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’18th edition’ Abuja International Film Festival announces nominees

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The 18th Abuja International Film Festival is pleased to announce the nominees for the 18th Abuja International Film Festival scheduled for the beautiful city of Abuja from 1st to 4th November 2021

A total of 1952 films were received from 61 countries as entries for the 18th edition and of these numbers 113 films were selected from the following genre of Features, Shorts, Documentaries, Experimental and animations.

According to Fidelia Duker, the Festival Officer Communication informed the media that the festival was excited to be back as a physical one after the 2020 edition that was pure hybrid and on virtual in its entirety.

According to her, the 2021 edition will be Physical with all COVID-19 protocols observed as a part of the festival will also be virtual.
This year the festival jury has chosen a total of 31 films and filmmakers as nominees who will be gunning for the different categories of the prestigious awards on the 4th of November 2021 in Abuja.

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The nominees are as follows:
EFERE OZAKO OUTSTANDING EXPERIMENTAL FILM
ESCAPE FROM A GOOD PRISON – SLOVAKIA
AICHA’S DRESS – TUNISIA
THE TAILOR – ISREAL
SUPER DAD – UNITED STATES
BOY MEETS GIRL – NIGERIA
SELFTHERAPHY – BELGIUM
MARYAM – UNITED KINGDOM

OUTSTANDING SHORT FILM (NIGERIA)
I AM SOMEBODY – Tyna Ezenma
S O J A – peter fada
LAST STRAW – CHRIS IHEUWA
48 HOURS – Ben C Chiadike
THE NEW ANCESTORS – MNENA AKPERA
BOUND (LOST IN MOMENT) – Prince Augustine Egwuonwu
WHAT SHE WROTE – OKECHUKWU OKU

OUTSTANDING FEATURE FILM (FOREIGN)
LOVE LABORATORY – China – Muchao Wang, Fangmin Wang
SHAMBALA – kyrgyzstan – Artykpai Suyundukov
regret – mali – anas awal
H.P LOVECRAFT’S WITCH HOUSE – United States – Bobby Easley
ILLUSION – Cameroon – Slyvain B Boayaga
THERAPY – Cameroon – Anurin Nwunembom, Musing Derrick
LOST – Morocco – Driss Roukhe

SEGUN OLUSOLA OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY FILM
HOMO PEREGRINUS – Poland – Andrzej Swiech
GEORGE FLOYD: SAY THEIR NAMES – United States -Christopher R. Owens, Alyssa Dann(student)
THE HERO’S WALK – NIGERIA – TOLULOPE AWOBIYI
SEARCHING FOR WILLIAM – FRANCE – Saetbyeol Kim
LONLY TOGETHER – Indonesia – Rendro Aryo
GOLDEN FISH, AFRICAN FISH – Senegal – Thomas Grand, Moussa Diop Senegal
kashmiri pandit “the invincible refugees” 30 years in exile – india – sanjay raina

OUTSTANDING SHORT FILM (FOREIGN)
THE WHEEl – Turkey – Metin EWR
FIGHT BACK – Isreal – Loren Trabelsi
COLONIA – France – Thibault Rigaud
“FOUR MOTHERLESS CHILDREN” – United States – Ralph Isenberg, Joe De La Fuente
NORTH OF THE NIGHT – France – Olivier Simon
HELLO YESTERDAY (A short silent film) – United States – IMOLE LADIPO
BROTHER – Netherlands – Lisanne Sweere

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OUTSTANDING FEATURE FILM (NIGERIA)
COAT OF ALMS Blessing Egbe
LOVE CASTLE Desmond Elliot
LOCKDOWN Moses Imwang
HOME SPRING’S ETERNAL Biodun Stephens
BALOKUN Olamide Wale Akinmolayan
THE STUDIO Muuyideen Sasiliu Ayinde,Wale Asifat,Wale Banjoko
BEN FROM DOWNSTAIRS ANITA Anwunah

