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By Shaibu Husseini
27 March 2022   |   2:38 am
The 12th Zuma International Film Festival, scheduled to hold in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, from April 2 to 9, 2022 has been moved to May.

Madueke, NFC managing director

Zuma International Film
Festival Gets New Date

The 12th Zuma International Film Festival, scheduled to hold in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, from April 2 to 9, 2022 has been moved to May.

The event now holds from May 1 to 7, 2022. The shift in date, according to a statement signed by the Head of Public Affairs of the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), is to enable organisers to plan towards hosting a successful and impact-driven film fiesta, having recently designated Abuja as the official Host City of the film festival, in line with best global practices.

The collaborative partnership between the NFC and FCTA to jointly host Zuma Film Festival provides an opportunity for an increase in domestic, foreign investors’ and stakeholders’ participation and attendance, just as the festival bouquet has equally been upscaled in content, scope and design to achieve its desired objectives.

The NFC, FCTA and its partners regret any inconvenience caused by the shift in date and assure that all related activities prior to the new date of May 1 to 7, 2022, for the Film Festival, themed, Show The Money, with the International Conference Centre and Nicon Luxury Hotels, Abuja as event venues, will be communicated accordingly.

AFRIFF Opens Entries For 2022
THE Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) has opened entries for its 11th edition in November 2022. Speaking at the formal announcement ceremony, founder and Festival Director, Ms. Chioma Ude, said AFRIFF was delighted to open call for entries for the 11th edition of the festival following Amazon’s acquisition of films from AFRIFF’s film catalog last year. “We are now strategically positioned to help filmmakers distribute their titles with our landmark partnership with Amazon Prime Video. We also had Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios pick up two movies from the festival. This year, we are already in talks with a multitude of streaming platforms interested in licensing and acquiring films from the festival,” Ude said, adding that the festival was proud to present this year’s programme themed, Indigenous For Global, which, as she stated, is dedicated to the incredible opportunities Amazon Prime video and others offer Nigerian filmmakers going forward. “This enables us to dream and continue to innovate and create exciting and vibrant experiences for our Audience,” Ude said. Submissions for the 2022 edition of AFRIFF are now officially open and will run till July 30, 2022. General entries will be accepted until July 1 with a late entry deadline set for July 30, 2022. Filmmakers are encouraged to submit entries early with the regular deadline, as late entry submissions will be strictly accepted only via waiver code. Festival selections include fiction and non-fiction films, both domestic and international, features and shorts, impact-driven documentaries and Animation with an emphasis on films that have not been premiered on commercial screens. Also, only those films produced after January 1, 2021, are eligible for competition while films produced before 2021 may be accepted in the programme if their story speaks to the programme theme or AFRIFF programmers think it suits this year’s event.

The 11th edition of AFRIFF will hold from November 6 to 12, 2022 at the Landmark Centre, Lagos, Nigeria. AFRIFF is reputed as the ultimate gathering of original storytellers and audiences seeking new voices in cinema and fresh filmmaking perspectives. It has over the years delivered a rich programme to foster invaluable exchanges of ideas, production connections, and business relationships. Also, AFRIFF has gradually gained a reputation as the most vibrant festival experience in Africa. Since 2010, hundreds of films launched at the festival have gone on to gain critical acclaim and reach new audiences worldwide.

Pitcher Festival Appoints Heritage And Channel Jury Presidents
PITCHER Festival has announced the appointment of the Heritage and Channel jury presidents for the 2022 Pitcher Awards. The jury president for the Heritage category is Steve Babaeko, President, Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria & CEO/CCO X3M Ideas, Lagos, Nigeria, while the Channel jury president has been named as Joel Rao, Chief Executive Officer, Digital & Customer Experience, Dentsu Aegis, Kenya. Earlier, Pitcher Festival had announced the jury presidents for the other categories namely Craft, Entertainment, Digital and Good. The Heritage jury will review entries in Print, Film, Design and Outdoor while the Channel jury will review entries in Integrated Campaigns, Use of Media, Use of Data, PR and Reputation Management as well as Use of Insights and Strategy. Pitcher Awards is the pan-African benchmark for creative excellence and is open to working created or implemented anywhere in Africa. Entries for Pitcher Awards are currently open and entry information and entry platform can be accessed from www.pitcherfestival.com. The 2022 Pitcher festival will hold between May 19 and 21.