Pianiste (The Piano Teacher), France / Austria / Germany, 2001, Michael Haneke

8 Femmes (8 Women), France / Italy, 2002, François Ozon

L’Avenir (Things to Come), France / Germany, 2016, Mia Hansen-Løve

Elle, France / Germany / Belgium, 2016, Paul Verhoeven

The Homage is mounted under the aegis of the Deutsche Kinemathek.

FULL LIST OF WINNERS AND NOMINEES: UNIVERSAL MOVIE AWARDS OCTOBER 22,2021

BEST PICTURE

VOICELESS

VOICELESS (Nigeria) – WINNER

NOMINESS:

  • MISSION RESCURE (Kenya)
  • A DANCE TO FORGET(Nigeria)
  • HEROES OF AFRICA (Ghana)

 BEST ACTOR MALE

JORGE LUIS CASTRO

JORGE LUIS CASTRO Movie OCEAN (Russia) WINNER

NOMINESS:

  • ADAM GARUBA the movie VOICELESS (Nigeria)
  • SEUN AKINDELE Movie DESPERATE PROPOSAL
  • BERNARD ADUSE POKU Movie HEROES OF AFRICA  (Ghana)

BEST ACTOR FEMALE

UFUOMA MCDERMOTT

UFUOMA MCDERMOTT  Movie MR & MRS OKOLI (Nigeria) WINNER

NOMINESS:

  • LARA LAZARETTI  Movie NOVEMBER (Portuguese Brazil)
  • NANCY ISIME  Movie A DANCE TO FORGET(Nigeria)
  • ASABE MADAKI Movie VOICELESS (Nigeria)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR MALE

FREDERICK LEONARD

FREDERICK LEONARD Movie VENDETTA (Nigeria)  WINNER

NOMINESS:

  • TONY AKPOSHERI Movie Mr & Mrs Okoli
  • NANJIE RAMESH Movie BROKEN POT (Cameron)
  • SANI MU’AZU  Movie VOICELESS (Nigeria)

 BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR FEMALE

NGOZI EZEONU

NGOZI EZEONU Movie A DANCE TO FORGET  (Nigeria) WINNER

NOMINESS:

  • YANA IVANOVA Movie GRAND CANCAN (Russia)
  • REKIYA ATTA Movie VOICELESS Nigeria
  • MA-BI ETONGO CELESTINE Movie BROKEN POT (Cameroon)

BEST DIRECTOR

ROBERTS PETERS

ROBERT PETERS Movie VOICELESS Nigeria – WINNER

NOMINESS:

  • GILBERT LUKALIA Movie MISSION TO RESCUE (Kenya)
  • FRANK GHARBIN Movie HEROES OF AFRICA (Ghana)
  • MIKHAIL KOSYREV-NESTEROV Movie  OCEAN (Russia)

BEST SCREENPLAY

JENNY AGUNLOYE

JENNY  AGUNLOYE Movie VOICELESS Nigeria – WINNER

NOMINESS:

  • KOSYREV-NESTEROV Movie OCEAN  Russia
  • NAJID ALFRED TOOFE, STANFAME AJALAJA  Movie MR & MRS OKOLI Nigeria
  • FRANK GHARBIN Movie HEROES OF AFRICAN Ghana

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

VICTOR OMBOGO

VICTOR OMBOGO Movie MISSION TO RESCUE – Kenya WINNER

NOMINESS:

  • JONATHAN KOVEL VOICELESS – Nigeria
  • OLEG LUKICHEV Movie OCEAN – RUSSIA
  • VINCENT BAFFOUR Movie HEROES OF AFRICA – Ghana

BEST STORY

HEROES OF AFRICA – Ghana WINNER

NOMINESS:

  • OCEAN – Russia
  • BROKEN POT – Cameroon
  • VOICELESS – Nigeria

BEST CAST DIRECTOR

HEROES OF AFRICAN – Ghana WINNER

NOMINESS:

  • OCEAN- Russia
  • VOICELESS – Nigeria 
  • MISSION TO RESCUE – Kenya

BEST FILM EDIT

VOICELESS – Nigeria- WINNER

NOMINESS:

  • NOVEMBER – Brazil
  • MR & MRS OKOLI – Nigeria
  • MISSION TO RESCUE – Kenya

BEST SOUND

HEROES OF AFRICA Movie from Ghana – WINNER

       NOMINESS:

