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Native Filmworks Announces ‘A Place within the Stars’

Chike Maduegbuna, Steve Gukas, Mahmood Ali-Balogun and Tony Abulu

Chike Maduegbuna, Steve Gukas, Mahmood Ali-Balogun and Tony Abulu

Native Filmworks Limited, one of Nigeria’s pioneer Film & TV Company and Producers of narrative feature, A Place in the Stars, hosted an Industry Announcement to unveil its first feature film on Wednesday, 20th August 2014 at Freedom Park, Old Prison Ground – Broad Street, Lagos Island, Lagos State.

Directed and produced by respected film maker, Steve Gukas, A Place in the Stars is a riveting account of drug trafficking; it focuses on how fake and adulterated medical drugs are being traded for billions of dollars – dangerous men willing to kill to protect this money and a young man with a nagging conscience sworn to get rich or die trying in a very corrupt country. How far is he willing to go?

A Place in the Stars features some of the best actors in Nigeria and international; the likes of award winning actor, Segun Arinze who is often identified for playing the role of a villain. Also starring in the movie are, Gideon Eche-Okeke, Dejumo Lewis, Yemi Blaq, Femi Branch, Matilda Obaseki, Julian Mcdowell, Armajit Deu and Amaka Mgbor.

At the event, guests were priviledged to watch the first official movie trailer with exclusive behind-the-scene snippets into the storyline and recorded video conversations from key crew members such as the Producer/Director, Steve Gukas; the Music Composer, George Kallis and others.

Mahmood Ali-Balogun, Chike Maduegbuna, Seyi Siwoku, Toyin Akinosho, Jahman Anikulapo, Bola Bello, Yinka Edward, Makin Soyinka, Dotun Olakunrin are some of the film and media experts at the event. Other notable guests include; Wale Ojo, Gideon Okeke, Yemi Blaq, Segun Arinze, Audu Maikori, Jeremiah Gyang, Lydia Idakula and many more.

A Place in the Stars is scheduled to Premiere in – Lagos/Abuja, South Africa, Kenya and in the West – London & New York/Houston Texas.

Steve Gukas (Director and Producer, A Place in the Stars)

Steve Gukas (Director and Producer, A Place in the Stars)

Gideon Okeke

Gideon Okeke

Segun Arinze

Segun Arinze

Yemi Blaq

Yemi Blaq

Wale Ojo

Wale Ojo

Afolabi Adesanya

Afolabi Adesanya

Tony Abulu

Tony Abulu

Audu Maikori

Audu Maikori

Osegba Cokerson

Osegba Cokerson

Sufi Alhassan

Sufi Alhassan

Tope Tedela

Tope Tedela

Omoye Uzamere

Omoye Uzamere

Lydia Idakula

Lydia Idakula

Loise Isan

Loise Isan

Oluchi Huomuo

Oluchi Huomuo

Lady Kara

Lady Kara

Steve Gukas and Femi Odugbemi

Steve Gukas and Femi Odugbemi

Wale Ojo and Mahmood Ali-Balogun

Wale Ojo and Mahmood Ali-Balogun

Chike and Jane Maduegbuna

Chike and Jane Maduegbuna

Jahman Anikulapo, Segun Arinze, Steve Gukas and Gideon Okeke

Jahman Anikulapo, Segun Arinze, Steve Gukas and Gideon Okeke

Toyin Akinoso, Steve Gukas, and Kufre Ekanem (Corporate Affairs Adviser, Nigerian Breweries Plc.)

Toyin Akinoso, Steve Gukas, and Kufre Ekanem (Corporate Affairs Adviser, Nigerian Breweries Plc.)

Segun Arinze, Steve Gukas, Wale Ojo, Gideon Okeke, and Alex Mouth

Segun Arinze, Steve Gukas, Wale Ojo, Gideon Okeke, and Alex Mouth

Gideon Okeke and Steve Gukas

Gideon Okeke and Steve Gukas

Gideon Okeke and Lady Kara

Gideon Okeke and Lady Kara

Gideon Okeke and Tope Tedela

Gideon Okeke and Tope Tedela

Raymond Okeke, Gideon Okeke, Seyi Siwoku, Segun Arinze, and Bola Bello

Raymond Okeke, Gideon Okeke, Seyi Siwoku, Segun Arinze, and Bola Bello

Seyi Siwoku of Jungle Filmworks

Seyi Siwoku of Jungle Filmworks

 Segun Arinze

Segun Arinze

Femi Odugbemi

Femi Odugbemi

Overview of guests at the indusry announcement

Overview of guests at the indusry announcement

Mahmood Ali-Balogun

Mahmood Ali-Balogun

Gideon Okeke

Gideon Okeke

Gideon Okeke and Jeremiah Gyang

Gideon Okeke and Jeremiah Gyang

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Watch: Trailer for ‘A Place within the Stars’

