Professor Femi Shaka of the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, has been named the keynote speaker at this year’s edition of the annual film lecture series, organised by the Nigeria Film Corporation.
As one of Nigeria’s most celebrated film critics and scholars, Professor Shaka will be speaking on the topic, “Nigeria’s Cultural Explosion Through Film.” He hopes to bring his worth of experience to bear as a professor of drama during the lecture, which many believe will chart a new direction for the film culture in the country.
The event, billed to hold on Thursday, May 5, at the Silverbird Galleria, Lagos, will have in attendance academia, motion picture professionals, students of tertiary institutions, film enthusiasts, top government functionaries and members of the diplomatic corps.
The maiden edition of the annual film lecture, which was themed “Democracy and African Renaissance: Film as a Catalyst” and delivered by Professor Sola Akinrinade, Vice Chancellor, Osun State University, took place during the 2008 edition of Zuma Film festival.
This year’s lecture series, according to a statement from the corporation, underscores the commitment of the NFC in ensuring that the growth of the motion picture industry is sustained. Silverbird Cinema is said to be partnering NFC in the mounting of this year’s edition of the annual lecture.
Cash prizes and Certificates of Participation will be presented to winners of the 2010/2011 NFC Annual Film Essay Competition. They include, Anuli Agina(first) Vivien Torbunde (second) and Jonathan Eze (third).
The programme will also witness the recognition of two high profile veterans of the industry who will be honoured with Life Time Achievement Awards. Box Office Awards for the Highest Box Office Grossing, Nigerian Movie and Best Distributor of Nigerian Movies follow immediately.