Eastern Nigerian International Film Festival holds maiden edition
The maiden edition of the Eastern Nigeria International Film Festival (ENIFF) Nigeria was held virtually from Wednesday, November 4th, to Saturday, November 7th, 2020.
This first edition of the film festival started with an opening ceremony hosted by radio presenter and actor, Lorenzo Menakaya.
The highlight of the opening ceremony was the breaking of kolanut performed by the veteran actor and broadcaster, Chief Pete Edochie, MON.
ENIFF founders and directors, Ujuaku Akukwe-Nwakalor and Chris Odili, said that 3101 films were submitted from 131 countries for this maiden edition. 40 films from 22 countries screened this year including the American Oscar Award winning film, “Skin”, the South African documentary “A New Country” which was the opening film and Mexican masterpiece “ANYA”, which was the closing film.
There were industry sessions tagged “Ideas @ ENIFF” by Nollywood veteran Pete Edochie, British-Canadian Actor Mark Holden, African film curator Nadia Denton, Serial entrepreneur Obi Asika, digital strategist Yvonne Chioma Mbanefo and South African artist, Bandile Koketso Mbuli. Different categories of awards were presented at the closing ceremony, as decided by the jury headed by film scholar, Dr. Ezinne Ezepue.
The ENIFF 2020 Award winners are:
Gon, the Little Fox -Japan
Best Documentary Short
Sunset in Makoko -Nigeria
Best Documentary Feature
Bassil’ora – Italy
Best Narrative Short
Skin – United States
Best Nigerian Film
Best Narrative Feature
Anya – Mexico
Best Female Performance
María Fernanda Tovar (Anya) – Mexico
Best Male Performance
Anish Gosavi (Tak-Tak) – India
Mika Johnson (Confessions of a Box Man) – Czech Republic (WINNER)
Special Jury Prize
Two Autumns in Paris – Venezuela
Audience Choice Award
Journey to Kenya – Sudan.