NollywoodWeek Film Festival Kicks Off In Paris
NollywoodWeek, a festival that first opened its doors in Paris in 2013, is launching its first online edition for its 8th edition today, 6 May 2021 through to 9 May 2021. For this year’s edition, the festival announced that it received the highest number of entries under the animation category, a testament to the growth and development of the specialisation and professionalisation of animators in the African cinema landscape.
In a released statement by the Festival Director, Nadira Shakur said the festival celebrates the entry of five animation short films and an animation feature film called ‘Ladybuckit and the Mopley Mopsters’. The animation feature is the first Nigerian animation feature to be released in the cinema in the country. This purposeful growth displays a rapidly developing animation industry whereby many young people, both certified and self-taught, redefine how we tell African stories. Animation is one of the most remarkable ways to expand the audience of home-grown African content, added Shakur.
According to BMA media sources, the 8th edition of the festival will include four world-premieres. Additionally, although online, the traditional networking and community aspect of the festival will be maintained through the virtual networking Hub, Q&A sessions, panel discussions focusing on screenwriting, funding of the African animation sector and distribution of African content.
The festival has received content from Nigeria, the United States, Kenya, Uganda, Brazil, Trinidad, Tobago and Tanzania. The opening of entries to filmmakers outside of Nigeria has resulted in high content entry submissions. The festival selected to showcase over 30 entries under the feature films, animation, and short films category.