NollywoodWeek Paris Festival to kick start end of May 2013


NollywoodWeek Paris is an annual event dedicated to showcasing the best of Nollywood to a French audience in order to foster distribution opportunities in this untapped market and 2013 marks its first edition.

It is the first Nigerian (Nollywood) film festival in France that takes place one week after Cannes.

The event starts on Thursday May 30th with an Opening night launch party and ends Sunday June 2nd 2013 with a Closing ceremony featuring the film voted best feature by the public.

NollywoodWeek will take place in the heart of Paris at ‘L’Arlequin’ cinema Theatre, right between the Latin Quarter and Montparnasse (rive gauche).

During the course of the festival, seven of the best feature length films by Nigerian directors will be screened throughout each day and open for public voting. In addition to the film screenings, there will be a marketplace, a panel discussion, and special events taking place.

The seven films selected to screen this year are:

•    Phone Swap by Kunle Afolayan
•    Maami by Tunde Kelani
•    Inalé by Jeta Amata & Keke Bongos
•    Tango with Me by Mahmood Ali-Balogun
•    Ijé by Chineze Anyaene
•    Man on Ground by Akin Omotoso
•    Last Flight to Abuja by Obi Emelonye

This year, Nollywood turns 21. Now is the perfect time to shift gears away from its perception of low-quality films and move towards bringing recognition to the most influential story-teller in Africa. The Nigerian film industry has gone beyond national borders obtaining worldwide recognition. Now, it will become known to the 62 million inhabitants of France, the birthplace of cinema.

There are many ways to participate in the festival. You can: Contribute to the festival through our crowd-funding campaign, partner or volunteer.

Here  is more on the film selection.