A Place In The Stars (Official Poster)A Place in The Stars is the highly anticipated drama/thriller, which was directed and produced by Steve Gukas (Keeping Faith, Katanga). It stars Gideon Okeke, Dejumo Lewis, Segun Arinze, and Matilda Obaseki. It was written by Ita Hozaife and J.K Amalo. It will be released in last quarter of 2014.

Synopsis

Kim Dakim (Gideon Okeke), a young lawyer gets a client with a case that leaves him conflicted. He has information that can save many lives if he passes it on, but he also stands to make millions of dollars if he doesn’t. In a very corrupt country, where everyone loves money and no one cares how you make it, Kim sees this as his chance to make it big. Problem is Diokpa Okonkwo (Segun Arinze) the kingpin of the counterfeit medical drugs trade who his case is against, doesn’t play nice. He kills at will to protect his multi million dollar trade and is not pulling punches against Kim and his client. Suddenly, Kim is at war on two fronts; one to stay alive and the other against his conscience and everything he has been raised to believe is right.

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Nollywood Studies Centre Holds Conference on Distribution

SMC-PAU (0)There is a need for “a proper balancing of certain critical factors in the process of structuring and designing the most suitable framework for film distribution with appropriate intermediaries and trained operatives to sell the film products in a socially responsible manner while pursuing profit motives.” This was stated by Ms. Patricia Bala, the Director General of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), while speaking at the ‘Distribution in the Nigerian Film Industry’ conference. The conference was organised by the School of Media and Communication’s Nollywood Studies Centre and took place on the 26th and 27th of June, 2014.

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Ms. Bala, who gave the keynote address on the first day of the conference, noted the vital role that distribution plays in “smoothening the flow of movies from filmmakers to consumers as it involves the process of making films/videos available for use or consumption by the final consumer.” Hence the importance of having in place “an efficient and effective distribution system.” This, she however went on to add, is lacking in the Nigerian film industry, which has a deficient distribution structure.

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A good part of the problem, the NFVCB Director General indicated, can be traced to the informal character of much of the industry’s distribution system. She nevertheless added that it is more worrisome “that the noticeable weaknesses [of the system] are direct consequences of lack of experience, gaps in professional staffing, shortage of credible and legitimate outlets, which is a huge shortcoming that fans piracy, as well as the limited capacity to nurture relationships and the distribution footprints needed to reach audiences.” These weaknesses have led to huge financial losses for many of those that have ventured into the filmmaking business.

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Ms. Bala went on to stress the need for greater synergy among all the stakeholders in the film/video distribution sector in Nigeria to promote a value-chain that takes into account the public interest…never sacrificing the greater good and societal wellbeing while keeping abreast of ever shifting dynamics of the operating environment.” She stressed the commitment of the NFVCB towards “creating the enabling environment for the industry to continue to flourish and blossom, contributing to the nation’s GDP to the benefit of all.”

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The NFVCB Director General welcomed both the establishment of the Nollywood Studies Centre and the organisation of the conference itself. According to her, “the Nollywood Centre and this derivative conference on movie distribution are, no doubt, an unequivocal expression of a growing appreciation that movies matter and, in the specific context, this conference shows an awareness of the centrality of distribution in this dynamic industry.”

Earlier, in his introduction to the conference, the Director of the Nollywood Studies Centre (NSC), Dr. Ikechukwu Obiaya, explained that the decision to hold the conference was motivated by what the NSC was established to do. According to him, the NSC was set up to promote the study of the industry and to contribute to its development. Given the importance of distribution and the fact that it is key to the growth of the industry, it was only logical, he said, that the first conference of the NSC be centred on the topic. However, he noted that the goal of the conference was not merely to have another talk shop. Rather, it was hoped that the conference would serve to map the already existing solutions to the problems of distribution and to identify new possibilities. The mix of academics, industry practitioners, financiers and representatives of government agencies, Dr. Obiaya said, was indicative of what the conference organisers hoped to achieve.

