Lockdown, the new film by Moses Inwang, will open the virtual edition of the 2021 NollywoodWeek Film Festival (NWFF) in Paris, the organisers have announced. The organisers also announced dates for the festival and released a line-up of films and activities, which will be held virtually for the first time since the festival started nine years ago.
This edition will hold as from May 6 to 9, 2021, and will feature a screening of feature narratives, shorts, and animations as well as panel discussions, networking sessions, master classes, and special screenings.
The organisers also disclosed that there would be a spotlight on a full-length animated feature from Nigeria titled Ladybuckit and the Motley Mopster by Adebisi Adetayo. It will be the first time that a full-length animation film from Nigeria will be screened at the festival.
The other films that will be screened at the festival include Ekene Mekwunya’s One Lagos Night, Imoh Umoren’s The Herbert Mcauley Affair, Damilola Orimogunje’s For Maria Ebun Pataki, and Kayode Kasum’s Ponzi. Also on the line-up is Judith Audu’s The Session and Teniola Olatoni Ojigbede’s The New Normal.
The NWFF, which started nine years ago as a Paris domiciled Nigerian Film Festival, suffered a cancellation last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. In previous years, the festival showcased the work of eminent Nigerian actors and directors such as Kunle Afolayan, Niyi Akinmolayan, Ramsey Nouah, Omoni Oboli, Tope Oshin, Kemi Adetiba, Rita Dominic, Moses Inwang, and many more to an audience of over 30000 movie-goers over the years. The festival launched in 2013 and runs on a yearly basis; it was created in order to provide a platform for quality Nigerian cinema in the French market.