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Fidelis Duker promises bigger Abuja Filmfest in 2017


Francis Duru at AIFF 2016

Francis Duru at AIFF 2016

Notable filmmaker and founder of the annual Abuja International Film Festival (AIFF), Fidelis Duker, has promised that next year’s edition, which would be the 14th edition, would be bigger and better.

Reputed as the premiere and longest running independent film festival in Nigeria and West Africa, the AIFF took place from October 4 to 7 this year at the Silverbird Cinema in Abuja and it witnessed the screening of 65 films from over 700 entries received from 57 countries.

The film market witnessed the attendance of 30 exhibitors, who came to showcase their products and services during the four-day event.

This year’s festival was very much different from ones, as it had unprecedented 3221 visitors, which is probably the largest at any film festival in Nigeria.

It featured master classes in acting, facilitated by Mofe-Damijo, Lancelot Imasuen, Segun Arinze and Francis Duru, where over 150 actors were trained in the basics of screen acting.

The festival also collaborated with Canon UK and Middle East to train 60 young aspiring Nigerians in cinematography and photography.

Guests at this years festival included three serving ministers, such as Information, Lai Mohammed; Federal Capital Territory, Muhammed Bello; and Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, as well as Emeka Ike, Paul Obazele, Zack Orji, Evelyn Ikunobe, Thelma Okoduwa, Bond Emeruwa, Mahmood Ali-Balogun and Senator Ben Murray Bruce.

Duker expressed optimism that next year’s edition would be bigger, adding: “For me, it can only be better and we hope to do an appraisal of what happened this year and begin to plan for next year.

“I have always said festivals are planned for a year, so we will return to the drawing board and begin the plan.

“What I can assure you is that we will do better and continue to raise the standard.”

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