  • VOICELESS – Nigeria
  • MISSION TO RESCUE- Kenya
  • NOVEMBER – Brazil

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN 

VEGAS – USA- WINNER

NOMINESS:

  • VOICELESS – Nigeria
  • A DANCE TO FORGET – Nigeria
  • OCEAN  – Russia

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

NOVEMBER – Brazil – WINNER

NOMINESS:

  • VOICELESS – Nigeria
  • A DANCE TO FORGET – Nigeria
  • DESPERATE PROPOSAL – Nigeria

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

A DREAM TO FORGET –  Nigeria – WINNER

NOMINESS:

  • OCEAN – Russia
  • NOVEMBER – Brazil
  • TWISTED – Nigeria

BEST MAKEUP COSTUME

HEROES OF AFRICA – Ghana – WINNER

     NOMINESS:

  • DESPERATE PROPOSAL – Nigeria
  • PIOUS LOVE- Nigeria
  • A DANCE TO FORGET- Nigeria

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

MISSION TO RESCUE- Kenya – WINNER

NOMINESS:

  • OCEAN – Russia
  • JUDAS KISS – Uganda
  • VOICELESS – Nigeria

BEST SHORT FILM

MUM Movie from by Kenechi Oraghalum USA – WINNER

NOMINESS:

  • BROTHERLY Nigeria
  • ARIZONA 1878  Spain
  • CLICHÉ – REFLECTION OF A SILHOUETTE  Denmark

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

MARIA KRISTU: The Buumba story by Paul.S. Wilo (Zambia) – Winner

NOMINESS:

  • NYARA “The Kidnapping” by Ram Ally K (Tanzania)
  • SHUJAA WETU (OUR HERO )  by Tom  Johns (Tanzania)
  • FURROWS  by Julio Mazarico (Spain) 

FEATURE DOCUMENTARY FILM 

GUNS, BOMBS & WAR: A LOVE STORY by Emmanuel Itier  from (USA)  – WINNER

NOMINESS:

  • GOLDEN FISH,AFRICAN FISH   by Thomas Grand, Moussa Diop from  (Senegal) 
  • FREE PLAY  by Ivan Torres (Spanish United Kingdom)

SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILM

HALF-DROWNED  Nnadi Hillary Ikenna (Nigeria) – WINNER

NOMINESS:

  • YABÁ by Rodrigo Sena from (Brazil) 
  • ARCTIC  by Josu Venero, Jesus Mari Lazkano from (Spain)

INDIGENOUS FILM CATEGORY

EFUNSETAN ANIWURA by Joshua Ojo (Nigeria) – WINNER

NOMINESS:

  • ISHI ANYAOCHA by Jhonpaul Nwanganga (Nigeria)
  • THE WIDOW’S SON – HAUSA VERSION  by Willie Workman Oga (Nigeria) 
  • GRAVE   by Adeshina Abiola Paul (Nigeria)
YEMI SOLADE
  • Best actor indigenous film –  YEMI SOLADE – Movie EFUNSETAN – WINNER
CLARION CHUKWURA
  • Best Actress indigenous film CLARION CHUKWURA Movie EFUNSETAN- WINNER
WALE ELESHO
  • Best Supporting Actor indigenous film – WALE  ELESHO- Movie EFUNSETAN–WINNER
JESSICA RAYMOND
  • Best Supporting Actress indigenous film – JESSICA RAYMOND Movie – THE WIDOW’S SON – HAUSA VERSION.  – WINNER

BEST TELECOM COMMERCIAL AWARD


AIRTEL ‘RAINMAKER’ – WINNER

NOMINESS:

  • MTN  ‘Music Time Traffic’
  • AIRTEL ‘Know Your Size  Tailor’

BEST FOOD & BEVERAGES COMMERCIAL AWARD

  • MALTINA – WINNER

NOMINESS:

  • SMOOV

  • Hollandia

BEST SOUNDTRACK COMMERCIAL AWARD

EMZOR ‘PARACETAMOL’ – WINNER

NOMINESS:

