Nollywood movies are being honoured in India come September at the Woodpecker Film Festival (WFF) coming up in New Delhi, India next month.
The festival which begins on September 17, 2015 will be featuring a host of Nigerian movies such as Kunle Afolayan’s October 1 and the screen adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie’s award winning novel, Half of a Yellow Sun. Also listed are Emem Isong’s Champagne, Knocking on Heaven’s Door, Brothers, Bedlam, Silent Tears, Doll House and Obi Emenloye’s Thy Will be Done.
The festival which is known for its focus on problem solving cinema projects has carved out a special segment for Nigerian Films in its world panorama section.
The founding director of the WFF, Narender Yadav, released a statement where he talked on the decision made to include Nigerian movies for the first time in the festival and he disclosed that the decision was brought on by a wish to bring an ‘enriching experience to cinema lovers in India.’
‘It’s for the first time that a serious attempt is being made to bring Nigerian cinema to the Indian audience. I am sure this is going to be an enriching experience for cinema lovers in India.’
‘At the same time, these films will also attract (a) large number of Nigerian youths, who are in New Delhi either for their higher studies or for work. Overall, it’s going to be an exciting feature of our festival this year.’
The crew that is responsible for the preparation of this event include; acclaimed actor and theatre director Mr. Avijit Dutt, who heads the festival jury, Nigerian writer and filmmaker Mr Onyeka Newuele, Oscar Nominee director-producer; Ms. Ajita Suchitra Veera, journalist Mr. Mihir Shrivastav and Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Member Mr. Ashieem Kaisthaa are also notable members of the Jury.