Movie producers in Nigeria have been advised to churn out quality films that portray the country in the good limelight in global space.
A group comprising of women and different organizations made the disclosure while speaking with journalists in Abuja.
The Premier Women’s International Film Festival Nigeria (WIFFEN), which is presented by Girls Voices Initiative’s Girl Nation Academy in partnership with the French Embassy and other partners will present a program designed for female filmmakers and other stakeholders in Nigeria and around the world.
The program will include discussions, masterclasses, and screening of short, animation, and documentary films from the collection of films that were selected from over 3000 film submissions from over 130 countries of the world. The screening of the films and other festival activities will be free to members of the public.
Speaking while briefing Journalist in Abuja, the Festival Director Carolyn Seaman, said the film festival is targeting the development of women such that they are able to produce films of good quality.
She added that the platform will create an opportunity where women are able to bridge the gap of producing films that do not portray the country in the bad limelight.
“The program is targeting women in different aspects of life. We all know that women are often disadvantaged. This is a global issue, we want to bring a platform for women to showcase their skills to reach the public.”
“We are trying to project the image of women so that they are able to bridge a gap in the country. The festival is key to our national development, and we are determined that they must be produced by women with good quality production.”
The Festival Showrunner Stephanie Odia said the film festival will provide an opportunity for female producers to project value-driven stories into society.
“When it comes to producing quality movies, women are usually good storytellers, and we are utilizing the film festival to project the nation in the positive limelight. We are tired of the old narrative. The project is also meant to tackle the issue of underfunding in society. We want to tell more punchy and laudable stories that will enhance our national development”.
The premier edition of the film festival is scheduled to open on the 4th of March 2022, while on the 5th of March there will be the WIFFEN award ceremony. It will be a grand celebration of female filmmakers to mark International Women’s Day and Women’s Month.