Homevida 2015 Call For Scripts is here!!!

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Homevida is calling on all young and creative Nigerians to send in their original scripts for the Homevida 2015 Short Script Competition!

The category for this year is “Internet Technology and Cultural Values” and the winner will get a cash prize of N100,000 as well as the opportunity to turn the script into a short film.

We also have lined up a jury of talented film makers including the Best Supporting Actor at the 2014 AMVCAs, Blossom Chukwujekwu.

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To send in your original scripts, read the criteria here, follow the instructions and upload your entries. You do not want to miss this opportunity!

Entries close June 22nd, 2015

This year’s competition is endowed by the Centenary Film Project and supported by Google.

Watch Short Film – ‘Savior’

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Culled from Judith Audu’s Blog

Change isn’t fiction but Real, Talk won’t cause Change, Action WILL…SAVIOR, a short film by Best Okoduwa. ‘SAVIOR’ is a short film that aims to change every and mostly young Nigerians to consciously participate in the leadership selection process that is the election process in Nigeria. It emphasizes on the inevitable essence of voting. The story mirrors the life of an average Nigerian young couple and how the event of bad Governance/Leadership destroyed the lives of an average Young Nigerian Couple. Written and Directed by Best Okoduwa, Produced by Bukky Aluko and Sayo Aluko, it starred Stan Nze, Judith Audu, Lord Frank, Aaron Sunday, Monica Friday, Best Okoduwa, e.t.c.

Watch short film below

It is a must watch especially as the elections are approaching. Let’s drop all form of apathy and vote for accountability, trust and credibility!

October 1 shines at the AMVCAs!!!

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The long awaited Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards 2015 (AMVCAs) held on Saturday March 7, 2015 at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. In its usual form, it attracted lots of glitz and glam as film makers all over Africa were in attendance. October 1 by Kunle Afolayan dominated the event by winning in 9 categories including the Best Movie for 2014. Following in tow was, Rita Dominic’s The Meeting, which bagged 5 awards. Not left out of the winning streak was Ayo Makun, who bagged the New Era Special Recognition Award for 30 Days in Atlanta.

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This year’s event saw fast rising actors Blossom Chukwujekwu and Linda Ejiofor being recognized for their spectacular performances as they bagged the awards for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. OC Ukeje shone in this year’s award as he picked up the award for The Best Actor in a Drama, an award he won in 2013.

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The late film maker and nollywood veteran, Amaka Igwe was posthumously awarded with the Industry Merit Award which was presented by actor Richard Mofe-Damijo and received by her husband, Charles Igwe. The 2015 AMVCA Trailblazer Award was presented to  CJ Obasi, director of the movie – Ojuju, which won the AFRIFF 2014 Best Nigerian Film Award.

See full list of winners and more pictures after the cut:

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Spotlight on the AMVCAs – Nominees for Best Actor in a Comedy

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The voting lines are closed and one of the most anticipated events of the year in Nollywood, the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCAs) is coming up this Saturday and a host of talented actors have been nominated. Today we will be looking at the nominees for Best Actor in a Comedy. Just looking at the face of Kunle Idowu aka Frank Donga, makes one reel with laughter, Kelechi Udegbe is also one to look out for, loved him from Ndani TV’s ‘Officer Titus‘ and i recently watched the trailer of Fundi-mentals, featuring Kenyan nominee, Gerald Langiri and it looked like a good watch.

Wale Ojo‘s character as a typical mid-class yoruba man living in the UK is hilarious and his performance is outstanding. Femi Jacob‘s character in ‘The Meeting‘ was my best as well. The expressions on his face whenever he was with Clara were always like “Obinrin oo ni pa mi” It’s been a while i watched a movie that featured Nonso Diobi but i enjoy his acting as well.

Now to my question … Who do you think will win???? 🙂 I have my answer but i want to know yours!

Let’s get talking people! Watch the AMVCA trailer for ‘Best Actor in a Comedy’ leave your comments below!!!

30 Second Trailer Contest

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Are you a short film maker in Nigeria? Check this out!!! Culled from Nollywood Week website

Attention all Nigerian shortfilm makers­ the first and only Nigerian film festival in the Francophone world, NollywoodWeek Paris, is holding a competition to find an up and coming filmmaker to create its festival trailer for the next edition of the festival to be held in June 2015.

