Eastern Nigeria International Film Festival (ENIFF) 2023 set to elevate art of filmmaking in Enugu

An extraordinary cinematic journey beckons as the Eastern Nigeria International Film Festival (ENIFF) returns for its fourth edition, promising enchantment and inspiration in the heart of Enugu.

From November 21 to November 25, 2023, ENIFF will once again take centre stage in Enugu, celebrating the vibrant world of cinema while honouring the remarkable contributions of the Southeast region of Nigeria to the history of filmmaking on the African continent and beyond.

Since its inception in 2020, ENIFF has become a global platform for filmmakers, attracting over five thousand submissions from creative talents around the world, including Oscar award-winning Israeli-born filmmaker Guy Nattiv and first-time filmmakers. More than just a film festival, ENIFF is a catalyst for societal change and a nexus for cultural unity.

ENIFF was founded by the dynamic duo of Ujuaku Akukwe and Chris Odili. In a joint statement, they emphasised that ENIFF goes beyond film screenings. It’s a platform to discover new horizons in film production, celebrate creative prowess, empower storytellers, encourage emerging talents, and foster global networking opportunities for filmmakers. The festival’s ultimate goal is to contribute to the creative economy of the South-East and promote the growth of filmmaking in Nigeria and Africa. The founders have also maintained a strong connection with filmmakers across the continent and the world, ensuring that ENIFF remains at the forefront of industry trends and highlights milestones in African filmmaking.

With a record number of submissions, ENIFF 2023 promises to be an exceptional experience. This year’s lineup features 36 outstanding films from around the world, including the award-winning “Mami wata,” directed by CJ Obasi, which is set to open the festival. The film showcases the richness of African storytelling and its Nigeria’s nomination for the Oscars.

In addition to the impressive film lineup, ENIFF 2023 offers tailor-made master classes and workshops designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of filmmakers. These sessions will be led by senior industry executives, including Femi Odugbemi, Ego Boyo, Emeka Mba, Jahman Anikulapo, Frank Nweke Jnr, Chiege Alusigwe, Ujuaku Akukwe and many more. These opportunities for learning and networking will undoubtedly enrich the festival experience.

ENIFF is proud to have strong partnerships with organisations that share its passion for film and cultural exchange. Partners for ENIFF 2023 include the United States Consulate General Lagos, Afia TV, Nigeria International Film and TV Summit, and Solotone Ventures. These collaborations help create a dynamic platform that celebrates diversity and fosters creative connections.

ENIFF 2023 invites film enthusiasts, industry professionals, and the public to join in this extraordinary celebration of cinema. Come to the  captivating city of Enugu, Nigeria, from November 21 to November 25, 2023, and be a part of an experience like no other.

For more information about ENIFF 2023, including the schedule, tickets, and updates, visit www.eniff.org.

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