Nollywood movies earn nomination for UK film festival award


Six movies have been selected for honour at the final of the 2019 UK Nollywood Film Festival (UKNFF), organised by the UK Nollywood Producers Guild.

The festival, which holds between October 4 and 5 in London, is aimed at empowering and showcasing the work of independent filmmakers, especially those from the African descent.

The Publicity Director of UK Nollywood Producers Guild, Marc Adebesin listed the films by different directors as; Dear Bayo by Inoh Umoren, Nimbe by Seun Dania, The Birth by Abbey Lanre, Last Request by James Abinibi, A date with my husband by Okey Zubelu and Kissing Shadow by Chinedu Omorie.

Four categories
According to Adebesin, awards will be presented in four categories- best African Feature Film, Best African Indigenous (Native Language), Best African Documentary and Best African Short Film.

The President of the Guild, Mr Malcolm Benson said that the festival, in its 2nd edition, was to appreciate and highlight the resilience shown by Nollywood filmmakers and other stakeholders in the industry.

“As a community, we need to remember where we come from, how we started and look forward to where we are going.

“It will take discipline, courage, consistency and enthusiasm amongst other things to build an industry. Though it may seem far fetched, rough and rugged, it is by no means inevitable,” he said.

Benson said that the CEO of Benalex Media, a film production company based in the United Kingdom would also be honoured at the event.

The 2019 UKNFF“would screen multiple selected films from across the world in two days, with special workshops at different venues.


Olajumoke Adeleke