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As Real-Time Film Festival Debuts With ‘Behind The Wheels’

Posted: Sep 24, 2016 at 5:57 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Yemi Adebisi

The Realtime Film Festival – a sort of exhibition founded by and for independent filmmakers who seek to express themselves through showcasing of the mastery of their craft – will have the maiden edition taking place from September 29 to October 3, 2016.

The Festival, which is a celebration of artistic excellence, will bring together cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers and artistes from across the world to discover the richness of Nigerian culture and tourism and also experience an unforgettable collection of cross–cultural films.

At a press briefing in Lagos, Festival Artistic Director and multiple award winning filmmaker, Stanlee Ohikhuare, announced that 800 films were submitted for consideration for the festival from 60 different countries both on the Festival website and on FilmFreeway.

The Festival Industry Head and exceptional film producer/director Tope Oshin says he is optimistic of the readiness of the organisers to host storytellers from around the globe.

“So far, we have over 800 Film submissions from 60 different countries out of which 55 Movies have been selected for screening over a four day period. We shall employ the use of current Technology to achieve the Real-Time attribute of the Festival, making it possible for film makers and enthusiasts alike to participate remotely.”

Also, the Festival will feature the world premiere of the movie tagged “Nollywwod’s most controversial movie” -Behind The Wheels, directed by Stanlee Ohikhuare, at the New African Shrine making history as the first feature film to be screened at the esteemed African cultural centre.

Heading the jury for this year’s festival is Bayo Awala who will be bringing years of experience as into the Festival’s  scrutiny of diverse film expressions in ensuring credibility of the eventual outcome based on recommendations by the International Judges from the USA, Nigeria and Australia.

On the panel are – Animator, Michael Loeck (USA); Lighting Designer and Director of photography, Christian Epps (USA); Filmmaker and Festival organizer, Jef Gray (USA); Documentary filmmaker, Femi Odugbemi (NIGERIA); Music composer  Aaron Latina (USA); Filmmaker Janelle Meager (AUSTRALIA) and ace photographer, Phillip Trimnell (NIGERIA).

Kicking off on Thursday, September 29 at Silverbird Cinemas, Ikeja Mall, the opening film will be screened between 9.00a.m and 12.00 noon after which more films will be shown at the NERDC Conference Centre, Agindingbi, Ikeja (opposite the African Shrine) where the Master classes will also commence same day.

The Festival will close on Sunday with a Festival Awards Night where veteran Nigeria filmmakers, who have not been accorded their due tributes will be celebrated and honoured.