The organizers of the Abuja International Film Festival (AIFF) have announced that everything is ready for the 19th edition of the event, which is set to take place at the prestigious Silverbird Cinemas Abuja and two other centers in the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory, from October 31. to November 3, 2022.
Standing under the theme The Digital Revolution – Harnessing the Potentials of Online Streaming and Content Downloads, Millicent Bassey, Festival Communications Manager, said the theme was chosen to reveal the opportunities and challenges inherent in digital revolution. global digital cinema arena of which Nigeria is a major player.
“As the global film industry moves towards a new digital revolution in online streaming and content downloads, it has become timely to discuss the new storytelling traditions used by filmmakers to captivate viewers online,” a- he declared.
Hailed as the longest-running film festival in Anglophone West Africa, AIFF received a total of 1,771 films from 87 countries, while around 91 films and filmmakers respectively made the final selection for 2022.
Festival director Temitope Duker, who spoke about the activities planned for the festival, pointed out that festival regulars like screenings, masterclasses, panel discussions, parties and the big closing night event, where honors will go to deserving films and filmmakers will star this year.
“A hygiene short is also listed for this year’s event and it’s sponsored by HYPO bleach,” Duker said, adding that some of this year’s films have themed content on gender and social issues. from various countries. including Nepal, Poland, USA, South Africa, India, China, Jordan, Canada, Tanzania, Brazil, Egypt and Nigeria among many others.
The festival director also confirmed that, unlike the 2021 edition which only had 1171 entries, with 92 selected for screenings and 42 nominated for possible prizes, the 2022 edition has more entries of more than nations across the globe with Nigeria accounting for 35 percent of the total admissions.
Duker hinted that the activities of the 20th edition of the festival will be unveiled during this 19th edition with the launch of the Score Nollywood Hall of Fame and Museum in Abuja.
The films nominated in the feature category are Enough of The Silence by Andy Amenechi, Strain by Uduak Obong Patrick, Sin City by Muyiwa Ademola, What Happened in St. James by Marc Adebisin, Obsession by Chidiebere Emmanuel, The Troubled One by Vigil Chime and Alaise by Edgar Leroy.