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By Shaibu Husseini
29 May 2022   |   1:42 am
The 2022 edition of the Nollywood Travel Film Festival (NTFF), which began on Thursday, May 26, in Athens, Greece, ends today with a closing film — Moses Iwang’s Lockdown.

Nollywood Travel Film Festival 2022 Ends Today In Athens, Greece
The 2022 edition of the Nollywood Travel Film Festival (NTFF), which began on Thursday, May 26, in Athens, Greece, ends today with a closing film — Moses Iwang’s Lockdown. The festival opened on Thursday with Bolanle Austen-Peters’s Collision Course, which tells the story of how the worlds of a law enforcement officer and an aspiring musician collide. It stars Chioma Chukwuka Akpotha, Ade Laoye, Kenneth Okolie, Daniel Etim Effiong, Bimbo Manuel, Kalu Ikeagwu and Nobert Young. This edition had as theme: Experience Nollywood and it was held in partnership and with the support of the Nigerian Embassy in Greece and some Nollywood Guild and Association including, the Association of Movie Producers (AMP) and the Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN). Founder of NTFF Mykel Parish Ajaere stated at the well-attended opening ceremony of the NTFF that the festival aims at sharing the Nollywood journey with the world while also providing the platform to change the African narrative through film and to foster relationships with developed countries.

Four films featured in this diet of the festival — 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 reputed as Nigeria’s biggest and foremost travel film festival. It hosts screenings of Nollywood films in cities around the world and it has so far been held in cities such as, Berlin, New York, Glasgow, Helsinki, Peru, Toronto and Amsterdam. Ajaere who hinted that the festival will head to Asia next year, stated that the NTFF is an initiative that seeks to promote films by Nigerians living across the globe to new and existing global audiences with the aim of creating new market places for Nigerian cinema.

Festival De Cannes Un Certain Regard Award List Ready
FOCUSED on arthouse, artistically daring films, the 2022 Un Certain Regard competition featured 20 films, seven of which are first features. At the end of the competition, The Worst Ones directed by Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret received the Un Certain Regard top prize. Joyland, directed by Saim Sadiq, won the jury prize, while the best director prize was awarded to Alexandru Belc for Metronom. The best performance prize was jointly awarded to Vicky Krieps for Corsage and Adam BESSA in Harka. The screenplay prize went to Mediterranean Fever as directed by Maha Haj, while the Coup de Coeur prize went to Rodeo, directed by Lola Quivoron.

The 75th edition of the Festival de Cannes opened on May 17 at Cannes, South of France. A moving, outward-looking ceremony with a conscience, and speeches that will resonate across the 12 days of the event, such as the one given by Vincent Lindon, president of the Feature Films Jury, the festival closed on May 28 with an award ceremony, which was broadcast live on France 2 and internationally on Brut. The screening of the Palme d’or-winning film that was awarded by the Jury followed in the Grand Théâtre Lumière Auditorium. The Cannes film festival has over the years emerged as an amazing platform to watch and find great new films.

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

With Africa and the African Diaspora at the heart of the industry programme, mainstream film professionals, established independents, emerging and alternative filmmakers who continue to shape new directions with their work will present masterclasses, panel discussions and hangout sessions. Other programmes include, a pitch and finance forum which features a selection of 40 projects in development to pitch to a panel of decision makers, the DFM content shop—a digital curation of projects ready for sale and Durban Docs which is opened to Documentary film directors, organisations and initiatives presenting on the creative documentary filmmaking process.

The other programmes are talent Durban talks where Directors from across the continent highlight their storytelling journeys and Durban content and co-production market where professionals share notes on the exciting developments and digital opportunities in the areas of sales, distribution and festival strategy. Diversity, inclusivity and access is at the heart of the Durban Filmmart Institution ethos, which is apparent in the sessions on Queer Representation, Women in Film, the Economically Marginalised, Africa in the Diaspora, Global South and Global North Relationships and South to South Partnerships.

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