  • SMOOV
  • MTN ‘Music Time Traffic’
  • Airtel Know your Size Tailor

WORKPLACE ENVY, JEALOUSY AND RIVALRY

RIVALRY AT WORK

By Prof Hope O’Rukevbe Eghagha

There are times when one’s workplace is akin to a war front. That is, there are always battles to be fought, won or lost. With each loss or victory, enemies are created. It does not matter that the victor was right. Once he wins a battle, he creates enemies. And makes a few friends perhaps. Most of the battles are not necessary. They are often petty. Divisive. Deadly. They are not always strictly in the line of duty. They are not on principles such as what suits the organization best or what approach would be less challenging for the group. The battles emanate from petty jealousy, self-aggrandizement, inflated ego, and envy. Such battles affect both men and women. They are often deadly. They sometimes result in backbiting, planting evil stories, spreading false rumours, backstabbing, gossiping to the Chief Executive, and outright lies against persons. In African countries, sometimes the use of juju and other diabolic means such as enchantment and witchcraft are not ruled out. Ask pastors what their ears hear from adherents!

Sadly, it is not only in workplaces that envy exists. It exists in any group of persons assembled or related for any cause- familial, political, religious or commercial. Sometimes, in a church or mosque, petty jealousy snowballs into a conflagration and people change the location of worship. A pastor or a member becomes casualty sometimes. Faith is undermined. When petty jealousy creeps into church administration, God and His benevolent guiding principles are forgotten by the combatants- they fight to finish. In a family, the man who is the only successful person in life needs divine help to save him from wicked arrows from siblings or cousins. Have you witnessed some deadly intra-family fights resulting from jealousy and greed and small-mindedness? Sometimes it is so bad that even in death enmity continues! Truly, Jesus Christ, the Righteous declared: a man’s foes shall be they of his own household!

Sometimes envy and petty jealousy also creep into relationships among friends. It is often said that twenty friends cannot play together for twenty years! This saying becomes meaningful when you see a friend gradually become an enemy through word and deed. Except you are perceptive, you may not realize the slide or degeneration or transmutation in time. It slips through snippets of statements attributed to supposed friends which filter into your ears through third parties. For example, it was at the wedding ceremony of my son that I realized that one of such fellows, a crafty, wily devil, was a friend no more! Other manifestations followed. But it’s better that one knows his enemies, what the Pentecostals call ‘friendly enemies’ and decide on how to relate with them!

Envy of one for the other is as old as man on earth. It accounts for the first recorded murder on earth if the Bible is our guide. Cain killed his brother Abel. Abel, we are told, had offered a better sacrifice than that of Abel. God accepted Abel’s. Cain’s sacrifice was rejected because it was ill-conceived. In the Abel-Cain case, there was sibling rivalry. And as we know, sibling rivalry still exists in families across the world. It manifests in different ways especially when one or some are more successful in life than others. It is in poor families. It is in rich families. Some siblings have sworn never to set eyes on each other forever! Can you beat that? Children from the same womb? Indeed, that desire to maim, destroy or kill a rival is still very much with man.

In the office, it gets worse as people rise in their career. The top is usually slim. In an organization only one person gets the top job. But before you get there, there are battles. There are many people who could get the plum job. Sometimes, the set criteria point in the direction of one person. In Nigeria, if that person is not from the favoured group, there is no guarantee that they would get the job. As a result, there is intense jostling. For example, where there are five deputy directors, seniority is decided by date of first engagement or promotion. The person who is second in line may have vaulting ambition and may resort to elimination means to clear the path for himself. This could be dangerous. There have been too many mysterious and sudden deaths when there is a struggle for a position.

Sometimes envy arises not from what a target had done or said. It arises from the evil heart of the other man. It is involuntary sometimes. Why you? Why not me? They seem to ask no one in particular. It can also be planned and schemed over a period of time. If we remember that not everyone is happy with our success in life, perhaps we would be more circumspect in revealing plans to so-called associates and friends. In some instances, small-minded friends or associates would simply be interested in embarrassing or maiming you once they think or perceive or see that you are ahead socially and financially. Nollywood Films often depict aspects of envy and jealousy among friends, families and associates. Although often presented in a melodramatic style, the incident of a successful man dying in mysterious circumstances after extended family meetings or a man falling ill just when it is time to climb the final step of the ladder is as common as it is as scary in typical African settings. This by way no way suggest that there are no good friends!