Also speaking, the Dean of the School of Media and Communication, Prof. Emevwo Biakolo, in his welcome address, emphasised the importance of the conference. Everyone, Prof. Biakolo said, is aware that film production has escalated in the country, but one needs to question what has happened with distribution, which has not succeeded in getting off the ground. He went on to say that the conference would have to respond to questions such as whether the present distribution model was working and whether it is leading to consumer satisfaction. An additional importance of the conference, the Dean said, lay in the fact that it would facilitate the gathering of data and promote the further research.

The conference was then declared open by the Vice Chancellor of the Pan-Atlantic University, Prof. Juan Elegido. Prof. Elegido expressed his pleasure at the conference, noting that it fit into the tradition of the University, which strives to maintain a lively connection with industry. The subject matter of the conference, he said, was of special interest since distribution is a key concern for every industry. Distribution, he noted, is the real arena for competitive action.

Various papers from industry practitioners and academics were presented during the conference. The National Copyrights Commission (NCC) was also represented in the person of Barrister Chris Nkwocha, the Zonal Director of the NCC’s Lagos office. The event ended with a cocktail a raffle draw. The main prize for the raffle draw was donated by Microsoft, one of the main sponsors of the event.

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Omoni Oboli Releases Official Poster for Directorial Debut, ‘Being Mrs Elliot’

Being Mrs ElliotNollywood star, Omoni Oboli, has released the official poster for her directorial debut, Being Mrs Elliot. The movie was shot last year in Lagos, Ekiti, and Asaba. It stars Omoni Oboli, Majid Michel, and Ayo Richard Makun (aka AY). Also in the movie are Seun Akindele, Uru Eke, and Bose Ogbunboye (aka Lepacious Bose).

Being Mrs Elliot was premiered at June 5, 2014 in Paris, at the NollywoodWeek Paris film festival. It was the opening movie of the festival. It is scheduled to be theatrical release in Nigeria in August 2014.

Synopsis

Two women, in a simple twist of fate, find their worlds colliding with each other and their lives turned upside down as they meet two men who are on a different path in life. In a maze of deception, lust, pain and jealousy, they try to make sense of finding love in unusual places

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Demand Oscars Submission As Nollywood Eyes The Coveted ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ Prize

Individual templateThe Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee is delighted to announce that it is now accepting submissions for its inaugural selection edition (from 16th June 2014 – 16th July 2014). In line with our commitment to screening the finest and boldest Nigerian cinema, the committee accepts films of all lengths and genres.

 1. ELIGIBILITY

  1. NOSC accepts motion pictures from Nigerian filmmakers living in Nigeria and Diaspora whose films relate to Nigeria.
  2. The recording of the original dialogue track as well as the completed picture must be predominantly in a language or languages other than English. Please note that Pidgin English is also considered as a foreign language. Accurate English subtitles are required.
  3. The motion picture must be first released in Nigeria no earlier than October 1, 2013 and no later than September 30, 2014

2. GUIDELINES

  1. Films that have previously screened publicly in Nigeria, aired on television prior to the selection, are available for purchase on DVD in Nigeria, or are available for continuous online viewing in their entirety are NOT eligible.
  2. Films must be submitted on DVD and must be clearly watermarked with: Preview Copy. Do not send film prints, master tapes, or other originals.
  3. Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.
  4. Entrant will allow usage of clips from the film for promotional use on television, radio, in print, and at live Festival events.
  5. Works in Progress: While entrants are permitted to submit films that are not fully complete (i.e., without final colour correction and sound mixing), please note that the programming committee will only consider the version submitted; subsequent cuts or replacement copies will only be accepted at the request of the programming committee.
  6. Only complete entries (including entry form, and preview DVD screener) will be processed.
  7. Please submit a typed or clearly printed entry form or a copy of the online form receipt along with the submission. The Nigerian Oscar Selection Committee is not responsible for incorrect wording in publications or on awards if the entry form is incorrect or illegible.
  8. Productions in the following exhibition formats are eligible for screening: 35mm, DCP, HDCAM, DigiBeta, and Blu-ray Disc.

3. DEADLINES
Eligible entries must reach the office of the Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee on or before 16th July, 2014.

Submissions can be done by post to the following address:

House 2, Block 101, Plot 8,

Furo Ezimora Street,

Lekki Residential Scheme, Phase 1,

Lagos, Nigeria.

4. SELECTION CRITERIA
The Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee (NOSC) focuses on choosing high quality films from Nigeria. All eligible submissions will be reviewed and selected based on the quality of the film’s narrative and its production values.

Please note that, NOSC will only inform you if your film meets the criteria and is among the films in consideration by the committee.

The Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee (NOSC) will endeavour to complete all selection procedures by 1 September, 2014 and Nigeria’s officially selected film for the Best Foreign Language Film  at the Academy Awards will receive be announced on a gala night shortly after.

For more information and enquiries, visit www.nigerianoscarselection.org or e-mail info@nigeriaoscarselection.org.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

L-R: Vchangelo Bullock (Managing Director, Outreach & Strategy initiative), Chineze Anyaene (Chairperson, NOSC), Meredith Shae (Award Cordinator), and Tom Oyer (Awards Cordinator)

L-R: Vchangelo Bullock (Managing Director, Outreach & Strategy initiative), Chineze Anyaene (Chairperson, NOSC), Meredith Shae (Award Cordinator), and Tom Oyer (Awards Cordinator)

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Ndani TV Releases New Character Posters for Season 2 of ‘Gidi Up’

Gidi Up (1) - GroupNew character posters have been released for the second season of the Ndani TV series, Gidi Up, which will premiere on Saturday, July 21, 2014. The series will air on national television, although the TV stations on which it will be aired are yet to be made known. It will be available online from Monday, June 23, 2014.

The second season of the series stars Deyemi Okanlawon, OC Ukeje, Somkele Iyamah, Anthony Monjaro, Daniel Etim Effiong, Adesua Etomi, and Titilope Sonuga. Also appearing in the series this season are Bimbo Manuel, Ekpenyong Bassey Inyang, Jide Kosoko, and Iretiola Doyle.

Deyemi Okanlawon as Tokunbo

Deyemi Okanlawon as Tokunbo

OC Ukeje as Obi

OC Ukeje as Obi

Somkele Iyamah as Yvonne

Somkele Iyamah as Yvonne

Anthony Monjaro as Meka

Anthony Monjaro as Meka

Daniel Etim Effiong as Folarin

Daniel Etim Effiong as Folarin

Adesua Etomi as Sharon

Adesua Etomi as Sharon

Titilope Sonuga as Eki

Titilope Sonuga as Eki

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Prince David Osei, Roxana Zachos, Star in ‘Nana Means King’

Nana Means KingNana Means King is a drama about a betrayed Ghanaian working illegally in the UK, who finds himself on a quest, not only to survive, but to re-envision a life beyond his own shattered dreams. It was directed by Nana Obiri Yeboah, and it stars Prince David Osei, Roxana Zachos, and Richard Armah. It was written by Jeff Wood and Lucy DeLaat, who are both Canadian. Preparations are currently in top gear for its theatrical release.

Plot Summary

After losing everything to betrayal, Nana Kwame, a Ghanaian illegal immigrant working in the UK, finds himself launched on a personal odyssey of self-discovery. Stripped of nearly all material possession, a place to live, and even his dreams of glory, Kwame must now find his way through the unfamiliar terrain of the displaced and invisible. It is in this hour of darkness that his life takes an unexpected turn. When he is most vulnerable, Kwame finds beauty and love growing in the concrete wasteland. Though the mirror that is Shauna, he quickly realises that the past can be a prison we create for our own minds. It is only by helping to free Shauna from her prison that Kwame is eventually freed from his own.


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Ndani Shorts Debuts With ‘Frost Bite’

Frost BiteNdani Shorts is a series of short films, which the online television platform, Ndani TV, will be putting out quarterly. The idea behind Ndani Shorts is to inspire, motivate and show the reality of life in contemporary Africa, and this will be seen in the series of short films, which will be put out.

The premiere film in the series is titled Frost Bite. It is a heartwarming story of a passionate love and it’s journey through the actuality of the real world. It was produced and directed by Seun Ajayi. It stars Folu Ogunkeye and Felix Jnr Omokhoidon.


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The 11th Abuja International Film Festival Requires Entries

Abuja International Film FestivalThe 11th Abuja International Film Festival (AIFF), the largest and longest running Independent film festival in Anglophone West Africa is scheduled to take place from 23rd to 26th September 2014 at the Prestigious Silverbird Cinemas Abuja, Nigeria.

It will feature the screening of over 60 cutting-edge films from around the world with a special focus on films from the Nigerian Movie Industry called Nollywood and Africa. The festival hosts a competition and out of competition film components respectively.

The Abuja film festival will also presents screenings in schools where cinemas are non-existent.

