Five Nigerian movies have been listed to compete for the “People’s Choice Award” at the 2017 edition of Nollywood Week Paris Film Festival.
According to the organisers ( www.nollywoodweek.com), the movies include award winning ‘76’ directed by Izu Ojukwu, ‘The Wedding Party’ directed by Kemi Adetiba and ‘Dinner’, a movie directed by Jay -Franklyn Jituboh.
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Others are ‘Gidi Blues’ and ‘Green White Green’ which were directed by Femi Odugbemi and Abba Makama.
The prestigious ‘People’s Choice Award’ is sponsored by Angénieux, a leading manufacturer of high-quality optic cinema lenses for the broadcast and film industries.
“Angénieux will gracefully put its optics at the disposal of the winner of the People’s Choice Award, giving them a chance to combine their creativity with French technical know-how during their next shoot.”
Nollywood Week Paris Film Festival started in 2013 and is organised by Okada Media, an organisation based in Paris, France, which showcases the best of the Nigerian film industry with the aim of finding a larger audience and more sustainable distribution system for quality films.
The festival offers festival-goers a chance to discover a dozen movies selected by a jury of professionals.
Nigerian filmmakers are encouraged to submit short films, feature films, animations and Nigerian television series for consideration.
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Musical performances, as well as seminars and workshops dedicated to the African cinema industry, have been lined up to enrich the annual event.
The Festival ends with the traditional presentation of the Nollywood Week People’s Choice Award, which rewards some of the best talents of African cinema.
The festival is scheduled to hold from Thursday, May 11 to Sunday, May 14 at Cinema l’Arlequin in Paris, France.
Nigerian movies have not won any international especially the Oscar, and this has been attributed to poor quality of production and bad subtitles.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed Mohammed, recently announced a tripartite partnership involving the Ministry, UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and global news leader CNN to leverage on Nollywood to promote tourism in Nigeria.
The Minister, who announced the plan at the Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Association of Tour Operators (NATOP) held in Lagos on Tuesday, said talks were at an advanced stage to forge a very strong and effective partnership to use the country’s comparative advantage in film production, through Nollywood, to promote tourism in Nigeria.
“This is a path we have not trodden before, but which we are sure will go a long way in making it possible for us to push tourism from the back-burner to the mainstream of the economy.”
He said the government set up a Presidential Council on the Ease of Doing Business as part of its efforts to improve Nigeria’s ranking on the Tourism Competitive Index of the World Travel and Tourism Council.
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Adding that the council has so far completed, in 60 days, 31 reforms across its eight priority indicators in areas such as the Simplified Visa on Arrival Process, Infrastructural improvements at the Abuja Airport and the new Immigration Regulation 2017.