As much as possible, one must be conscious of people around them as they make career growth. Too much disclosure could be deadly. Plans should be kept to oneself. Sharing food or drinking office tea are opportunities for some wicked actions. Our people say that food that has been ingested is difficult to vomit. So, as much as possible, rising persons should be careful of their drinks and food. In extreme cases, rivals, known and unknown, resort to physical elimination. For this reason, travel plans should be kept close to the chest. Above all, prayers of protection are essential in a country as ours in which God is worshipped on Sundays and ignored during the week by millions. When a workplace or church environment becomes toxic, if we can let us move to another branch. If it is in church of course there are laid down principles about inviting the person for a discussion, getting a third party involved and treating the person like a gentile. But a change of environment or avoiding proximity is a practical way of reducing danger.

The final point to be made is that nemesis awaits anyone who schemes evil against an innocent person, whether at the workplace or in the family, in church, mosque or business premises. Sadly, workers in the universities, including some professors, are not excluded from this penchant for destroying people through all kinds of evil schemes, means and shenanigans. Indeed, one professor was once reported to have said to a colleague during a squabble: ‘remember that you have only one child!

In all of this, we all must remember Emerson’s observation, made popular by Thriller Writer James Hadley Chase, that ‘nemesis, is that recoil of nature, never to be guided against, that ever surprises the most wary transgressor! Anybody who destroys another will pay for it ultimately.

PROFESSOR HOPE EHGHAGHA write from the University of Lagos

UNIVERSAL MOVIE AWARDS NOMINEES LIST 2021

BEST PICTURE NOMINEES

VOICELESS (Nigeria)
MISSION TO RESCUE (Kenya)
A DANCE TO FORGET (Nigeria)
HEROES OF AFRICA (Ghana)

BEST ACTOR MALE NOMINEES

JORGE LUIS CASTRO (OCEAN) Russia
ADAM GARUBA (VOICELESS) Nigeria
SEUN AKINDELE (DESPERATE PROPOSAL) Nigeria
BERNARD ADUSE POKU (HEROES OF AFRICA) Ghana

BEST ACTOR FEMALE NOMINEES

UFUOMA MCDERMOTT (MR & MRS OKOLI) Nigeria
LARA LAZARETTI (NOVEMBER) Portuguese Brazil
NANCY ISIME (A DANCE TO FORGET) Nigeria
ASABE MADAKI (VOICELESS) Nigeria

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR MALE NOMINEES

TONY AKPOSHERI ( Mr & Mrs Okoli ) Nigeria
NANJIE RAMESH (BROKEN POT) Cameron
SANI MU’AZU (VOICELESS) Nigeria
FREDERICK LEONARD (VENDETTA ) Nigeria

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR FEMALE NOMINEES

NGOZI EZEONU (A DANCE TO FORGET) Nigeria
YANA IVANOVA (GRAND CANCAN) Russia
REKIYA ATTA (VOICELESS) Nigeria
MA-BI ETONGO CELESTINE (BROKEN POT) Cameroon

BEST DIRECTOR NOMINEES

ROBERT PETERS (VOICELESS) Nigeria
GILBERT LUKALIA (MISSION TO RESCUE) Kenya
FRANK GHARBIN (HEROES OF AFRICA ) Ghana)
MIKHAIL KOSYREV-NESTEROV (OCEAN ) Russia

BEST SCREENPLAY NOMINEES

JENNY AGUNLOYE OKOLIKO (VOICELESS) Nigeria
KOSYREV-NESTEROV (OCEAN) Russia
NAJID ALFRED TOOFE, STANFAME AJALAJA (MR & MRS OKOLI) Nigeria
FRANK GHARBIN (HEROES OF AFRICAN) Ghana

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY NOMINEES

JONATHAN KOVEL ( VOICELESS ) Nigeria
OLEG LUKICHEV (OCEAN) Russia
VINCENT BAFFOUR (HEROES OF AFRICA) Ghana
VICTOR OMBOGO (MISSION TO RESCUE) Kenya

BEST STORY NOMINEES

HEROES OF AFRICA (Ghana)
OCEAN (Russia)
BROKEN POT (Cameroon)
VOICELESS (Nigeria)

BEST CAST DIRECTOR NOMINEES

OCEAN (Russia)
HEROES OF AFRICAN (Ghana)
VOICELESS (Nigeria)
MISSION TO RESCUE (Kenya)

BEST FILM EDIT NOMINEES

VOICELESS (Nigeria)
NOVEMBER (Brazil)
MR & MRS OKOLI (Nigeria)
MISSION TO RESCUE (Kenya)

BEST SOUND NOMINEES

HEROES OF AFRICA (Ghana)
VOICELESS (Nigeria)
MISSION TO RESCUE (Kenya)
NOVEMBER (Brazil)

