Sunday, 27 October 2019

16th Abuja Int'l Film Festival opens, as Duker steps down as Festival director

16th Abuja Int'l Film Festival backdrop 

The 16th edition of the annual Abuja Film Festival officially opened Tuesday, with an opening ceremony held at the Silverbird CINEMAS Abuja Nigeria, even as Mr. Fidelis Duker, founder of the Festival  announced he has stepped aside as the Festival's director to concentrate on private business. TDN can authoritatively report. 

While declaring, the Festival open, Nigeria's Minister of Water Resources, Engr Suleiman H. Adamu, commended the resilience of the organizers for sustaining the festival this past 16 years, promising to ensure government's support for worthy initiatives like this. He however advised that organisers not to relent in their drive for excellence.  

Also speaking the Managing Director of the Nigerian film Corporation, Dr. Chidia Madueke who said the Project was a creative innovation targeted at enhancing development in the film industry and the country at large, promised to give his full support to the Festival. 

In her remarks, the new Festival Director Mrs. Temitope Duker, highlighted some major achievements of the film festival while reminiscing how the festival had grown from screening films in hotels 16 years ago to having several cineplex and hosting of multiple festival around the country. Stating that the festival has been a beacon of hope for several young and aspiring filmmakers to showcase their first films and have gone on to become celebrated filmmakers both locally and internationally.  

Mrs. Duker used the opportunity to appeal to government to see the unique opportunities of film festival to enhance the economics and social lives of host communities siting examples like Cannes, Venice, Sundance and Berlinale which have today become a major part of those cities economic and social ecosystem.  

The Founder of the Abuja International Film Festival, Mr. Fidelis Duker used the occasion to formerly announce his stepping aside as the Festival's director after 15 years to concentrate on his media business stating while promising to always contribute and support to the running of the festival.  

He however commented on the quality of entries which from the programme line up shows an array of excellent  films showcasing diverse genres and themes.

The Festival which opened with the screening of the Kenyan documentary film FAR FROM Home, a documentary film centred on irregular migration of Africans through the sea to Europe and closed the with Tade Ogidans film entry titled GOLD STATUE will officially come to a climax on Friday 25th of October 2019 with an award ceremony. 

In attendance were notable Nollywood and foreign Filmmakers from Kenya,  Ghana, China, Burkina Faso and officials of Diplomatic Missions.

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