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A Nollywood Film Festival Grows In Paris

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Nollywood cinema will not be denied, as it continues to expand its reach and awareness in the international marketplace, filling every existing nook and cranny. There's an audience for Nollywood cinema (or, at least a curiosity, in light of all the recent attention the Nigerian film industry has been getting), all over the world, it seems.

All-the-better I say, especially as the industry seems to be at somewhat of an identity crossroads, or maybe developing more of split in personality, under all this unprecedented scrutiny, as some Nollywood filmmakers push for a more internationally-competitive brand of Nollywood cinema, while others are content with the status quo.

In recent years, Nollywood-specific film festivals have been launched in different parts of the world, most recently, in Brazil, and you'll find existing festivals adding Nollywood sidebars to their lineups.

While we wait for a Nollywood delegation to invade the Cannes Film Festival in the South of France, I think this might be the first Nollywood-specific film festival in the country - at least, in its capital, Paris.

It launches on May 30, and will run through June 2, with a lineup that includes some of the most-talked about Nollywood films of the last 12 months, like: Phone Swap by Kunle Afolayan; Maami by Tunde Kelani (although I'm not sure he considers himself a Nollywood filmmaker); Ijé by Chineze Anyaene; and Last Flight to Abuja by Obi Emelonye.

Details on the first annual NollywoodWeek Paris Film Festival via press release below:

A Nollywood Film Festival Grows In Paris, France (May 30 - June 2) | Shadow and Act
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