NollywoodWeek Paris is a four day film festival that showcases feature films from Nigerian directors and producers, subtitled in French, to an international audience to give these films a broader exposure in this new market. Past guests included Rita Dominic, OC Ukeje and Chris Attoh and notable directors such as Kunle Afolayan, Mahmood Ali­Bagoon and Tunde Kelani.

Now its your turn to be among the pros!

Before March 15, 2015​, please submit a storyboalrd or script of your proposed trailer for the festival’s third edition. The winning proposal will be announced and the producer will turn theiry script or storyboard into a 30­sec trailer which will be posted to the festival’s website, youtube channel, Facebook page, on French television and shown before each screening during the festival. This is a great opportunity for filmmakers to get noticed by the top directors of Nollywood and the French media industry.

Details:

● Trailers must be 30­seconds exact, no more, no less

● Trailer must evoke the idea of Nigeria and France coming together

● Trailer should not include any dialogue or if so, very minimal (remember, this is for a French speaking audience so any use of language will be lost if not in French)

● Trailer must contain placeholders for pertinent festival information:

○ Festival dates: 4 au 7 juin 2015

○ Festival location: Cinema l’Arlequin

○ Festival website : http://www.nollywoodweek.com

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If interested, please submit your proposal to info@nollywoodweek.com before March 15, 2015 along with a link to a previous short film you completed. For the winner, the final trailer should be completed and ready for broadcast (shot in HD and sent via WeTransfer) by April 20, 2015. The winner will receive 500 euros (106,000 Nigerian Naira), video credits, name published in NollywoodWeek Festival Catalogue and special thanks during the Opening Night ceremony.

Slum Film Festival – Call for Entries

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The annual Slum Film Festival (SFF) is calling for entries. The festival which will run from 23rd to 29th August in Kibera and Mathare in Kenya, is a platform featuring stories by filmmakers from slums in Africa and beyond. It is also an opportunity to show a range of films within slum communities which have limited or no access to cinema. The festival is a joint project hosted by Slum-TV and The Hot Sun Foundation, and supported by World Friends, the Royal African Society, and the Embassy of Spain (Kenya), and the Alliance Française.

This year’s festival also acts as a skills building platform for filmmakers, who are invited to participate in a number of intensive filmmaking labs.

The festival will offer awards to outstanding films in the following categories:
1. Best Contemporary African Film
2. Best Documentary Film
3. Best Short Film (narrative)
4. Best Community News Piece
5. Judges Choice Award
6. People’s Choice Award
7. Best Original Screenplay

In addition, SFF will offer a trophy, a certificate and prizes in cash or in-kind awards.

Submissions:
Deadline for early bird submissions: 30 June 2015
Deadline for late submissions: 30 July 2015 (A late submission fee of US$30 is required)

The maximum length per film is 30 minutes, and should speak positively of key issues affecting people living in slums and other informal settlements. The films should make a strong positive social statement.

Entrants may submit three films as an individual. This does not prohibit individuals from being involved in other submitted films, except as the director.
A separate entry form must be completed for each film.

Submitted short films must have been completed after 31 June 2013.
Any subtitles must be embedded into the film.

For postal entries the film must be submitted as a .MOV on a USB memory stick, DVD or CD. For online entries, a link to a YouTube/Vimeo/other website must be made available. For online entries, shortlisted films may be requested at a later date as an MP4 on a USB.

For the duration of the festival, shortlisted filmmakers are kindly urged not to post their films on YouTube or Vimeo.

Entrants agree that any still image from the film submitted may be used for promotional purposes. Entrants may choose the still image that is used for promotional purposes. If an entrant wishes to do this, they will need to send the image as a JPEG, PNG or GIF to slumfilmfestival@gmail.com.

All applicants are requested to supply a film poster (in PDF or JPEG format, A3 portrait).

The Slum Film festival judges reserve the right to exclude from the festival any short films that they decree incite violence or bigotry (this does not mean that the films cannot contain violence).

Submitted films will be entered into those categories chosen by the entrant.
Entrants of shortlisted films agree that their submitted films can be included in a Festival DVD, for sale to the general public, the proceeds of which will be invested in future festival editions.

SFF does not charge entry fees for any of its screenings nor does it charge film entry fee.

For more information and to download the online entry form visit the SFF website