TIFF 2016: Eight Nollywood Films Make The Cut

…Plus onstage appearances by Genevieve Nnaji & Kunle Afolayan

Eight Nollywood feature films have been picked to showcase Lagos at the 41st Toronto International Film Festival (September 8-18, 2016) in the eighth edition of the City to City programme. The spotlight at this year’s edition of TIFF is on Lagos. ‘City to City showcases filmmakers living and working in a selected city, regardless of where their films are set.’

The choice of Lagos according to Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, is because: “Hundreds of films are made every year in Lagos for a voracious audience around the world.”

The films featuring in the City to City programme are: ’76 (Izu Ojukwu), The Arbitration (Niyi Akinmolayan), Taxi Driver (Oko Ashewo by Daniel Emeke Oriahi), Just Not Married (Uduak-Obong-Patrick), Okafor’s Law (Omoni Oboli), Green White Green (Abba Makama), The Wedding Party (Kemi Adetiba), 93 Days (Steve Gukas).

“This year we’ve also added an international component to our TIFF Rising Stars programme, and here we will spotlight two up-and-coming actors from Lagos: OC Ukeje and Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama,” adds Bailey. “The two Rising Stars will take part in a series of specialized programming, seminars, and workshops at the Festival, organized by TIFF’s Industry team.

Actor, film producer, and singer Genevieve Nnaji and actor, film producer, and director Kunle Afolayan will also join audiences for a unique and intimate discussion as part of the Festival’s In Conversation With… programme.”

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