THE minster of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has called on Nigerian filmmakers to maintain the enviable standard of making the industry a reference point of a robust film sector in Africa.
Mohammed who declared the festival open on Tuesday, October 4, commended the organisers for sustaining the festival which was first held in 20103.
“The film festival has turned out to be a very good tourism for people outside the country to come and see what we have as a country. We are not only good at producing films but also good at making use of it. Film industry, I believe we soon become the cynosure for other countries. Nigeria film industry has and we always be a point of reference to other film industry in Africa,” the Minister said.
Speaking on its theme, Connecting Global Audiences, convener of the festival, Fidelis Duker, a front line filmmaker said that it is a way to get closer to the people via film showing.
The 4-day festival, witnessed series of activities including screening of films, workshop and seminars. It had in attendance film makers from across Africa and beyond.
In attendance to add glitz and glamour to the festival were Nollywood icons like Richard Mofe-Damijo, Paul Obasele, Zach Orji, Segun Arinze, prolific director Lanceot Imaseun, and many A list actors and actresses outside the continent.
Meanwhile, the festival came to its glamorous ending with the award for individual actor and films makers. The highlight of it was the emergency of Judith Audu Nollywood actress and a producer who carted home the Best Actress for her role in her debut feature production, Just Not Married.
Receiving the award, the excited actress said that she feels blessed getting recognition like this at a time when so much is happening with the movie.
Since the release of the movie, Just Not Married has fetched the actress accolades from several quarters.
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