The French Consul-General, Mr. Francois Sastourne, has announced that the Nollywood Week Film Festival will be held in Paris between June 5 and 8, 2014. He made the statement during a recent private VIP cocktail party held at his private residence in Lagos.
The event was well attended by top Nollywood actors, directors, producers as well as the media, international investors and creative artists.
Also, in attendance were the directors and actors whose films will be screened at the forthcoming festival, as well as a number of seasoned festival directors.
Sastourne said some of the shortlisted films included Kenneth Gyang’s award winning movie, Confusion Na Wa; Biyi Bandele’s Half of a Yellow Sun and Daniel Oriahi’s Misfit.
Others are Michelle Bello’s Flower Girl and Journey to Self, which was directed by Tope Oshin-Ogun.
The much -anticipated announcement of the new official selection to be showcased in a Parisian theatre was just one of the many highlights of the evening.
The first edition of Nollywood Week Paris was held from May 30 to June 2, 2013 at the Cinema l’Arlequin in Paris, France.
It attracted over 1,500 international spectators from around the world. In addition to having access to the most recent and talked about films from Nigeria on the big screen (seven titles in total), festival attendees also had the opportunity to network with Nigerian actors, directors as well as French movie professionals.
After the four-day event, Parisians celebrated Nigerian cinema and voted Kunle Afolayan’s, Phone Swap, as the Public Choice Award winner at the festival. The organisers say the large demand from the spectators and directors alike necessitated the second edition.