There is so much excitement in Nollywood as eight (8) Nollywood movies are selected for premier at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. More interesting events is to come with it as TIFF chose Lagos for its “City To City” spotlight Which means that the eight (8) movies – 93 days, 76, The Arbitration, The Wedding Party, Just Not Married, Okafor’s Law, Green White Green and Taxi Driver – will premiere at the international film festival.
The program also includes a TIFF Rising Stars spotlight of two up-and-coming actors from Lagos: OC Ukeje and Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama; as well as an “In Conversation With” segment that will feature Nigerian actor, film producer, and singer Genevieve Nnaji, and actor, film producer, and director Kunle Afolayan. The pair will take part in a series of specialized programming, seminars, and workshops at the Festival, organized by TIFF’s Industry team, and will also join audiences for a unique and intimate discussion as part of the Festival’s ‘In Conversation With’… programme.
This is a huge opportunity for Nollywood to showcase the Nigerian movie industry as a fast-growing sector in the economy and sell our image in a more positive way.
Just as the festival artistic director Cameron Bailey talked about Lagos, he said
“Vital, complex and inspiring, Lagos is entirely unique. The city of Fela Kuti’s music has also given birth to one of the world’s most vibrant film industries. The 1,000 low-budget features ‘Nollywood’ produces each year generate about $1-billion in the box office. Now, from that commercial hotbed, a new generation of filmmakers is emerging to both advance and challenge Nollywood. Bigger budgets, greater artistic ambition – the new cinema of Lagos is bold, exciting, and ready to take its place on the international stage. We’re excited to share the creativity of this remarkable city’s filmmakers with TIFF audiences in September.”