A non-governmental organization (NGO), Girls’ Voices Initiative, said women in the Nigerian film industry struggled to compete despite telling better stories than their male counterparts.
The Group’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Carolyn Seaman, said so during a briefing held on Friday ahead of her Premier Women’s International Film Festival Nigeria (WIFFEN) on March 4, 2022.
Ms Seaman said women are often disadvantaged and unable to thrive seamlessly in the industry.
She said the film festival organized by the NGO was part of efforts to recognize and celebrate the immense contributions of women to the industry.
The festival, which is the first of its kind, is in partnership with the French Embassy’s PISCCA program and TSTV Africa, the Congo Embassy, Zenith Bank Plc, Aero Contractors and a host of other partners.
Some people and professionals in the film industry in Nigeria and other parts of the world will be honored during the festival.
Ms Seaman said the aim of the award was to celebrate outstanding women in film, raise awareness and inspire cinematic standards for female filmmakers.
She said the awards ceremony was also part of activities marking International Women’s Day and Women’s Month.
She explained that the first edition includes five members of the jury from France, South Africa, Canada and Nigeria.
“The jury reviewed the films – features, animations, shorts and documentaries – that compete and announced the WIFFEN award winners together with the festival committee,” she said.
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“This year, trophies will be awarded to winners in 16 categories, including ‘Best Film’, ‘Best Director’, ‘Best Short Film’, ‘Best Animated Short Film’, ‘Best Student Film’, ‘Best Child Actress ” And much more. “
She noted that the program will include talks, masterclasses and the screening of short films, student, animation and documentaries from the collection of films selected from over 3,000 film submissions from over 130 countries across the world. world.
She said screenings of the films and other festival activities would be open to the public.
“On the second day of the festival, we will organize some festival activities and perform the WIFFEN Awards Ceremony in the Executive Hall of the Abuja International Conference Center.”
She added that interested parties can find the film festival program and obtain tickets for the awards ceremony by visiting www.wiffen.global.
She reaffirmed that the general public was invited to this worldwide celebration of women in cinema.
The arts, entertainment and recreation sector under which the film industry falls contributed about 2.3% to Nigeria’s gross domestic product (GDP), according to Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.
Mr Gbajabiamila completed master training for Nollywood actors in 2021, said it was smart to recognize and celebrate Nollywood actors and actresses and others who made up the entertainment industry.
He added that “with talent, courage and extraordinary resilience, Nigerian filmmakers have built a globally competitive entertainment industry despite the challenges and constraints of the national environment”.
“With adequate investment, conducive regulatory environment, better training and capacity development, Nollywood will exceed our current dream and exceed our highest ambitions.
“It is incumbent on all of us in government, the private sector and all of society to identify ways to help the industry reach the top and we all know it is possible,” he said.
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