Eko International Film Festival (EKOIFF), a yearly film festival that has spanned the years with pump and pageantry, attracting the necessary razzmatazz in the entertainment and tourism sectors, is set for its 11th edition.
Beginning from March 8 to 12, 2021, it has already received entries from over 55 countries across the global. The film festival has also attracted collaboration from organisations and countries including the U.S. Consulate Nigeria, Makido film Austria, Polish Embassy Nigeria, Niger State Government (Niger State Book and other intellectual Resources Development Agency, Multichoice Nigeria Ltd, Nexim Bank and Bank of industry (BOI), the Nigeria Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Silverbird Group (Silverbird Cinemas) and others.
The President /Founder of EKOIFF, Mr. Hope Obioma Opara, who is also the founder of Universal Movie Award (UNIMAA), disclosed that the film festival is designated to run an academy for the development of contemporary talents among the youth brackets in the motion picture industry.
According to him, the academy aims to train and empower young people in filmmaking, photography and music, thereby further creating jobs in the sector.
“These two platforms are keys to increasing the development of the tourism industry for any state and country at large. Our organisations are read to partner local and foreign organisations, including state governments in the country, in terms of sponsorship, hosting or funding to achieve these goals.
“Universal Movie Awards is a yearly international award based in Nigeria, but with a global appeal. Its main mission is to celebrate professional excellence in the Global Film/Television Industry.” He noted that the first edition of Universal Movie Awards (UNIMAA) would hold on August 2021.