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By Shaibu Husseini

May 29, 2022 | 1h42

The 2022 edition of the Nollywood Travel Film Festival (NTFF), which kicked off on Thursday, May 26 in Athens, Greece, comes to an end today with a closing film – Moses Iwang’s Lockdown.

The Nollywood Travel Film Festival 2022 ends today in Athens, Greece
The 2022 edition of the Nollywood Travel Film Festival (NTFF), which kicked off on Thursday, May 26 in Athens, Greece, comes to an end today with a closing film – Moses Iwang’s Lockdown. The festival opened on Thursday with Bolanle Austen-Peters’ Collision Course, which tells the story of how the worlds of a law enforcement officer and a budding musician collide. It stars Chioma Chukwuka Akpotha, Ade Laoye, Kenneth Okolie, Daniel Etim Effiong, Bimbo Manuel, Kalu Ikeagwu and Nobert Young. This edition was themed: Discover Nollywood and it was held in partnership and with the support of the Nigerian Embassy in Greece and some Nollywood guilds and associations including the Film Producers Association (AMP) and the Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN). NTFF Founder Mykel Parish Ajaere told the crowded NTFF opening ceremony that the festival aims to share Nollywood’s journey with the world while providing the platform to change the African narrative through film and to foster relations with developed countries.

Four films featured in this festival regime – Collision Course, Lockdown, Kunle Afolayan’s award-winning feature Citation and Paul Apel Papel’s award-winning feature Eagle Wings. Founded in 2016, the NTFF is renowned as Nigeria’s largest and most important travel film festival. It hosts Nollywood film screenings in cities around the world and has so far been held in cities including Berlin, New York, Glasgow, Helsinki, Peru, Toronto, and Amsterdam. Ajaere, who hinted that the festival will travel to Asia next year, said the NTFF is an initiative that aims to promote the films of Nigerians living across the world to new and existing global audiences in the world. aim of creating new marketplaces for Nigerian cinema.

The list of Cannes Un Certain Regard awards is ready
Focused on films of art and artistic audacity, the Un Certain Regard 2022 competition presented 20 films, including seven first feature films. At the end of the competition, Les Pires directed by Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret received the first Un Certain Regard prize. Joyland, directed by Saim Sadiq, won the Jury Prize, while Best Director went to Alexandru Belc for Metronom. The prize for best interpretation was awarded jointly to Vicky Krieps for Corsage and Adam BESSA in Harka. The screenplay award went to Mediterranean Fever directed by Maha Haj, while the Coup de Coeur award went to Rodeo directed by Lola Quivoron.

The 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival opened on May 17 in Cannes, in the south of France. A moving ceremony, outward-looking, with conscience, and speeches that will resonate throughout the 12-day event, such as that delivered by Vincent Lindon, President of the Feature Film Jury, the festival closed on May 28 with an award ceremony, broadcast live on France 2 and internationally on Brut. The screening of the film that won the Palme d’or awarded by the Jury continued in the Auditorium of the Grand Théâtre Lumière. The Cannes film festival has over the years become an amazing platform to watch and find great new films.

Durban Film Mart Registration Begins
The annual Durban FilmMart (DFM) will return for its 13th edition under the theme Revolution/Evolution – Changing the Narrative from July 22-31, 2022. Still in the spirit of embracing the digital shift, this year’s hybrid event will will continue online while presenting a three-day in-person industry event from July 22-24, 2022. Organizers say they are taking the next step by offering an in-depth and dynamic program to the widest possible film community by hosting both an online and physical event. However, the 13th DFM program will focus on the ever-changing evolution within the industry, game changers working to bring inclusivity and access to all levels of filmmakers, and new spaces fostering creation of content.

With Africa and the African Diaspora at the heart of the industry agenda, mainstream film professionals, established, emerging and alternative independent filmmakers who continue to shape new directions with their work will present masterclasses, panel discussions and dating sessions. Other programs include a Pitch and Funding Forum which showcases a selection of 40 projects in development for presentation to a panel of decision makers, the DFM Content Store – a digital curation of salable-ready projects and Durban Docs which is open to documentary filmmakers, organizations and initiatives showcasing the process of creating documentary films.

Other programs are Talent Conferences in Durban where filmmakers from across the continent highlight their storytelling journeys and the Durban Content and Co-Production Market where professionals share notes on exciting developments and digital opportunities in the areas of sales, distribution and festival strategy. Diversity, inclusiveness and access are central to the philosophy of the Durban Filmmart Institution, as evidenced by sessions on queer representation, women in film, the economically marginalized, Africa in the Diaspora, South-North relations and South-South partnerships. .

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