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN NOMINEES

VEGAS (USA)
VOICELESS (Nigeria)
A DANCE TO FORGET (Nigeria)
OCEAN (Russia)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE NOMINEES

VOICELESS (Nigeria)
A DANCE TO FORGET (Nigeria)
NOVEMBER (Brazil)
DESPERATE PROPOSAL (Nigeria)

BEST ORIGINAL SONG NOMINEES

A DREAM TO FORGET (Nigeria)
OCEAN (Russia)
NOVEMBER (Brazil)
TWISTED (Nigeria)

BEST MAKEUP COSTUME NOMINEES

DESPERATE PROPOSAL (Nigeria)
PIOUS LOVE (Nigeria)
HEROES OF AFRICA (Ghana)
A DANCE TO FORGET (Nigeria)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS NOMINEES

MISSION TO RESCUE (Kenya)
OCEAN (Russia)
JUDAS KISS (Uganda)
VOICELESS (Nigeria)

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM NOMINEES

NYARA “The Kidnapping” by Ram Ally K (Tanzania)
MARIA KRISTU: The Buumba story by Paul.S. Wilo (Zambia)
SHUJAA WETU (OUR HERO ) by Tom Johns (Tanzania)
FURROWS by Julio Mazarico (Spain)

FEATURE DOCUMENTARY FILM NOMINEES

GOLDEN FISH,AFRICAN FISH by Thomas Grand, Moussa Diop from (Senegal)
GUNS, BOMBS & WAR: A LOVE STORY by Emmanuel Itier from (USA)
FREEPLAY by Ivan Torres (Spanish,United Kingdom)

SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILM NOMINEES

YABÁ by Rodrigo Sena (Brazil)
ARCTIC by Josu Venero, Jesus Mari Lazkano from (Spain)
HALF-DROWNED by Nnadi Hillary Ikenna (Nigeria)

INDIGENOUS FILM CATEGORY NOMINEES

EFUNSETAN ANIWURA by Joshua Ojo (Nigeria)
ISHI ANYAOCHA by Jhonpaul Nwanganga (Nigeria)
THE WIDOW’S SON – HAUSA VERSION by Willie Workman Oga (Nigeria)
GRAVE by Adeshina Abiola Paul (Nigeria)

INDIGENOUS FILM ACTOR NOMINEES

YEMI SOLADE (EFUNSETAN)
CLARION CHUKWURA (EFUNSETAN)
WALE ELESHO (EFUNSETAN)
JESSICA RAYMOND (THE WIDOW’S SON – HAUSA)
CHIDIEBERE ANEKE (ISHI ANYAOCHA)

BEST SHORT FILM NOMINEES

MUM by Kenechi Oraghalum (USA)
BROTHERLY by Best Okoduwa (Nigeria)
ARIZONA 1878 by Manuel Jose Olaya MuÑoz (Spain)
CLICHÉ – REFLECTION OF A SILHOUETTE by Jesper Skoubølling (Denmark)

FILM FESTIVALS IN CALIFORNIA UNDER THE CALIFORNIA FILM COMMISSION

The California Film Commission (CFC) is one of several economic development departments within the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development working to attract, retain, and expand business opportunities in California. The CFC supports a production-friendly environment to retain and grow production jobs and economic activity statewide, enhancing California’s position as the leading location for all forms of media content creation nationally and globally.

List of film festivals in State of California USA

48 Hour Film Project, Los Angeles
American Film Institute Film Festival – AFI Fest
American Film Market
Arpa International Film Festival
Artemis Women In Action Film Festival
Benicia Film Festival
Beverly Hills Film Festival
Broadway International Film Festival
Burbank International Film Festival
Calabasas Film Festival
California Independent Film Festival
California’s American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival
Cambria Film Festival
Catalina Film Festival
Cinematografo International Film Festival
Cinequest – San Jose Film Festival
COLCOA French Film Festival
Culver City
DaVinci International Film Festival
DigiFest Temecula
DocLands Documentary Film Festival
DTLA Film Festival
East Bay International Jewish Film Festival
Etheria Film Night
FilmOut San Diego LGBT Film Festival
Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival

