Get ready for the cinematic extravaganza as the 4th edition of the Eastern Nigeria International Film Festival (ENIFF) is set to unfold in the vibrant Coal city of Enugu. Promising to be bigger and better than ever, the festival will grace the cultural landscape from November 21 to 25, 2023.
On the opening day of ENIFF 2023, the film Mami wata, Nigeria’s nomination for the Oscars by CJ Obasi will screen at Enugu’s top notch Viva cinema amongst the 36 films from 20 countries in a line up selected by erudite judges led by Dr Ezinne Ezepue.
Tailor made master classes and workshops designed by ENIFF 2023 offers skills and knowledge to filmmakers.
These sessions will be led by senior industry executives, including Femi Odugbemi, Ego Boyo, Emeka Mba, Jahman Anikulapo, Frank Nweke Jnr, Chiege Alisigwe, Ujuaku Akukwe and a host of others. Previous facilitators include Obi Asika, Kene Mkparu and Mark Holden.
These opportunities for learning and networking will undoubtedly enrich the festival experience.
Late foremost film maker Amaka Igwe will receive the legend award post humously just like Chief Pete Edochie won the Lifetime achievement award in the 2022 Edition.
Festival Director Lorenzo Menakaya says With a record number of submissions, support and partnerships with organisations that share its passion for film and cultural exchange including Enugu state government, United States Consulate General Lagos, Afia TV, Nigeria International Film and TV Summit, BossLady Law, and Solotone Ventures, ENIFF 2023 promises to be an exceptional experience.
According to Kosi Nwoba Festival organiser, these collaborations help create a dynamic platform that celebrates diversity and fosters creative connections.
Co-founders of ENIFF Ujuaku Nwakalor Akukwe and Chris Odili, in a joint press statement stated “ENIFF will once again take center stage in Enugu, celebrating the vibrant world of cinema while honouring the remarkable contributions of the Southeast region of Nigeria to the history of filmmaking on the African continent and beyond.
The duo noted that since inception in 2020, ENIFF has become a global platform for filmmakers, attracting over five thousand submissions from creative talents around the world, including Oscar award-winning Israeli-born filmmaker Guy Nattiv and other first-time filmmakers.
“More than just a film festival, ENIFF is a catalyst for societal change and a nexus for cultural unity.
For film stakeholders and enthusiasts, all roads lead to Enugu for an extraordinary celebration of cinema.
By Fred Iwenjiora