Nollywood production house Nemsia Films has closed the first exclusive slate deal for three commissioned feature films with Amazon Prime Video, having already produced a successful repertoire of world-class content such as God Calling, Before 30, and Journey of an African Colony.
“We are very excited to collaborate with Nemsia Films on this pioneering slate deal, which will complement our growing lineup of local Nollywood content for Prime Video customers,” said Ayanna Lonian, director of Content Acquisition and head of Worldwide Major Studio Licensing Strategy, Prime Video. “This slate deal supports our goal to showcase Nollywood at its best, by telling authentic homegrown stories in a range of genres to Prime Video customers around the world.”
“At Nemsia Films, it is our belief in ‘no gravity for the mind’ that has led us to work with Prime Video, one of the leading streaming services worldwide, capable of delivering our stories further than we ever imagined,” said Derin Adeyokunnu, co-founder of Nemsia Films. “We are tremendously excited about the collaboration and what the future holds for Nollywood.”
Nemsia films was co-founded by Derin Adeyokunnu and BB Sasore, with a strong belief in its ethos – “no gravity for the mind” – which, in addition to their major accomplishments, has seen them become a hub for developing young and emerging talent across every facet of Nollywood. Nemsia creates visuals that have pushed the envelope in African storytelling, from concept to delivery, with the entire production chain, including top-end visual effects and post-production, sitting in-house. Adeyokunnu serves as managing partner and executive producer and Sasore is the creative director, writer, and director of most of their work.
The first feature in this deal will be Breath of Life, written and directed by BB Sasore and produced by Eku Edewor. Breath of Life tells an inspirational story about life and destiny where one must live to fulfill their purpose and cannot die until this is done. The other two films to come from the deal will be announced later this year.
About Prime Video
Prime Video offers customers thousands of popular movies and TV shows, including Amazon Original Series such as The Boys, The Wheel of Time, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Grand Tour and the upcoming highly anticipated series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, as well as critically acclaimed Amazon Original movies like Coming 2 America, The Tomorrow War, and exclusive Nollywood movies such as Superstar, Progressive Tailors Club, Bad Comments, Badamasi and much more.
Along with Nemsia’s commissioning deal, Prime Video has previously announced exclusive licensing agreements with leading Nigerian production studios, including Inkblot Studios and Anthill Studios, which highlights a commitment by Prime Video to deliver Nigerian and African film to a global audience of more than 200 million Prime members.
Customers can stream or download and enjoy anytime, anywhere via the Prime Video app on mobile, tablet, Smart TVs, game consoles, or online at PrimeVideo.com. All available to watch as part of a Prime Video membership, which is available in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.
Malaika took me almost two months to produce, Toyin Abraham reveals (Video)
A Nigerian actress and movie producer, Toyin Abraham Adeyemi, has revealed that it took her just two months to produce her alleged N500 million budget movie, Malaika.
She made this revelation during a chat with the media while addressing the disturbing thread of piracy in the Nollywood industry.
A victim of piracy herself, Toyin, as she simply called, lamented how her N500 million budget movie was leaked on Telegram and how she was able to salvage it with the help of her team.
“If you look at me, I’m actually not okay. I’ve to come from the hospital; I’ve been having panic attacks. It’s not easy shooting a movie for close to N500 million and just seeing it out there.
“I saw my movie and another movie, and I thought I was dreaming, and they said, ‘No, you’re not dreaming,’” she said.
She went on to disclose that the hackers announced on Telegram that they were going to upload the movie by 12, which they eventually did.
When asked how long it took her to produce the movie, Toyin responded that it took her almost two months.
“I shot Malaika for two months, almost two months,” she replied.
By a comparative analysis, on average, Hollywood studio movies are shot within 30 to 120 days, with outliers falling below or above this range. The length of principal photography depends greatly on the scale, genre, and length of a film.
“Lift,” the new Kevin Hart-led heist thriller now streaming on Netflix, took approximately five months; between March and July 2022 to be precise, for filming with a $100 million budget.
Toyin further disclosed that her advocacy against movie piracy isn’t about her interests alone but for the general good of the industry.
“This is not about Malaika or any movie in the cinema; it is not about tribe. It’s about the creative industry; it’s about the entertainment industry. Because this is the only thing we do,” she stated.
“Behind The Veil” Hits Amazon Prime: A Roller Coaster of Emotions, Life Lessons Unveiled
The much-anticipated movie, “Behind The Veil,” has officially made its debut on Amazon Prime, promising viewers a captivating experience filled with twists, wit, drama, and a spectrum of emotions.
The film, directed and written by Toyin Moore, offers a unique blend of storytelling, featuring an eclectic cast of talents from various nationalities.
Starring Rotimi Salami, Khadijah, Taiwo Olutayo, Toyin Moore, Dapo Opayinka and Juanita Imeh.
