3rd Eko International Film Festival Pulls More Crowds on Closing Day

The third Eko International Film Festival closed with an impressive audience Saturday night as Michael Oke’s white guy dating black girl love story ?Foreign Love and the world premiere of C.J. Obasi’s Jim & Joan attracted more people than the opening day as the crowd of movie lovers and others who came to the event left satisfied and commended the organizers, Supple Communications Limited.

Aloysius Onyejegbu, Nollywood actor and Festival Coordinator of Eko International Film Festival smiling beside Mr. Fidelis Duker, prolific Nollywood filmmaker and Founder/CEO of Abuja International Film Festival with President of Eko International Film Festival Mr. Hope Obioma Opara and Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, Founder/Festival Director of Eko International Film Festival on the opening day at the atrium of the Silverbird Galleria on Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.

People at the atrium of the Silverbird Galleria on the opening day of the 3rd Eko International Film Festival Saturday evening November 5, 2012.

From the inaugural edition in 2010 to the third edition, Eko International Film Festival has attracted top film-makers from the host country Nigeria, the US and Europe such as the multiple awards winning documentary film-maker and political rights activist Iara Lee, the Korean born Brazilian whose latest documentary film The Suffering Grasses on the current Syrian Crisis was seen in West Africa for the first time and rated as the best documentary feature of the film festival ahead of the multiple awards winning Project Happiness of Randy Taran and John Sorensen and other good documentaries in the official selection of the third Eko International Film Festival. The opening film Nicolas Wadimoff’s Operation Libertad was the most outstanding feature. Noel Gálvez’S Blue Sheep was rated as the most outstanding short documentary for its profound illustration of the triumph of the human spirit in spite of the challenges of survival in a hostile environment as shown in the magical story between a documentary and a fictional plot set in Villamayor de Campos in Zamora (Spain) where many neighbours are affected by Cancer, caused by an energy tower.

Mr. Hope Obioma Opara with two Heineken hostesses.

Niji Akanni’s Heroes & Zeroes was rated as the most outstanding Nigerian film and also the most entertaining for the audience ahead of Foreign Love by American based Nigerian filmmaker Michael Oke. CJ Obasi’s debut Jim & Joan was the most daring and scary film at the film festival with hints of Lars von Trier’s outrageous expressionism that the young Nigerian filmmaker said has influenced his themes.

What makes a successful film festival is the quality of the content and over ninety percent of the 22 films screened at the third edition of the film festival have been award winning films at other major international film festivals in Europe, US and Asia. But any film festival is not complete without film workshops and film markets for filmmakers, distributors and others and they have been missing at every edition of the Eko International Film Festival. And competitions have been excluded for now, because of lack of funds and inadequate logistics. The much publicized maiden Nollywood Divas Awards that would have been the high point of the third Eko International Film Festival was postponed until further notice, because the organizers did not receive the cooperation of the Actors Guild of Nigeria ((AGN) due to factional disagreements and petty rivalries among the members who have been boycotting the film festival after their attempts to dictate to the organizers failed.

One of the top nominees of the Nollywood Divas Awards Rita Dominic the best actress at the 2012 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) and another nominee were seen at the 2012 Kuramo Conference same Saturday night at the Conference Centre of Eko Hotel & Suites International and they wondered how the organizers could launch the awards without any formal invitation given to the 20 nominees.
“The organizers have not done the right thing, that is why we cannot attend the film festival,” said one of them.

But Mr. Hope Obioma Opara, President of Eko International Film Festival said he actually invited everyone of them through a formal official letter of invitation addressed to Ibinabo Fiberisima, President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) which was the right thing to do. In fact, he also met with former president of the AGN, Ejike Asiegbu and Zik Zulu Okafor, President of the Association of Movie Producers (AMP) months ago, but internal disputes caused by different interest groups in the guilds have made him to postpone the Nollywood Divas Awards till 2013.

“We are still going to launch the maiden Nollywood Divas Awards sponsored as a separate event before the next Eko International Film Festival,” said Mr. Opara.
He thanked Heineken, Silverbird Cinemas, Silverbird TV, Galaxy TV, National Mirror, Daily Sun, The Nation, The Guardian, Entertainment Express, Daily Champion, OnoBello and others for their cooperation and support to make the third Eko International Film Festival a successful event and increasing his determination to improve the standards in the future editions regardless of the challenges.


