One of Nigeria and Lagos’ premiere international film festivals, Eko International Film Festival, is kicking off from March 10 – 14, 2020. The film festival which has the endorsement of the Lagos State government on her cultural calendar is a celebration and recognition of outstanding films and culture from various parts of the world.
With over 300 films submitted from every continents of the world, and a handful of quality films already selected by judges of repute, it promises to be exciting and packed.
Speaking with the president of Eko International Film Festival about the level of preparedness, Mr. Hope Obioma Opara, revealed to zeeny360.com that Eko International film festival is ready to host the film industry, while expressing openness to any supports from individuals and agencies. According to him, this year’s edition is a milestone event, being the tenth anniversary of the event. Expected at the event are international film collaborators, representatives of the Lagos State government, Nollywood practitioners, and other stakeholders in the film industry.
According to Mr. Hope Obioma Opara, a feature documentary on Cancer will feature at the event, raising awareness on cancer and creating an opportunity for both patients and healthcare agencies to get educated about cancer managements from the cinemas at no cost.
Mr. Wisdom Nwankwo, the festival coordinator and Slim Mmah, the festival protocol officer; have restated that steps are already being taken to ensure that delegates are not only secured inside the cinemas, but will also undergo basic sanitization steps as recommended by the WHO to curb any possible spread of Coronavirus before being ushered into the cinema hall, even though the federal and state governments have allayed fears of the public about the virus.
The Media Coordinator, Mr. Eze Uwaezuoke, has also stated that the event will afford attendees the opportunity to network with film practitioners who will be on hand during the screening of their films. Submitted film categories are animations, short films, features films, short & feature documentaries, fictions, indigenous and foreign language films. A film workshop is also scheduled at the event.
As a mark of goodwill, especially for the 10th Anniversary, the screening of films will be open to the public for free. However, minors will not be permitted inside the cinema hall due to the ratings of some of the movies which may not be suitable for the age range of minors.
Silver Bird Cinemas (Victoria Island) will host the film screenings from Tuesday March 10 to Friday March 13 (10 am – 6 pm daily), while the Award Night and Red Carpet will be at the Terra Kulture, Lagos by 5 pm.
The following numbers have been reserved for enquiries: Mr. Hope - 234 8183 305 1753; Mr. Wisdom Nwankwo – 234 903 591 2606; Mr. Uwaezuoke (Media matters) – 234 811 808 2840
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