Film Connections, an exciting new initiative from the British Council seeks to create a bridge between the British and Nigerian Film Industries.
The UK and Nigeria are world leaders in film production but with broadly distinct approaches – the Nigerian sector is unparalleled in its sheer commercial mindedness with an enviable share of its home market and high turnover. The UK has a robust studio industry, world leading VFX innovators and its art house and independent cinema tradition is renowned. Film Connections aims to explore what these two industries take from each other’s approaches, and how the next generation of film entrepreneurs in each country can develop alongside one another.
The Film Connections Programme at AFRIFF will include screenings of the following feature and short films:
UK Short (Another Reality is Possible)
Robot & Scarecrow
A robot princess flees her keeper running straight into the arms of a lonely scarecrow desperate for adventure.
Dir: Kibwe Tavares 16min Animation/Drama 2017, UK & South Africa
Characters wander through London’s concrete jungle as the narrator reflects on the current state of the city and her imagined future.
Dir: Ayo Akingbade 3min Experimental 2016, UK
Brenton has spent his childhood in a notorious care home. With his inability to express his emotional frustration, he becomes a recluse. That is until his social worker discovers his estranged mother’s whereabouts.
Dir: Ethosheia Hylton 13min Drama 2017, UK
A Viable Candidate
Britain's first black Prime Minister is running for high office. Will the establishment thwart his political ambitions?
Dir: Orson Nava 16min Drama 2017, UK
1745 + Q&A with Director, Writer and Lead Actresses
Two sisters torn from their home in Nigeria and sold into slavery try to retake their freedom in a foreign and hostile land, attempting to elude their master in the perilous Scottish Highlands.
Dir: Gordon Napier 19min Drama 2017, UK
Prologue: The Lizard of Unmarriedness (It's All About How You Tell It)
Visual Artist Boswell uses film, drawing, sound, and interactive sculpture to examine how storytelling, and language aid our personal predilections towards belief.
Dir: Phoebe Boswell 7min Experimental 2015, UK
Mrs Bolanle Benson
60 year old Bolanle Benson has a secret rendezvous with her lover.
Dir: Sade Adeniran 3min Animation 2016, UK
I Believe in Pink + Q&A with Director
In a crowded market on the Lagos mainland, John runs a thriving beauty business making men beautiful by tattooing their lips.
Dir: Victoria Thomas 5min Documentary 2016, UK
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