The Nollywood Travel festival is in its maiden edition, and it packs both old films and new films, they will all be showing in Toronto. The initiative seeks to promote films by Nigerians living all over the world to new and existing global audiences with the aim of creating new market places for Nigerian cinema.
Founder of Nollywood Travel Film Festival, Mykel Parish said the unprecedented acceptance of Nigerian films by non-Africans at the 2016 edition of TIFF, was an evidence of breath of fresh air for the movie lovers, hence the need to feed the thirst of other continents with Nollywood contents. Screening through the maiden edition of Nollywood Travel Film Festival is scheduled to take place from September 12 to 16 in Toronto.
These are the films that will be screening at the Nollywood Travel film Festival
Catch.er: in “Catch.er,” director, Walter Banger reunites with his cast from Gbomo Gbomo Express and gives them another thrilling crime drama script to work with. It is the story of an ambitious career woman who is found murdered on her wedding anniversary and her husband becomes the prime suspect. A police investigation unearths others in her life that may also have a strong motive.
Produced and directed by Walter ‘Waltbanger’ Taylaur, the upcoming thriller based on an original story titled “The Chase Game’ by Tunde Apalowo. Catch.er features OC Ukeje, Blossom Chukuwujekwu, Beverley Naya, Alexx Ekubo, Gbenro Ajibade, Omowunmi Dada, Wofai Fada, Kiki Omeili and Tope Tedela.
Waiting For Hassana: Now this is a film I would really love to see. Written and directed by Ifunanya Maduka (Divines, Burning Sands), the film documents the 2014 abduction of 276 teenage girls in Chibok. By dawn, nearly all had disappeared and their school was burned to the ground. The documentary stars Jessica, an escapee, who shares her haunting account of a friendship violently interrupted by Boko Haram.
Still Water Runs Deep: Abbesi Akhamie is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts (Dream school!) and he directs and writes “Still Water Runs Deep.” The short film tells the story of a father who must withstand his emotions and preserve his pride when his estranged son goes missing. Lala Akindoju serves as Producer, and it features Toyin Oshinaike, Rita Edward and Yemi Adebiyi.
Kada River: In the midst of an age long rivalry between two warring towns, Jerome and Nadia hold on to their young love in a bid to restore peace and save their tribes from an ungrounded hate. Bayra Mcwizu, Chris Okagbue, Joke Silva feature in this one, and it is directed by Toka McBaror.
Esohe: “Esohe” is a story of undying love, unflinching loyalty, deviously woven intrigues and traditions.
Gary Barbar, Marine Transportation Management teacher is a troubled man. His entire life and aspirations hinge on finding the truth and meaning behind the nightmares, violent flashes of visions of a past that he knows nothing about. He expects to find answers as he journeys to his fatherland but he is totally unprepared for the complications awaiting him in Benin as the reincarnation of Ifagbai, the rejected son of Akukuo Eghosa, the great warrior, who must be reunited with his love from time past, Esohe. The story is by Charles Uwagbai and Efetobore Ayeteni with the screenplay by Bimbo Manuel and Sfx.
The Encounter by Tolulope Ajayi; Ireti by Tope Oshin; Meet My Parents by Lonzo Nzekwe; Silence by Tolulope Ajayi and No Good Turn by Udoka Oyeka are some of the short films that will be screening at this year’s festival.
Other feature length films are 10 Days in Sun City, Lotanna, Lost in London, Excess Luggage, Esohe, Mansoor, Oloibiri, Unveil, Slow Country, and Alter Ego
We are eager to see what film will find an excited audience!