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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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Omoni Oboli’s ‘Being Mrs Elliot’ to Open NollywoodWeek Paris

Uru Eke and Omoni Oboli

Uru Eke and Omoni Oboli on the set of Being Mrs Elliot

Omoni Oboli’s directorial debut, Being Mrs Elliot, will be the opening film of the second edition of NollywoodWeek Paris. The film festival will take place in Paris at the l’Arlequin Theatre, between the Latin Quarter and Montparnarsse.  It will run from Thursday June 5th to Sunday June 8th 2014 .

Omoni Oboli’s directorial debut, which opens the festival, was shot in 2013. It stars Majid Michel, Ayo Makun (aka AY), and Omoni Oboli herself. Also in the movie are Seun Akindele, Uru Eke, and Bose Ogbunboye (aka Lepacious Bose).

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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Teaser for Ose Oyamendan’s ‘Hope Derailed’ Released

Ose Oyamendan

Ose Oyamendan

Hope Derailed is a feature documentary about the political crisis that ravaged Nigeria in the 1990s. It’s the story of an election won and annulled, a president-elect who was jailed and eventually died in prison, a dictator who held Nigeria hostage and a world that chose oil over the human rights of a people. It’s the story of Bashorun M.K.O. Abiola; a cluster of Generals with revolving and revolting agendas and a country that has yet to recover from a hope that was fatally crushed.

The documentary features the story of the era from the mouths of those actively involved in it – from the victims to the oppressed and to the guilty bystanders. The documentary features former presidents, foreign leaders, top diplomats, politicians, journalists, activists and aides and family members of Abiola. Some of the personalities include General Ibrahim Babangida, the President who annulled the elections; Ambassador Tom Pickering; the US top diplomat who witnessed Abiola’s death; General Jeremiah Useni; Abacha’s best friend and the last person to see the dictator alive; Senator Arthur Nzeribe, the politician whose suit led to the annulment; President Olusegun Obasanjo, Retired Generals, Abiola’s old schoolmate and controversial figure during the crisis; Kola Abiola, Abiola’s eldest son and Rt. Hon. Peter Hain, Britain’s former minister for Africa.

The film is produced and directed by Ose Oyamendan, a graduate of the prestigious film program at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles and a Hollywood-based, Nigerian-American filmmaker.


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The 4th Africa International Film Festival Demands Entries

Africa International Film FestivalThe 4th Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF), a platform that seeks to give expression to African cinema by recognizing and rewarding excellence in the industry, will hold its 4th edition between the 9th and 16th of November 2014 in Tinapa, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria.

Eligible films must have been produced after January 1, 2013 and preference will be given to films which are yet to be screened globally or in Africa. Categories for entry include Feature, Short, Documentary and Animation, with monetary award prizes ranging from $3000 – $6000.

If you wish to have your film considered for the 4th Africa International Film Festival, please include a DVD copy of the film, plus a synopsis and/or press kit as soon as possible. We also require you to complete our entry submission form.

Deadline for receipt of entry submission forms and screeners:

Short films (40 minutes or less) – 13 June 2014

Feature length films (more than 40 minutes) – 30 June 2014

Please ensure you have read through our rules and regulations before submitting a film for our consideration.

GUIDELINES

Deadline: June 30th, 2014

Late entry deadline: July 24th, 2014

Submission Guidelines

Each entry must be accompanied by a completed entry form. Entries must be submitted on DVD (any region). Foreign language work must be dubbed or subtitled in English. Please include a concise synopsis of your film. Please do not send press kits or any other print materials until they are requested by the festival staff.

Shipping

Cost of shipping is the responsibility of the entrant. DVDs must be sent to the festival prepaid. C.O.D.’S will be refused. All Tapes/DVDs must be labeled with the title of the entry, running time, and the name of the director. The festival cannot accept responsibility for damage or loss of materials while in transit.

Mail entries to:

AFRICA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

5th Floor, Ibukun House,

Plot 1637, Adetokunbo Ademola Street,

Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.

Selection and Notification

All entries will be viewed by the selection committee. The Festival will make no cuts or changes. Festival selections will be announced in September, 2013. All entrants will be notified by email. Selected films will also be posted on our website. The festival does not pay rental fees for submitted works in competition.

Awards

The festival jury and special guests will present awards to films selected as best in their category, at the festival awards ceremony in November.

Return of Submission Tapes

We strongly encourage you to only send materials you do not wish to have returned, it’s cheaper and easier for all involved. Please do not send us masters, originals, your only copy, etc. Videos will not be returned unless requested, . AFRICA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL cannot accept responsibility for lost or damaged tapes. Any questions? Please e-mail us at info@africafilmfest.com.

Categories and Awards

The Africa International Film Festival traditionally awards monetary prizes in the following categories:

1. Best Feature Film – $6000

2. Best Authentic Nigerian Feature – $2000

3. Best Actor – $2000

4. Best Actress – $2000

5. Best Director – $2000

6. Best Screenplay – $2000

7. Best Documentary – $5000

8. Best Short – $3000

9. Best Student Short – $2000

10. Best Animation – $3000

11. Jury Special for Outstanding Film -$2000

12. Audience Choice – $1000


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