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13 February 2020

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Hollywood producer looking for greener pastures in Uganda

Hopeful. Milan Selassie is known for the LifeTime film Back to School Mom, yet, last year in South Africa, two Ugandan enthusiasts interested him into visiting the country, now he wants it to be his next film location, Tony Mushoborozi writes.

American film producer Milan Selassie met three Ugandans in a conference of media buyers and sellers in South Africa mid last year. The conference, DISCOP Africa, is one of the premier events for Advertising and Information Agencies, Design-Studios and Mass-Media industry in Africa.

Here, professionals (producers, buyers and sellers of content) meet and exchange ideas around continent. Milan had been a panelist on one of the sessions. He had talked about producing movies in Africa and marketing them in Hollywood. That is how the young Ugandan media practitioners, among whom was Brian Mulondo of KFM, were attracted to him. Read more here.

Source: Daily Monitor

 

Nollywood critic, Oris Aigbokhaevbolo invited to Sundance Film Festival

Nigerian writer, creative entrepreneur and film journalist Oris Aigbokhaevbolo has been invited to the Sundance Film Festival, the popular American showcase for independent cinema.

The invitation comes six years after Aigbokhaevbolo became the first film journalist anywhere in the world to be invited for the coveted film journalism academies in South Africa, the Netherlands and Germany in a single year. At the time, he covered the Durban International Film Festival, the Rotterdam International Film Festival and the Berlin Film Festival respectively.

Speaking of his invitation to Sundance as part of the Press Inclusion Initiative, Aigbokhaevbolo, who holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, said he hopes it leads to more opportunities for Nollywood and Nigerian cinema culture.

“Sundance is the biggest independent film festival in the US and Nollywood should be there and at all the reputable festivals in the world,” he said. “So along with my duties as a film writer, I’ll be looking to see what is possible in terms of production and distribution. Good independent American films should show in Nigeria and good Nollywood films should get a chance abroad. There is money to be made both ways and we can learn from each other.”

As one of the most respected writer-reviewers from Nigeria and the African continent, Aigbokhaevbolo has written about Nollywood and other aspects of Nigerian culture for about a decade. His first book—a selection of reviews and essays on Nigerian films, music and literature—is set for release in the last quarter of 2020. Read more here.