Others are Alex Mike, Nora Brown, Mabel Marquez, Rasheed Ijaiya, Lydia Tett Olet, and more, “Behind The Veil” showcases a diverse ensemble that brings the narrative to life.
The executive producers, Comdnt Alistair Soyode and Toyin Moore, have played pivotal roles in bringing this cinematic masterpiece to the Amazon Prime platform. The movie’s director, Toyin Moore, has lent her creative vision to the project, ensuring a compelling and immersive experience for the audience.
Dwayne Josephs, the Director of Photography, and the post-production team at DDFILMWORKS have contributed to the movie’s visual brilliance, promising viewers a visual feast.
“Behind The Veil” is not just a movie; it’s an emotional roller coaster that explores the complexities of life. With valuable lessons embedded in its narrative, the film is set to resonate with audiences seeking more than just entertainment.
Viewers can follow the link https://www.amazon.co.uk/placeholder_title/dp/B0CH8DZWFT on Amazon Prime.
Director Mo Receives 7 Nominations and Ongoing Acclaim for “OBSESSION”
In an era where storytelling transcends boundaries and cultures, the luminary film director, Emmanuel Chidiebere Nwosu, known affectionately as Director Mo, continues to rewrite the narrative of African cinema. His magnum opus, “OBSESSION,” has garnered widespread recognition, affirming his status as a trailblazing filmmaker.
At the recent Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival in Canada, “OBSESSION” amassed an astounding 7 nominations, signifying its remarkable impact on the global cinematic stage.
Director Mo’s virtuosity was further celebrated as he secured the prestigious title of Best Director Africa.
This eloquent achievement solidified his reputation as the visionary behind the movie “Obsession.”
The accolades continue to pour in as Director Mo clinches an additional 7 nominations, including Best Director, at the inaugural African Cultural Film USA Awards. “OBSESSION” has earned its place as an official selection for this distinguished ceremony, underscoring the film’s indelible mark on storytelling excellence.
The resounding nominations “OBSESSION” has received span several key categories:
Director Mo’s humility and dedication shine through as he reflects on this remarkable journey. To him, these numerous accolades represent a validation of his unwavering commitment to crafting unique African narratives. He ardently believes that the essence of a great film lies not only in its end result but in the stories it tells.
Speaking about “OBSESSION,” Director Mo revealed that he approached the project with a deeply personal connection, leaving no stone unturned. The cast, known for their exceptional professionalism, collaborated tirelessly to immerse themselves in their roles, ensuring a portrayal that resonated with audiences on a profound level.
The continued success, marked by consistent nominations since the film’s cinematic release, stands as a testament to the captivating storytelling that “OBSESSION” delivers. Director Mo’s craft reflects a remarkable fusion of passion, talent, and an unyielding commitment to cinematic excellence.
Emmanuel Chidiebere Nwosu, Director Mo, is a visionary in the world of cinema, and his work continues to captivate audiences, sparking curiosity and conversation. As he treads new frontiers in filmmaking, his journey is one to watch, and his name is etched in the annals of cinematic greatness. Expect to hear more from this director as he continues to mesmerize the world with his storytelling prowess.
Director Mo Clinches Best Movie Director Africa at TINFF 2023
In a triumph that underscores his dedication to the craft, Director Emmanuel Chidiebere Nwosu, popularly known as Director Mo, has been bestowed with the coveted title of “Best Movie Director Africa” at the prestigious Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival (TINFF) 2023 in Canada.
Director Mo’s cinematic prowess came to the forefront at TINFF, where his exceptional talent was acknowledged and celebrated on the global stage. This remarkable achievement is a testament to his unique storytelling skills and his unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of African cinema.
The Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival has consistently been a platform that recognizes and honors excellence in filmmaking, making Director Mo’s victory in the category of “Best Movie Director Africa” all the more remarkable.
As an award-winning director, Director Mo continues to make an indelible mark in the world of cinema. His work reflects a passion for storytelling, a commitment to cinematic excellence, and a dedication to showcasing African narratives that resonate with audiences far and wide.
This accolade serves as a testament to Director Mo’s outstanding contributions to the art of filmmaking. His creative vision and dedication to his craft are being celebrated not only by industry peers but also by a global audience that values compelling storytelling.
With this latest accomplishment, Director Mo’s star continues to rise, and his name shines brightly in the constellation of esteemed filmmakers. He remains a pivotal figure in shaping the future of African cinema.
As Director Mo basks in the glory of this well-deserved recognition, the world eagerly anticipates the next chapter in his extraordinary cinematic journey. His unique storytelling gifts promise to captivate audiences and contribute to the ever-evolving landscape of African cinema.
Congratulations to Director Mo on this incredible achievement at TINFF 2023! His Best Movie Director Africa award is not just a personal triumph but a celebration of African storytelling and filmmaking as a whole. We look forward to the stories he will continue to weave on the silver screen, captivating and inspiring audiences across the globe.
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