he Abuja International Film Festival launches its 19th edition from October 31 to November 3 at Silverbird Cinemas in Abuja.
On the theme of digital revolution: harnessing the potentials of online streaming, content downloads, this year’s festival aims to reveal the opportunities and challenges inherent in the global digital cinema space, of which Nigeria is a major player.
Around 1,771 films from 87 countries were submitted to the festival, while around 91 films and filmmakers made the final selection for the lists this year. The current edition saw more entries from different countries around the world, while Nigeria accounted for 35% of the total entries.
The list of film categories to be selected includes Experimental Film, Short Films, Feature Films, Outstanding Actor, Outstanding Actress, Best Feature Film, Outstanding Director, Outstanding Musical Score, Outstanding Student Film and outstanding documentary.
“As the global film industry moves towards a new digital revolution in online streaming and content downloads, it has become timely to discuss the new storytelling traditions used by filmmakers to captivate viewers online,” said festival director Temitope Duker.