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By Shaibu Husseini
02 October 2022   |   2:30 am
Dublin, Ireland leg of the foremost travelling festival — Nollywood Travel Film Festival — opened at the Sugar Club, yesterday. Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Mykel Parish Ajaere, in a conversation, stated that the festival ...

NTFF Founder Mykel Parish and Greece Ambassador to Nigeria Yannis Plotas

Travel Film Festival Opens In Dublin
Dublin, Ireland leg of the foremost travelling festival — Nollywood Travel Film Festival — opened at the Sugar Club, yesterday. Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Mykel Parish Ajaere, in a conversation, stated that the festival would be screening Paul Papel Apel award winning film, Eagle Wings and Moses Iwang’s critically acclaimed film, Bad Comment. Ajaere also disclosed that the festival would feature Oba Kosi Nwoba’s short film, Umoja. The NTFF, which is Nigeria’s biggest and foremost travel film festival, hosts’ screenings of Nollywood films in cities around the world. It is an initiative that seeks to promote films by Nigerians living all over the world to new and existing global audiences with the aim of creating new market places for Nigerian cinema. Information on the festival can be sourced at info@nollywoodtravelfestival.

Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival Announces Line-Up
ORGANISERS of 59th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival have announced the lineup for National Feature Film Competition of the festival, which is scheduled to hold between October 1 and 8, 2022. Ten films selected were unveiled. The festival will be hosted by the Antalya Metropolitan Municipality with the support of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The films were selected from 46 productions submitted this year. The pre-selection committee has drawn up a shortlist of 10 films, all of which will be premiering in Turkey at the festival. The competition lineup include, Belmin Söylemez’s Mirror, Mirror (Ayna Ayna); A Hope (Bir Umut), directed by Ümit Köreken; Onur Ünlü’s new film, Hollow (Bomboş); A Woman Escapes (Gidiş O Gidiş), co-directed by Burak Çevik, Sofia Bohdanoviczand Blake Williams and Hara, directed by Atalay Taşdiken. Of the 10 competition titles, six will be world premiering at the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, as well as premiering in Turkey. They include: Söylemez’s Mirror, Mirror (Ayna Ayna), Ünlü’s Hollow (Bomboş), Taşdiken’s Hara, Kaan Müjdeci’s Iguana Tokyo and Özcan Alper’s Black Night (Karanlık Gece), the competition jury will award a total of TL 840 thousand in prize money across the 14 categories. The festival would be chaired by Mayor of Antalya, Muhittin Böcek and executive directed by Cansel Tuncer.

LA Film Festival Picks Arab Story As Closing Night Film
THE Los Angeles International Film Festival has announced the LA Premiere of award-winning filmmakers, Patricia Chica (director, co-writer) and Kamal John Iskander (co-writer)’s highly anticipated directorial debut Montréal Girls, as the closing night film for the film festival, which will open this October and run until November 6. Starring MENA-Canadian actors, Hakim Brahimi, Jade Hassouné, Manuel Tadros, Chadi Alhelou, Natalie Tannous and Nahéma Ricci, among others, the story follows Ramy, a Middle-Eastern young man’s turbulent journey and his quest for love and enlightenmen, while discovering his true calling along the way. “Montréal Girls is an inspiring film that deals with topics very relevant in today’s society,” says LAIFF’s festival director, Natasha Marburger.

“We loved the film and we are certain our LA audiences will too,” she adds. The Premiere and Closing Night event will be held at the Laemmle Theatre/Monica Film Centre in Santa Monica on Sunday, November 6 at 7.00pm PT. Director Patricia Chica (Canadian), co-writer, Kamal John Iskander (Egyptian-American) and lead stars Hakim Brahimi (Algerian-Canadian), Jade Hassouné (Lebanese-Canadian), Jasmina Parent (French-Canadian), as well as the crew and other local Arab/MENA talents are scheduled to attend. LA audiences as well as industry members attending the American Film Market (AFM), which is happening at the same time in Santa Monica, will discover this prestige indie feature that has been getting remarkable reviews so far. The Los Angeles International Film Festival is a yearly event showcasing independent films with an edge. The festival returns in person this year as a primary hotspot for showcasing innovative cinema and new trends in indie filmmaking. This year’s LAIFF looks forward to screening a broad range of genres by international directors and bringing the best of fresh filmmaking to film-loving LA audiences. Information on the festival can be sourced at: www.laiff.org

Preparations For Pitcher Festival 2023 Begins
ORGANISERS of the yearly Pitcher Festival have announced dates for several exciting events leading to the 2023 edition of the Pitcher Festival 2023, regarded as the grand celebration of African talent and creativity. The 2023 Festival has been scheduled to hold from May 18 to 20, 2023, but a statement by the organisers said entries would open on December 1, 2022 while delegate registration is January 9, 2023. The deadline for entries is March 31, 2023 while the festival opens on May 18, 2023. However, the awards show and festival closing ceremony has been fixed to hold on May 20, 2023. More information can be sourced at info@pitcherfestival.com

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