OUTSTANDING STUDENT FILM
LONLY TOGETHER – Indonesia – Rendro Aryo
ESCAPE FROM A GOOD PRISON – slovakia – Erik Jasan
THE TAILOR – Isreal – Inbal Selah
HOME – China – Yang Yang
RUSSIAN NOVEL – Italy – Rossana Reccia, Alberto Vianello
COO-COO – RUSSIA – Svetlana Belorussova
STAGES – Nigeria – Spurgeon Obi-Eke

outstanding male actor
jide kosoko – nigeria – love castle
efa iwara – nigeria – lockdown heat
jacob ewang – cameroon – the last judgement
blossom chukwujekwu – nigeria – hope springs eternal
shawn faqua – nigeria – coat of alms
lateef adedimeji – nigeria – the studio

outstanding female actor
kehinde bankole – nigeria – love castle
wilette max kanlisou – benin – the king’s cane
jumoke odetola – nigeria – the studio
mouna rmiki – morocco – lost
juliet njemanze – nigeria – ben from downsrairs
nse ikpe etim – nigeria – the wait

outstanding film directing
blood hound – nuhu daylop – nigeria
theraphy – anurin nwunembom, musing derrick – cameroon
north of the night – oliver simon – france
balokun – olamide wale akinmolayan – nigeria
lockdown – moses inwang – nigeria
everywhere, anywhere – felipe ferreira paraguassu – china
love laboratory – muchao wang, fangmin wang – china
lost – driss roukhe – morocco

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outstanding film music score
north of the night – france
ben from downstairs – nigeria
tara’s diary – nigeria
no1 – nigeria
edeleyo – nigeria
shambala – kyrgystan
coat of alms – nigeria

festival mention for narrativE
beatrice ogunmola – love castle – nigeria
chris iheuwa – end game – nigeria
oliver simon – north of the night – france
balokun – olamide akinmolayan – nigeria
edeleyo – gbovo eriamiantoe – nigeria
regret – anas mohammed – mali
24hrs in beijing – LAURENCE caroll brahm – usa
virago – kerli kirch schneider – estonia

aiff golden jury award
north of Night – france
love laboratory – china
love castle – nigeria
lockdown – nigeria
shambala – kyrgyztan
lost – morroco
balokun – nigeria
As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has put a strain on in-person film experiences, this is a great opportunity to better utilize digital resources. We also want to encourage filmmakers to engage in digital resources, especially online platforms like the hybrid screenings through our www.fad360tv.com.
According to Fidelia, she has promised an engaging experience at the festival this year.

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Double Tees Productions Unveils ‘Aiyefele’ – A Cinematic Masterpiece of Resilience and Redemption

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Double Tees Productions, a renowned film production company, is delighted to announce the upcoming cinema release of its highly anticipated epic film, “Aiyefele.”

Scheduled to premiere on April 5, 2024, at Odeon Cinema in major cities across the United Kingdom, “Aiyefele” promises audiences an unforgettable cinematic experience filled with emotion, intrigue, and profound storytelling.

Set against the backdrop of colonial Nigeria and 18th-century England, “Aiyefele” unfolds the captivating narrative of a community teetering on the brink of despair. Plagued by a devastating epidemic, the inhabitants grapple with the clash between their traditional beliefs and the “visitor ”
The community faces existential threats, battling against self-destructive customs and malevolent forces, until an unexpected figure emerges to lead them towards liberation and hope.

Featuring a stellar ensemble cast comprising esteemed actors from the UK and Nigeria, including Odun Adekola, Mercy Aigbe, Femi Branch, Lucien Morgan, Desiree Faust, Bimbo Oshin, Biola Adebayo, Rotimi Salami, Dapo Opayinka, and Lara Aiyeomoni, “Aiyefele” promises to immerse audiences in a world of profound loss, sacrifice, and self-reflection.

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Toyin Moore and Tayo Utomi, passionate independent producers known for their commitment to thought-provoking storytelling, spearhead the project.

With a dedication to artistic excellence, “Aiyefele” pushes the boundaries of cinema, offering viewers a transformative cinematic experience.

The distribution of “Aiyefele” is managed by Evrit Films, ensuring widespread accessibility to audiences across the UK.

Film Credits:

Executive Producers: Oluwatoyin Moore, Omotayo Utomi
Director: Seun Olaiya
Original Story: Toyin Moore
Director of Photography (DOP): Babatunde Taiwo
Script: Moshood Yakubu Olawale
Linear Producer: Olakunle Olabode

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UK Unit:

Producer: Toyin Moore
Director: Niyi Towolawi
Director of Photography (DOP): Babatunde Michael

For media inquiries and further information, please contact:

Tayo Utomi
Phone: +447506008654
Email: Tayoutomi@gmail.com

Toyin Moore
Phone: +447496115260
Email: oyemi10770@gmail.com

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K1 to Tinubu: Nigerians are crying, suffering, wailing daily over high cost of food, poor living condition

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Renowned musician King Wasiu Ayinde, popularly known as K1, has made an appeal to President Bola Tinubu, urging him to address the challenges faced by Nigerians amidst the soaring cost of living, food, and essential items.

