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By Shaibu Husseini
25 April 2021   |   2:54 am
Organizers of the yearly NollywoodWeek Film Festival (NWFF) in Paris have announced dates and released a line-up of films and activities for this year’s festival, which will be held virtually

Nollywood Week Film Festival In Paris, Announces Line-Up For Virtual Edition


Organizers of the yearly NollywoodWeek Film Festival (NWFF) in Paris have announced dates and released a line-up of films and activities for this year’s festival, which will be held virtually. This edition holds from May 6 to 9, 2021 and it will screen feature narratives, shorts, and animations as well as panel discussions, networking sessions, masterclasses, and special screenings.

The opening night film for this virtual edition is titled, Lockdown, as directed by Moses Iwang. There is a spotlight on a full-length animated feature from Nigeria titled, Ladybuckit and the Motley Mopster. Adebisi Adetayo signed the animation as producer. It will be the first time that a full-length animation film from Nigeria will be screened at the festival. The other films set for screening include Ekene Mekwunya’s One Lagos Night, Imoh Umoren’s The Herbert Mcaulaey Affair, Damilola Orimogunje’s For Maria Ebun Pataki and Kayode Kasum’s Ponzi. Also on the line-up is Judith Audu’s The Session and Teniola Olatoni Ojigbede’s The New Normal.

The NWFF, which started nine years ago as a Paris domiciled Nigerian Film Festival, suffered a cancellation last year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The NWFF has from inception been committed to diversity in film. In previous years, the festival showcased the work of eminent Nigerian actors and directors such as Kunle Afolayan, Niyi Akinmolayan, Ramsey Nouah, Omoni Oboli, Tope Oshin, Kemi Adetiba, Rita Dominic, Moses Inwang, and many more to an audience of over 30,000 movie-goers over the years. The festival, which was launched in 2013, runs on a yearly basis. It was created in order to provide a platform for quality Nigerian cinema in the French market. Over the years, the festival has enjoyed the support of major French companies such as Total and Air France and Angénieux as well as major Nigerian companies such as UBA and the Africa Movie Channel. Information on the festival can be sourced at

AMAA 2021 Call For Submission Still Open
The organisers of the Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) have called for submissions of entries for the 2021 edition of the reward scheme. According to a statement from the awarding body, the submission period is on till July 31, 2021. However, the deadline for early submissions is scheduled for May 31, 2021, while the deadline for late entry is July 31, 2021.

The organisers also stated that the nominations would be announced on September 30, 2021, while the event will now hold in November 2021. Africa Movie Academy Awards, popularly known as AMAA and The AMA Awards, are presented yearly to recognise the excellence of professionals in the film industry. Peace Anyiam-Osigwe founded it. The awards are aimed at honouring and promoting excellence in the African movie industry and Africans in the Diaspora as well as uniting the Africans from across the globe through arts and culture. Numerous media representatives, celebrities, politicians, journalists, actresses, and actors from across the world attend the award presentation. The AMA awards are widely considered to be Africa’s most important film even and the most prestigious film award in for people of African descent. More information can be sourced from