Glendale International Film Festival
Golden State Film Festival
Holly Weird Film Festival
HollyShorts Film Festival
Hollywood Film Awards
HorrorHaus Film Festival
Humboldt International Film Festival
Lone Pine Film Festival
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
Los Angeles Crime and Horror Film Festival
Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival
Los Angeles Greek Film Festival
Los Angeles Film Festival
Los Angeles Television Festival
Malibu International Film Festival
Marina del Rey Film Festival
Mendocino Film Festival
Mill Valley Film Festival
Napa Valley Film Festival
New Media Film Festival
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA)
Newport Beach Film Festival
Ojai Film Festival
Outfest
Palm Springs International Film Festival
Pan African Film & Arts Festival
Pasadena International Film Festival
Pioneertown International Film Festival

Sacramento Film & Music Festival
Sacramento French Film Festival
Sacramento International Film Festival
Sacramento Intl Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Sacramento Japanese Film Festival
Sacramento Jewish Film Festival
San Diego Asian Film Festival
San Diego International Film Festival
San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival
San Diego Italian Film Festival
San Diego Latino Film Festival
San Francisco Independent Film Festival
San Francisco International Film Festival
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
San Francisco Silent Film Festival
San Luis Obispo International Film Festival
San Pedro International Film Festival
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Santa Cruz Film Festival
Santa Monica International Film Festival
Silicon Beach Film Festival
Sonoma International Film Festival
Sundial Film Festival
Tahoe Adventure Film Festival
Tahoe Film Festival
Topanga Film Festival
United Nations Association Film Festival
Valley Film Festival

NIGERIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM & TV SUMMIT 2021

The business of film and television is serious business

The theme of the summit is Digital Consumption, Distribution and Disruption: Implications for Film and TV Content Business in Nigeria. The Speakers and Partners – Francis Nebot, Jonathan Wolf Moses Babatope Peace Anyiam-Osigwe – MFR Joy Efe Odiete Sören Bauer Opeyemi Ajayi patrick lee Denis Pagnac Benjamin Budd Olivier PASCAL

Venue: EbonyLife Place Victoria Island Lagos.

Ijeoma Onah the CEO of Nigerian International Film & TV Summit with Award winning Film Director Kingsley Omoefe
Alhaji Adedayo Thomas Executive Director – NFVCB at NiFS Summit 2021

Nigerian International Film & TV Summit   Industry Conversation with National Films and Video Censors Board.

He spoke on the role of the Government in Building Structure and Professionalism in the Nigerian Film Industry and the importance of every practitioner belonging to a Guild irrespective of their other affiliations.

From left. Keppy Ekpenyong, Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, Victor Okhai, Peace Osigwe & Fred Amata
Award winning Film Director Kingsley Omoefe and Hope Obioma Opara (The President / Founder Eko International Film Festival & Universal Movie Awards)
Attendees During the Summit
From left is Omoefe Kingsley, Paul Igwe, Victor Okpala Hope Opara, and Jerry Isichei
Kingsley Omoefe, Hope Opara ,Jerry Isichei and Darlington.
Kingsley Omoefe and Joy Efe Odiete  Managing Director/CEO – Blue Pictures Distribution
Kingsley Omoefe and Fred Amata former President of Directors Guild of Nigeria.

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The Universal Movie Awards is an important platform through which agencies, corporate organizations, film industry practitioners, and enthusiasts can engage with filmmakers all over the world

The mission of Universal Movie Awards is: “The Celebration of Professional Excellence in the Global Film/Television Industry

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CRISTIANO RONALDO CR7 THE LEGEND, WORLD CLASS, THE REAL GOAT

Cristiano Ronaldo CR7 “The Greatest of all time”

The man Cristiano Ronaldo CR7…… Legend, world class , REAL GOAT and record breaker for overall goals on the International level with 111 goals after a brace last night against Ireland.

This guy has never played for my team Chelsea but I love him. The  most hardworking player that I have ever known. At 36 years old CR7 has the body of a 21 year old. He will sure give Manchester United another good 3 years IF he continues to manage his body and fitness level well. Undoubtedly and unarguably the greatest player of all time having plied his trade with Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus and now Manchester United again.

This football star isn’t done yet. At 36 years he has signed for Manchester United for the 2021/22 season. That is ambition. I am so happy to witness the growth of this gentleman from Lisbon till date. CONGRATULATIONS to CRISTIANO RONALDO DOS SANTOS AVEIRO !!!!!!……Khallyzo De Centurion is a die hard , unapologetic Chelsea faithful and proud supporter of Chelsea Nigeria.

Courtesy  Khallyzo De Centurion