3rd Eko International Film Festival Opens in Lagos

3rd Eko International Film Festival Opens in Lagos

The 3rd Eko International Film Festival (EKOIFF) celebrating Nollywood Divas opened Monday evening at the prestigious Silverbird Galleria on Victoria Island in the coastal mega city of Lagos.
The 6 day event attracted movie buffs and the Nigerian news media with a reception sponsored by Heineken Nigeria at the atrium of the Silverbird Galleria.
The Lagos State government was represented by Mr. Wale Adeniji from the office of the Commissioner for Tourism and Inter-Government Relations. Other special guests included Mr. Fidelis Duker the Founder/CEO of Abuja International Film Festival and others from within Nigeria and abroad.

The opening film Operation Libertad was premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, directed by Swiss director Nicolas Wadimoff. There will be screenings of over 22 selected films from multiple award winning filmmakers from host country Nigeria, Spain, USA, UK, Austria, France, Argentina, Haiti and Mozambique.

The 3rd Eko International Film Festival is supported by the Silverbird Group, Heineken Nigeria, Starcom Media, Supple Communications Limited, International Digital Post Network and other partners and sponsors.

The daily festival pass in only N2, 000 per person and available at the venue.

The annual Eko International Film Festival (EKOIFF) is Nigeria’s leading international film festival in the coastal mega city of Lagos in south western Nigeria.It was founded in 2009 by Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima and Hope Obioma Opara and duly registered in the same year.

The mission of Eko International Film Festival is to promote the appreciation of Arts and Culture through the motion picture arts and sciences and boost tourism in the global village.

Eko International Film festival is organized by Supple Communications Limited, the publishers of Supple magazine, the first film festivals and culture magazine in Africa showing previews and reviews of movies and interviews 24 hours daily is on www.supplemagazine.org.

The inaugural edition was held in the mega city of Lagos in summer, July 7-12, 2010, at the Genesis Deluxe Cinemas of The Palms in Lekki, Lagos, with filmmakers from Nigeria, Kenya, UK, Germany, France, Spain and America. The second edition was held in July 2011 at the Silverbird Cinemas of the Silverbird Galleria on Victoria Island, Lagos.
The third edition is coming up from November 5-10, 2012.

Silverbird Group Supports 3rd Eko International Film Festival

Silverbird Group, the leading entertainment and media organization in Africa is again supporting the annual Eko International Film Festival for the third edition after collaborating with the organizers Supple Communications Limited for the successful second edition in 2011.

Silverbird Group is a wholly Nigerian owned company established in 1980, to provide contemporary family entertainment. It was started by a dynamic and visionary entrepreneur – Ben Murray-Bruce.

Silverbird Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria

The Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) pageant originally began as Miss Universe Nigeria in 1983, created by Silverbird Group and renamed Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria in 1986. Winners represent Nigeria in Miss World, Miss Universe and other international beauty pageants and in 2001, the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria reigning queen Agbani Darego, OON, became the first Black African Miss World.

Silverbird FM Radio Network

Silverbird revolutionized FM Radio in Nigeria in 1997 when it set up Silverbird’s Rhythm 93.7 FM, Lagos. In 2002 and 2003, radio stations were established in Abuja and Port Harcourt respectively. Silverbird’s Rhythm 93.7 FM is now a nationwide FM radio network in Nigeria.

Silverbird Television Dream Network

The Silverbird Television (STV) commenced transmission in Lagos in 2003, and was voted the most entertaining TV station in 2005 and now in Abuja and other states in the Silverbird TV Dream Network. In 2004, Silverbird opened the prestigious Silverbird Galleria, an international Shopping Mall on Victoria Island in Lagos.

Silverbird Cinemas

The Silverbird Cinemas, the first 5- screens Cineplex in sub-Saharan Africa opened at the Silverbird Galleria in 2004 and also a Silverbird 6 – screen cinema in the Accra Mall, Ghana, and another 4- screen cinema in Nairobi, Kenya. And more cinemas have been added in Nigeria and other countries.

Silverbird Film Distribution

The Silverbird Group also has the Silverbird Film Distribution limited, an independent film distributor of theatrical films. Established in July 2007, Silverbird film distribution ltd, has earned a reputation as a trusted partner in the film supply chain services industry.
Silverbird Film Distribution continues to be the resource for some of the most invigorating voices in modern cinema. Our quest is to engage an ever-expanding audience with a rich variety of films that range from box office hits to academy award winning dramas and comedies.