Welcome to the Nigerian Film Festival 2017!
2015 was our inaugural year and this year promises to be more exciting, educational and exciting. The Nigerian Film Festival is an event that brings internationally recognized film makers to the college community in America. The Film Festival will take place February 2017 at starting at Manhattan College in the Bronx February 7th and St. Francis College February 8th & 9th in Brooklyn. If you are interested in adding your college or university to the
2017 calendar do not hesitate to call or email us.
This year promises to be a treat as we bring to you some of Nollywood’s most dynamic emerging young film makers from Nigeria, telling their stories with courage, grit and tenacity. Nollywood is the term used to refer to the Nigerian Film Industry which boast of being the second largest film producing industry in the world!
Our featured filmmaker for 2017 is Lancelot Imasuen, a veteran filmmaker that has worked in the industry since 1999 mainly as a film director and producer. He currently lives in Lagos. His films feature unexplored aspects of the African experience including tribalism, witchcraft, crime, poverty, religion, and folk beliefs.
After each day join us for an informative and power packed panel discussion. Our invited guests will be Professors, Nollywood Filmmakers and US Film Industry Professionals and Industry Executives.
This film series will provide an opportunity for our audience to go on a journey of present day African themed films. The films shown will give our audience the opportunity to share the realities of today’s Nigeria and get a sense of “what’s really happening on the continent”. The festival will also open up the possibilities of business opportunities between US based professionals and Nigeria.
The Nigerian Film Festival is dedicated to the memory of my mentor and friend Jonathan P. Hicks.
Jonathan P. Hicks, at the time of his death, was a senior national correspondent for BET.com and prior to that was a business and political reporter for the New York Times for 24 years. Early in 2014, Jonathan Hicks told me he was coming to Africa for his annual J. P. Hicks Family Mass Communication Scholarship, which helps finance studies at the University of Liberia for aspiring Liberian journalists. While in Africa, he wanted to come to Nigeria to not only visit but to interview Nollywood Filmmakers for Black Entertainment Television (BET). He instructed me to find the filmmakers and have them ready for the interview upon his arrival in Nigeria.
If you know Jonathan Hicks you know that if he gives you an assignment you have to do a thorough job. So I started meeting and talking to filmmakers in Lagos to identify the ones Jonathan would interview
When Jonathan arrived in Lagos we went to interview our first film aker who was the talented and beautiful Ms. Michelle Bello CEO of Blu Star Entertainment. The interview was amazing but by the end of the interview Jonathan was tired and needed to rest, because while doing all this work Jonathan was battling pancreatic cancer and the rigors of chemo therapy all while having being giving only 6 months to live an unbelievable 2 years earlier.
Jonathan Hicks returned back to the US and a few months later passed November 3, 2014.
The Nigerian Film Festival was born from Jonathan Hicks last assignment to me: to share the Nollywood story with America. This journey so far has been amazing with tremendous support from different groups and individuals that see the potential of our vision to help build bridges between Africa and America that will aid in the exchange of culture and business opportunities.