The annual Eko International Film Festival has been officially endorsed by the Lagos State Government. The Film Festival is currently on her 4th edition coming up 18-23 November, 2013. This year’s Eko International Film Festival theme is: Nollywood in the Global Film Market
Hope Obioma Opara
President/ Founder Eko International Film Festival
Receiving the endorsement from the Ministry of Tourism and Inter governmental affairs.
The President of Eko International Film Festival Mr. Hope Obioma Opara expressed his appreciation over the endorsement and pledged to work with his team in realizing this dream of building a big film festival in this mega city of Lagos. He stated that there is no way a film festival can be well recognized at the global level without the endorsement and support from the host state and the country at large, because film festival outside the direct film business is a platform that can be used to explore the tourism potentials of a country and bring in direct investment to the state and the country in general. In his interaction with Barr Mrs A.A Agbamiloja, who represented the Commissioner for Tourism and Intergovernmental Relations, he assured the government that the next level is to bring the world film market to Lagos. Having the backing of the host state is a mile stone in establishing an international film festival in every city of the world.
Yinka Akanbi ( Festival Director Ekoiff)
The Objectives of the film festival:
Seeks to raise the standards and quality of the Nigerian film industry to the extent that it elevates the industry to world class status.
To put Lagos and Nigeria on the world map as an international center for arts and global film market.
Promote the country’s economy and tourism potential by creating opportunities for international co-productions and distribution, thus bringing the world film market to Nigeria.
The benefits of Eko International Film Festival would be immense from the attraction of local and foreign investments and the attraction of international tourists to the tourist destinations in Lagos.
Currently submissions are being received from different countries like Iran, Serbia, Holland, South Africa, Germany, France, Spain, United Kingdom, USA, Nigeria and Nigerians in Diaspora and we are still receiving till October 15, 2013.
Hope Obioma Opara
Eko International Film Festival
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