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Film Professionals to receive funding at 2019 Zuma Film Festival Pitch

As a key component of the 10th edition of ZUMA Film Festival, scheduled to take place December 1st -7th 2019 in Abuja, Nigeria; the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) has announced call for film project entries for the Festival Co-production Market and Pitching Forum. Submission of entries which has opened, closes on October 15, 2019.
The Co-production Market and Pitching Forum, according to a statement issued by the NFC, is to enable film professionals and emerging talents meet, interact and pitch their film projects to financiers/funders, production companies, distributors/exhibitors as well as sales agents. Securing of co-production deals and funding opportunities for film projects, is the key objective of the Co-production Market/Pitching Forum.
Eligibility for the feature film projects submission is open to emerging film directors and producers pursuing film and theatre arts in public and private film schools/academies; aside practicing filmmakers with less than five (5) years professional experience.  Only film projects that promote Peace, exposes the menace of Human Migration and Modern Day Slavery, as well as those on the negative effects of Illicit Drugs shall be accepted and considered for the competition.

All film entries are expected to be accompanied with character treatment analysis, budget estimate for the production as well as detailed marketing and distribution plan.  Film projects which do not meet the requirements or are incompatible with the theme of the Co-Production Market/Pitching Forum will not be considered.
Producers and/or Directors whose pitch meet the requirements of the Judges and investors will receive funding support for their projects.  In addition, the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) will facilitate financial assistance and grants from strategic partners for the realization of their film projects.
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The Lagos Comicon returns fearless.

The Lagos Comic Con, now known as the Fearless Lagos Comic Con has for nearly a decade been the hottest platform for celebrating and promoting the best of Africa’s creativity in the form of comics, animation, film, books and gaming with thousands of young and vibrant enthusiasts, industry players and investors gathering to exhibit, interact and keep in touch with the latest trends in the industry.

According to Toyosi Yusuff, media lead, Lagos Comic Con, this year’s event will feature exhibitions, panel discussions, workshops, competitions, pitches and cosplays. Unlike previous events, the convention will be free access to all zones. According to the Chief Event Coordinator, Ray Anyasi, ¨the fact that it is a three-day event this year has allowed for more robust programming.

The activities and fun have been tripled to give the guests a time of their lives¨.
He noted that after the unbelievable crowd turn out last year, it became expedient that they expand the duration of the event, stating that they expect over 6000 guests in the three days of this year’s event. While attendance is free, guests must register online on to get access to the many fun activities.

The Panel sessions will have top speakers from France, USA, Japan, South Africa and Nigeria discussing key issues in the creative industry like running a viable comic business, creating content that sells, distribution for animation, the effect of digital book platforms on Africa’s reading culture among other topics.

At the master class zone, top creative professionals will facilitate classes on film making, story plotting, illustrations and many others. At the costume competition, dozens of cosplayers will compete for a grand prize of N50,000 and other gifts. There will also be exclusive screenings of groundbreaking films in animation and CGI/VFX, most notably the Malika Animation project by Youneek Studio starring Adesua Etomi.

The Fearless Lagos Comic Con 2019 will hold on 19th, 20th and 21st of September at the Alliance Francaise, Mike Adenuga Centre, Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos. Activities are scheduled from 9AM to 7PM each day.

This year’s event is sponsored by Fearless energy drink, Alliance Francaise, Mike Adenuga Centre, the French Embassy, Film House Nigeria, African Movie Channel, amongst others.

Source: Africa news

Feminist Mona Eltahawy arms women and girls in the fight against patriarchy.

Mona Eltahawy, the author of Headscarves and Hymens: why the Middle East needs a Sexual Revolution, releases a bold and uncompromising feminist manifesto that shows women and girls how to defy, disrupt, and destroy the patriarchy by embracing the qualities they’ve been trained to avoid.

Seizing upon the energy of the #MeToo movement, feminist activist Mona Eltahawy advocates using this book, a muscular, out-loud approach to teaching women and girls to harness their power through what she calls the “seven necessary sins” that women and girls are not supposed to commit: to be angry, ambitious, profane, violent, attention-seeking, lustful, and powerful. All the necessary “sins” that women and girls require to erupt.

Eltahawy knows that the patriarchy is alive and well, and she is fed the hell up: Sexually assaulted during hajj at the age of fifteen. Groped on the dance floor of a night club in Montreal at fifty. Countless other injustices in the years between. Illuminating her call to action are stories of activists and ordinary women around the world–from South Africa to China, Nigeria to India, Bosnia to Egypt–who are tapping into their inner fury and crossing the lines of race, class, faith, and gender that make it so hard for marginalized women to be heard.

Rather than teaching women and girls to survive the poisonous system they have found themselves in, Eltahawy arms them to dismantle it.

Brilliant, bold, and energetic, ‘The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls’ is a manifesto for all feminists in the fight against patriarchy.

Mona Eltahawy is an award-winning columnist and international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues and global feminism. She is based in Cairo and New York City.
She is the author of “Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution,” released April 2015, and is a contributor to the New York Times opinion pages.
Her commentaries have appeared in several other publications and she is a regular guest analyst on various television and radio shows.

Source: Amazon
Photo credit: Mona Eltahawy

Eko International Film Festival hosts World Press Conference

The world press conference of the EKO International Film festival (EKOIFF) held today at the prestigious Silvervird Galleria, Victoria island, Lagos.

The 10th Anniversary of the Film Festival which is scheduled to hold from March 10th-14th, 2020 will focus on the theme,
‘Film and global cultural diplomacy.’

In attendance at the press conference were pressmen from various media outlets around the city.

President and Founder of the Eko international film festival, Mr. Hope Opara stated at the event that the festival is a global platform prepped to boost the image of the country and foster international collaboration with indigenous film makers.

“This year’s instalment of the event will feature special workshops to train emerging film makers,” he added.

The festival Co-ordinator of communication, Mr. Sam Uche Anyamele said that there were already hundreds of submitted film entries from over 75 countries.

He highlighted the involvement of the Lagos state government and revealed that the event was already listed on the Lagos state cultural calendar, in the Lagos state tourism board schedule for 2020.

Mr. Sam Uche was quick to point out the festival objective of rewarding indigenous excellence by celebrating those who are doing remarkably well at the moment.

“We reward more indigenous film makers than any other platform,” he stated at the press conference and recounted that
opportunities are open for branding and strategic partners will be announced in the first quarter of next year.

Also in attendance at the press conference were, festival cordinator, Mr Wisdom Nwankwo, Media coordinator, Eze Victor, Festival director, Mr. Chidi Nwaokabia
and festival protocol officer, Slim Mmah.

The message from the co-ordinators of the 2020 Eko film festival couldn’t have been clearer; the film festival is geared towards giving an opportunity to local film professionals to compete with their international counterparts.

Photo credit: EKOIFF

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