BY ESE DIBEBI
NollywoodWeek announced the official selection of this year’s film festival, which takes place in Paris from June 2-5, 2016 during a private VIP cocktail for Nollywood industry professionals hosted by Mr. Laurent Polonceaux, the Consul General of France in Lagos, at his private residence yesterday.
The event was well attended by top Nollywood actors, directors, producers as well as the press, international investors and French professionals. Directors and actors whose films were selected for this year’s festival as well as veteran festival directors were in attendance including the director Kunle Afolayan who is now the ambassador for Peugeot and Air France and will premiere his much anticipated new film, The CEO, at this year’s festival.
The announcement of the official selection to be showcased in Paris was the highlight of the evening.
This official selection includes: Fifty by Biyi Bandele, Falling by Niyi Akinmolayan, The First Lady by Omoni Oboli, Stalker by Moses Inwang, Gbomo Gbomo Express by Walt Taylaur, Lunch Time Heroes by Seyi Babatope, and Taxi Driver by Daniel Oriahi. It was also announced that this year for the first time the festival will showcase a selection of short films. Seven short films have made the selection which consists of Hex, Prey, Joy, The Encounter, Keko, Ireti and The Good Son.
NollywoodWeek is a film festival organized by the French-based association Okada Media, headed by Serge Noukoué and Nadira Shakur. The festival was created to fill the void of quality Nigerian cinema in the French market. “This year we received an unprecedented amount of submissions of great quality which made the selection process very difficult”, Executive Director Serge Noukoué stated, “a great sign that the industry is heading in the right direction.”
NollywoodWeek Paris 2016 takes place from Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5 in Paris, France at the Cinema l’Arlequin. Festival Passes will be available soon.