Babylon International has successfully completed its film development and training programme with the presentation of 9 film projects during Zuma Film Festival in Abuja, in May 2010.
The project packages consist of screenplays and short promotional films shot during the workshop week in Abuja.
These short films were presented alongside other film projects at the Cinemas du Monde Pavilion during the International Film Festival in Cannes.
Four Nigerian projects attracted the attention of producers, buyers and sales agents. They are;â€œThe Landâ€ by Funke Oyebanjo and Sebari Diette-Spiff, â€œWahalaâ€ by Farouk Lasaki, â€œLetter to the Profâ€ by Chike Ibekwe and â€œMy Brotherâ€™s Sinâ€ by Jide Bello.
These film projects have now qualified to be positioned for production funding.
Speaking on the four Nigerian film projects to benefit from the Babylon International development and support for funding, elated Afolabi Adesanya, Managing Director, Nigerian Film Corporation said Nigeria was indeed proud that of the numerous film projects entered, Nigeria came tops with four projects.
Adesanya said that partners and consultants to Babylon International were equally happy that Nigeria came tops, especially against the background that Nigeria had in abundance talents, creativity, resilience and determination among her film professionals.
For Adesanya, Nigerian films can competitively feature confidently in global film fiestas if a little more time of what he described as â€œdoing things rightâ€ is adhered to.
Film making in Nigeria, the Nigerian Film Corporation boss said, must be given the necessary attention it deserves, if sustainable development of the sector and bringing it to par with globally accepted standards is desirable.
Nollywood: Stakeholders chart way forward
By Nnamdi Ojiego
Film makers, scriptwritersÂ and other stakeholders in the Nigerian movie industry have been urgedÂ to produce movies that willÂ properly present Nigerian and indeed, African women in good light.
Speakers at the Women In Film Forum, WIFF,Â which held within the week, and organised by the African Womenâ€™s Development Fund, AWDF, in conjunction withÂ Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts, LAPA, condemned what they described as a derogatory representation of Nigerian women in most of the NollywoodÂ films.
Speaking on the rationale behind the forum, Managing Director of Lufodo Group, Joke Silva said the event was organized to bring together executive producers, directors, producers, actors, scriptwriters, scholars, public intellectuals and activists to share ideas and insights, and seek ways of telling more empowering and inspiring stories about African women.
According to her, â€œ it is hoped that through working closely with practitioners in the film industry, we will be able to develop more empowering images of African women, which challenge negative and exclusionary practices in local communities.â€
The highly celebrated Nollywood personality said the Nigerian film industry having established itself as one of the most popular forms of entertainment, with immense popularity it enjoys, has the potential to raise awareness and promote the rights of women and girls.
Speaking on the theme, â€œ Nollywood: Women and the Dynamics of Representationâ€, the guest speaker, Prof. Abena Busia said most African films portrayÂ our women as harlots, wicked, witches and other negative things. She said this anomaly called to questions the integrity with which we deal with social issues. According to her, since every woman was not a wicked or bad woman, harlot and or witch, why must every Nollywood movie portray women as bad.