2018 Annual ZUMA Film Festival (ZUFF)
The 2018 annual ZUMA Film Festival (ZUFF), Nigeria’ t foremost film fiesta, has ended having a closing ceremony and gala honours night.
The News Company of Nigeria (NAN) reports which the grand finale was held at the Worldwide Conference Centre in Abuja, along with local and international filmmakers, stars, industry
watchers as well as other key stakeholders in attendance.
As expected, the last night of the particular 7– day fiesta saw the particular crè me de la crè me of the entertainment industry sophistication the red carpet, which forwent performances and presentation of honours.
It was a nights glitz and glamour, in vibrant and festive ambience, which characterizes gala nights, as series of impressive performances by different artistes strike the stage.
Higher point of the ceremony was the display of competitive and non-competitive types of awards, a feat every filmmaker and star look forward to in movie festivals.
Mr Afolabi Adesanya, Chairman of the six-member court for the ZUFF 2018 said, throughout the presentation of the Jury Report, the festival received a total of three or more, 069 submissions from thirty-five nations.
Adesanya explained that will film entries were subsequently in house screened and pre-selected and ninety two films in diverse categories had been recommended to the Jury for adjudication.
“ One special features of our work is that the movies were available online and we were able to examine the shortlisted selections weeks in front of the Festival opening from the comfort of our own homes and or offices.
“ As a Jury, i was also sensitive to the yearnings, dreams and sensibilities of every society, right here represented by our dear nation.
“ We are conscious that we are not just to adjudge the particular films, but also to advise the particular organisers and the festival on ethical and ethical values which movies are expected to strengthen, rather than denigrate.
“ The Court was able to screen the entries, measure the storyline and cinematic elements of every film, rank all entries plus recommend some for the awards, ” he said.
Just for his part, Dr Chidia Maduekwe, Chairman of the Organising Committee, mentioned that foreign participation in ZUFF 2018 surpassed that of 2017, explaining it as an indication of worldwide acceptance.
Maduekwe, that is the Managing Director of Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) and organiser of ZUFF, said that the celebration aimed to “ redefine the necessity and potentials of audio visible archiving in Nigeria’ ’.
“ Arising from the overall style, 70 per cent of activities from the entire film festival centred for the theme “ Archiving for Creativeness. ”
“ The aim was to ensure that discussions were concentrated -based and the outcomes, strictly furthermore in focus.
“ We have demonstrated the will plus commitment to mount a film event that will continue to provide the platform with regard to robust engagement between Nigeria filmmakers and those from other nations, ’ ’ he said. (NAN)