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Nollywood Travel Film Festival tees off in Athens, Greece

Nigeria's flag started flying at full mast on Friday as the 2022 edition of the Nollywood Travel Film Festival (NTFF) kicked off in the city of Athens, Greece.

Mykel Parish

Nigeria’s flag started flying at full mast on Friday as the 2022 edition of the Nollywood Travel Film Festival (NTFF) kicked off in the city of Athens, Greece.

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 including, Berlin, New York, Glasgow, Helsinki, Peru, Toronto and Amsterdam. This edition which opened on May 27 with Bolanle Austen-Peters ‘Collision Course’ will close on May 29 with Moses Iwang’s ‘Lockdown’.

This year’s edition is held under the theme: ‘Experience Nollywood’ and it is 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 whilst also providing the platform to change the African narrative through film and foster relationships with developed countries.

Four films will feature 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’.

The opening film ‘Collision Course’ tells the story of the two worlds of a law enforcement officer and an aspiring musician whose worlds collide. It stars Chioma Chukwuka Akpotha, Ade Laoye, Kenneth Okolie, Daniel Etim Effiong, Bimbo Manuel, Kalu Ikeagwu, and Nobert Young.

Ajaere who called Moviedom from Athens confirmed that the filmmaker Kunle Afolayan has arrived in Athens and would participate in the question and answer session after the screening of ‘Citation’ today.

Founded in 2016, 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 marketplaces for Nigerian cinema.