NollywoodWeek has 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 General Consul of France in Lagos, at his private residency last Thursday. 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 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.
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.”
This year’s 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 Paris 2016 takes place from Thursday June 2nd to Sunday June 5th in Paris, France at the Cinema l’Arlequin.
More information, including how to attend the festival, can be obtained on their website: www.nollywoodweek.com.