K1, a staunch supporter of President Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress (APC), played a pivotal role in Tinubu’s presidential victory, leveraging his influence in entertainment and social circles.

In an open letter addressed to the President and also in a video, K1 emphasized the urgent need for a reassessment of economic policies to alleviate the burdens of ordinary Nigerians.

The musician particularly highlighted the alarming depreciation of the Naira against the U.S. dollar, which has contributed significantly to the prevailing economic hardships.

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Expressing concern over the mounting socio-economic cries and sufferings of the populace, K1 urged President Tinubu to implement measures that would provide relief to the common man.

He underscored the disillusionment among voters who, having supported Tinubu in the 2023 elections, now felt disheartened by the lack of visible improvements in their daily lives.

Acknowledging the accusations directed at him for influencing people’s votes, K1 remained optimistic that President Tinubu would soon enact policies to reverse the current tide.

Despite the criticisms, the musician reaffirmed his belief in Tinubu’s leadership and expressed hope that the president would prioritize the welfare of the Nigerian people.

As K1 urged a review of economic strategies, he also stressed the importance of pushing out palliatives to cushion the impact on citizens.

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The open letter served as both a plea and a call to action, encouraging President Tinubu to address the concerns of a nation in distress and reaffirm the faith placed in his leadership during the electoral process.

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Showmax unveils refreshed brand, expanded content lineup across Africa

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Showmax, the popular streaming service in Africa, has introduced its enhanced platform, featuring a refreshed brand and a vast content lineup, signaling a new era for viewers on the continent. This development comes ten months after MultiChoice, Comcast’s NBCUniversal, and Sky announced a collaborative streaming vision for Africa.

The revamped Showmax app is set to be available in app stores starting January 23, 2024, as part of a phased rollout across 44 markets. The streaming platform aims to offer an unparalleled streaming experience, with a focus on both local and international content.

A significant highlight is the introduction of the world’s first standalone Premier League plan for mobile, known as Showmax Premier League. Priced at just N2,900 a month, this plan will provide access to all 380 Premier League games, offering a game-changing product for football enthusiasts across Africa.

Showmax offers two additional plans: Showmax Entertainment on mobile for N1,200 a month and Showmax Entertainment for N2,500 a month. The diverse plans cater to various preferences and viewing habits, making streaming accessible to a broader audience.

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Opeoluwa Filani, the GM of Showmax Nigeria, emphasized the strategic pricing of the Showmax Premier League plan, aligning with the massive smartphone penetration and the significant football fanbase in Africa. Richard Masters, CEO of the Premier League, expressed delight at the initiative, recognizing Africa’s importance to the Premier League.

At the core of Showmax’s streaming ambitions is a robust technical platform built to scale. Leveraging the Peacock streaming platform, which is active in over 70 countries, Showmax benefits from a world-class infrastructure that has successfully delivered major events, including the Super Bowl, FIFA World Cup, Olympics, and WrestleMania.

Showmax’s content library is set to expand with the introduction of 21 new Showmax Originals in February, including five Nigerian Originals. The platform aims to produce over 1,300 hours of original content in the coming year, marking a 150% increase in production output.

Showmax’s partnership with Comcast’s NBCUniversal and Sky ensures access to a diverse range of international content, including titles from Universal Pictures, Focus Features, NBC, Peacock, DreamWorks Animation, and Telemundo. The content lineup spans movies, drama series, and original productions.

John Ugbe, CEO of West Africa at MultiChoice, emphasized Showmax’s focus on the African market, building on MultiChoice’s deep understanding of the continent. The streaming service aims to revolutionize streaming in Africa in 2024, with competitive pricing, offline viewing options, and a growing network of payment options.

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Existing Showmax customers will receive information on accessing the new app, with the complete rollout scheduled to be completed by February 12, 2024. Showmax’s commitment to delivering quality content and a seamless streaming experience positions it as a leading player in the African streaming landscape.

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