Author: Ikeade

23 quality low-budget independent films screened at the just concluded The Annual Film Mischief tagged as “Less is More”. While we could not catch every screening during the 4-day event, there are some stars—faces starring in front of the camera and steering the story behind the camera—that film lovers should look forward to seeing on their screens as they gradually break into the mainstream fold. In no particular order, our festival correspondents made a list of 3 directors and 4 actresses.  The Annual Film Mischief 2022 Awards: ‘Songs of Ubong’ Wins Grand Cheese Prize, Kelvin Amamize Takes Top Writing Prize…

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TNC Africa, the year-old digital-focused TV production company, continues its meteoric growth as it’s just been recognised by one of the most prestigious entertainment awards in Africa, the AMVCA (Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards) during last Saturday’s event. TNC Africa’s productions Little Black Book and My Name is A-Zed are nominated for best TV series of the year while Little Black Book also snagged a best writer nomination. The writing credits for Little Black Book include Abosi Ogba, Olawale Adetula, Lydia Idakula Sobogun, Belinda Yanga Agedah, and Sally Kenneth Dadzie who’s the award-winning writer of the book the series is…

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Akorede Azeez is a Nigerian filmmaker, one of the six finalists of the Netflix-UNESCO short film competition. She has been a Film Rats Club member for two years, a space with like-minded filmmakers and enthusiasts, where her eyes have been open to more intellectual discourse about filmmaking. Her short film, Play—drawing inspiration from family life and the pandemic—screened at the just concluded Annual Film Mischief. Akorede Azeez, who, as a finalist, will have her folktale short debut on Netflix later this year, strongly believes in diverse stories and opportunity for all, hopes to explore aspects of the human condition as…

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Working as a co-producer on the most decorated Nollywood film of 2021, Eyimofe— a cheese pick at The Annual Film Mischief— Adé Sultan Sangodoyin shares stage-by-stage lessons that participating filmmakers can learn from the Esiri Brothers-directed film. Sangodoyin is no stranger in Nollywood; he has worked in various capacities—assistant director (Omugwo), production assistant (October 1) and art director (The CEO)— across multiple Kunle Afolayan projects. In a statement director Chuko Esiri reiterated during a Q&A session at the opening night of The Annual Film Mischief (Lagos edition), Adé Sultan Sangodoyin also shares similar memories as to how the creative partnership…

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Taiwo Egunjobi, the director of In Ibadan and All Na Vibes, is the director of The Annual Film Mischief that will run from Mar. 17- 20. Serving as the inaugural director of The Annual Film Mischief is a writer, director and, most importantly, a staunch cinephile who never shies away from sharing how essential storycraft—an element many pay lesser attention to— should be in the industry. Beyond this principal element, the other criteria that were used in selecting the 24 competing films are broken down by Taiwo Egunjobi, an indie filmmaker who is also a member of the Film Rats…

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March promises a nice blend of movies and TV offerings across cinemas and streaming platforms, albeit not in abundance. Highly anticipated returning series, Atlanta, Bridgerton and Top Boy, all premiere this month. Highlight of New Films in March Against the Ice; Nikolaj Coster-Waldau stars in a based on a true story survival movie. Release date: March 2, on Netflix. The Batman; Matt Reeves arrives with his own version of Gotham City’s caped crusader starring Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz. Release date: March 4, in cinemas.The American King; Starring Akon and Nse Ikpe-Etim, when a High Priestess arrives to fulfill a…

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4 premium Nollywood movies are set to be released on March 8 on Afrocinema, a virtual cinema platform by ACOMART Media group (a global content acceleration, aggregation, and monetization platform for Afrocentric content headquartered in Delaware, United States). Starring household faces like Mawuli Gavor, Rachel Oniga, Sola Sobowale, Meg Otanwa, Bukky Wright and Odunlade Adekola, these films touch a wide range of themes that are embedded in Nigerian society. See the full list below. Film Mischief 2022: Tolulope Itegboje, James Omokwe, Ifeanyi Chidi Barbara and Damilola Orimogunje Named Jury at Film Rats Club’s Innaugural Film Festival Directed by Femi Faks,…

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The inaugural edition of The Annual Film Mischief is forging ahead with its planned hybrid festival format for quality low-budget independent films in Nollywood, running from March 17-20. Today, Film Rats Club, the initiative behind the festival founded by Chukwu Martin, unveiled its full lineup, schedule and jury members. The lineup includes the screening of critically-acclaimed Eyimofe (festival opener), Tomisin Adepeju’s The Appreciation, Paul Utomi’s Country Hard (festival closer), Chukwu Martin’s Mr Gbenga’s Hard Drive, Taiwo Egunjobi’s (festival director) In Ibadan, Korede Azeez’s (a shortlisted candidate for the Netflix-UNESCO short film prize) Play, amongst other projects that include a number…

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Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi, one of Nigeria’s most decorated on-air personalities and celebrity entrepreneurs, has been appointed as co-founder and co-executive producer of TNC Africa, one of Africa’s most promising media and entertainment startups. TNC Africa, co-led by Olawale Adetula, is behind web series like My Name is A-Zed, Little Black Book and Our Best Friend’s Wedding, a rom-com series that also starred Olateru-Olagbegi. The former OAP also starred in Heaven Baby, a short film directed by Damilola Orimogunje which screened at NollywoodWeek 2021. Nollywood Web Series Love Mania: Is This a Cycle? Our Best Friend’s Wedding Character Poster. Via TNC Africa…

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The Oscar nominations for the 94th Academy Awards were announced by Tracee Ellis Ross and Leslie Jordan. Among the 2022 Oscar nominees, The Power of the Dog received the most nominations with 12, including best picture, best director for Jane Campion, and in the acting categories for Benedict Cumberbatch and supporting actors like Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Dune, sci-fi spectacle by Denis Villeneuve, is closely behind with 10 nominations. Other 2022 Oscar nominees with multiple nominations include Branagh’s B/W Belfast, and Spielberg’s musical remake West Side Story. The Oscars 2022 will air on Monday, March 28, 2022…

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