Nollywood in Hollywood’- an annual showcase of the best three Nigerian films to the Hollywood film industry, Nigerians in the Diaspora and cinema audiences will hold a presentation event on Tuesday in Lagos.
Nollywood in Hollywood’ is being held alongside the School of Cinematic Arts of the University of Southern California and the American Cinematheque, operators of the historic Egyptian Theatre.
Two Nollywood movies, ‘King of Boys’ and ‘Up North’, were selected for screening at the second edition of the showcase.
Highlights include seminars, training programs and networking.
It’s founder, Nigerian-American filmmaker, Ose Oyamendan, explains that the rationale behind the initiative was to make Nigeria a top destination for filmmakers across the world.
“The idea first came up a few years ago but I was not interested because frankly, I don’t work in Nollywood and I saw no benefit in it for me. But then, the South Africans come to town, put up a show with no Hollywood affiliation and shut down the town.
“Since then, productions are flying to South Africa, trainings are flying to South Africa, studios and networks are building facilities there, their actors and filmmakers are here a lot, everyone thinks South Africa is Africa,” Oyamendan, a Hollywood-based Nigerian-American filmmaker noted.
The event is open to select industry guests, partners, and sponsors from Hollywood, the foreign media, political, economic and civic leaders, celebrities, and Nigerians in the Diaspora.
The inaugural edition which held in March 2018, featured the screenings of Nollywood blockbusters ‘Isoken’, ‘93 Days’ and ‘The Bridge’ to packed houses.