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Zuma Filmfest To Hold In April
The 2021 edition of Zuma Film Festival earlier scheduled to hold in Abuja, from December 1 to 7, 2021, has been moved to April 2 to 9, 2022.
The Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), in a statement issued in Abuja, and signed by its Head of Public Affairs, Brian Etuk, said the change in date has become necessary in view of the recently signed partnership with the FCT, which designated Abuja as the host city for the yearly film festival.
The shift in date is to create room for expanded synergy with all stakeholders, who have indicated a willingness to partner with the NFC to further lift and widen the scope of the film festival since it was rebranded as a yearly event in 2017. The MoU further provide the leverage to upscale activities of the festival as a promotional investment and national project for the development of the creative sector.
The statement quotes Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, NFC’s Managing Director/Chief Executive, as saying that, apart from achieving its objectives maximally; the shift in date will also afford film stakeholders from across the country and beyond, and particularly, residents of Abuja opportunity to savour the enriched bouquet of the film festival, which is themed, Show the Money.
Cameron Bailey Is CEO Of Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
NOTABLE film programmer and curator, Cameron Bailey, has been appointed CEO of the yearly Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The festival’s board of directors made the appointment amid preparations for its 2022 edition. An industry leader in the film and entertainment landscape and one who has worked with TIFF within the last 25 years, Bailey has been instrumental in growing and cultivating TIFF’s loyal audiences and ensuring the festival is an essential stop for filmmakers, industry professionals and journalists from around the world. “TIFF’s mission to ‘transform the way people see the world through film’ is my mission as well,” said Bailey. “I believe the moving image has a unique power to tap into our deepest emotions, and shift the way we view our world and each other. It’s both a joy and an enormous responsibility to lead our passionate, committed TIFF team as we connect people and communities through film. I’m indebted to TIFF’s founders and to each of TIFF’s previous leaders for building an organisation dedicated to making positive change in the world for filmgoers, filmmakers, and all the professionals who make movies matter.” The festival board says it looks forward to the evolution of the film feast under Bailey’s leadership so that the festival can continue to meet the future needs of filmmakers, industry professionals, film lovers, and stakeholders. TIFF holds in September.
Cairo International Film Festival Ends Today
THE 43rd session of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) will end today December 5, 2021, with an award ceremony. The festival opened on November 26 in Cairo in the presence of prominent art figures in Egypt, and more than 1,200 Egyptian and international guests, who were keen to participate in the festival. The ceremony, which was held in Cairo Opera House, started with a short film about the cinema in Egypt through different ages, then the Egyptian actor Khaled Elsawy appeared to give a special speech about the role of cinema supporting the culture of difference, with a little bit of funny performance with the Egyptian comedian actor Ali Rabea. This was followed by a speech by the producer and scriptwriter Mohamed Hefzy, president of the festival, in which he mentioned that the support and encouragement he received over the years of his presidency of the festival was a great motivation for him every year. Then a video clip was shown which included the pictures of stars that sadly passed away last year, including Suhair Al-Babli, Ezzat El Alaili, Youssef Shaaban, Samir Ghanem, Dalal Abdel Aziz, and others. At the end of his speech, Hefzy invited the Minister of Culture, Dr. Enas Abdel Dayem, to open the 43rd session, who said in her speech that she’s feeling proud of the position that the Cairo Festival had reached as the only Arab film festival classified in the A category by the International Union of Producers in Paris. The final part of the ceremony was the most influential, starting with the honour of the artist, Karim Abdelaziz, with the Faten Hamama Award for Excellence.