The festival considers films completed between 2011 and 2013, and there is no charge for entry. All submissions must be entered via the filling of the entry form online at www.abujafilmfestng.org. The deadline for all entries, including receipt of samples, is 15th of July 2014 for all film entries. Entries are accepted in Features, Shorts, Documentaries, Experimental.

The extensive seminar, panel discussions and master-class workshop programme featuring local and international filmmakers and industry professionals will hold simultaneously with the daily screening of films.

Abuja Film Festival has a Competition and Non Competitive Category. The competitive category has awards for the winners.

For more information email info@abujafilmfestng.org. Follow the festival on twitter: @AbujaFilmFest

SEND 2 DVD COPIES TO: FESTIVAL DIRECTOR, ABUJA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, 85 ST FINBARRS ROAD, AKOKA, YABA; OR P.O BOX 365, SABO, YABA LAGOS, NIGERIA.

The festival is supported by the Federal Capital Territory Authority Arts & Culture Council, National Film and Video Censors Board, Nigerian Film Corporation, Nigerian Television Authority, National Broadcasting Commission, Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Ministry of Information.

For media enquiries contact : info@abujafilmfestng.org +234 – 08120661930, 08023260448


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Kunle Afolayan Holds Private Screening for ‘October 1′

Tunde Kelani, Kunle Afolayan, Francois Sastourne, Bolanle Austen-Peters, Mahmood Balogun, and Sadiq Daba

Tunde Kelani, Kunle Afolayan, Francois Sastourne, Bolanle Austen-Peters, Mahmood Balogun, and Sadiq Daba

Award-winning film director, Kunle Afolayan, held a private screening of his new movie, October 1, for potential sponsors, last Sunday (May 18, 2014). The screening was held at the Intercontinental, Victoria Island, Lagos. Some of those who were at the screening are Mr. Waheed Olagunju (ED, Bank of Industry), Segun Awolowo (CEO, Nigerian Export Promotion Council), Akin Salami (CEO, OHTV), Mo Abudu (CEO, EbonyLife TV), Francois Sastourne (Consul General of France), Mokgethi Monaisa (Consul General of South Africa), Akin Salami and many more.

Following the private screening of the movie, Kunle Afolayan’s mentor, veteran filmmaker, Tunde Kelani, declared the movie to be a courageous and visionary thriller. He also said that Kunle Afolayan had raised the bar of the quality and standard of Nigerian films to international level.

In an interview with NET, Kunle Afolayan stated categorically that there has never been any film like October 1 in Nigeria, and even in world cinema. In the same interview, he stated that the film is over 2 hours long, and it does not have a single boring moment.

October 1 is a psychological thriller, set on the verge of Nigeria’s independence in 1960. It tells the story of a police detective in Northern Nigeria, who is dispatched to a trading post in Western Nigeria, to solve a series of horrific murders. It stars Sadiq Daba, Kehinde Bankole, Kayode Olaiya, Nick Rhys, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, Kunle Afolayan, and Demola Adedoyin. It should be released in Nigerian cinemas in June.

Tunde Kelani, Kunle Afolayan, Francois Sastourne, Bolanle Austen-Peters, Mahmood Balogun, and Sadiq Daba

Tunde Kelani, Kunle Afolayan, Francois Sastourne, Bolanle Austen-Peters, Mahmood Balogun, and Sadiq Daba

Remi Okunlola, a guest, Bolanle Austen-Peters, Kunle Afolayan, and Akin Salami

Remi Okunlola, a guest, Bolanle Austen-Peters, Kunle Afolayan, and Akin Salami

Demola Adedoyin, Deola Sagoe, Kunle Afolayan, Kehinde Bankole, and Sadiq Daba

Demola Adedoyin, Deola Sagoe, Kunle Afolayan, Kehinde Bankole, and Sadiq Daba

Mahmood Balogun, Kunle Afolayan, Sadiq Daba, and Tunde Kelani

Mahmood Balogun, Kunle Afolayan, Sadiq Daba, and Tunde Kelani

Francois Sastourne and Mokgethi Monaisa

Francois Sastourne (left) with Mokgethi Monaisa and his wife

Deola Sagoe, Kunle Afolayan, and Mo Abudu

Deola Sagoe, Kunle Afolayan, and Mo Abudu

Kunle Afolayan, Waheed Olagunju, and Segun Awolowo

Kunle Afolayan, Waheed Olagunju, and Segun Awolowo

Richard Mofe-Damijo and Kunle Afolayan

Richard Mofe-Damijo and Kunle Afolayan

Remi Okunlola (right) and another guest

Remi Okunlola (right) and another guest


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