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With months of rigorous preparations trickling down to barely days before the inaugural edition of the Annual film mischief, the festival names its jury panel. The panel boasts notable names acclaimed for their adept contributions to the burgeoning Nollywood industry. These names include: Dami Orimogunje (Writer/Director of the critically acclaimed For Maria; Ebun Pataki) James Omokwe (Award winning TV director and producer famous for epic Africa Magic telenovelas) Ifeanyi Chidi Barbara (Screenwriter notable as head writer for TV shows such as Riona and Battleground) and Tolulope Itegboje (Producer/Director of the Netflix-licensed Awon Boyz) Taiwo Egunjobi (Independent director notable for In Ibadan) will serve as the festival’s director.
The festival, slated for March 17-20, is set to play host to selected low-budget films submitted by young, independent filmamkers punctuating this year’s festival’s theme “Less is more” as expounded by Founder/Chief convener, Chukwu Martin in a statement where he submits that, “The theme “Less is More” was chosen as our maiden theme because we want to inspire, especially, in young filmmakers the audacity to make unique films under the challenges of meager resources and also offer our members the platform to showcase and promote their works. We are immensely proud of the diversity of our submissions. We not only celebrate the filmmakers amongst us but the different crop of talents who contribute to cinema. I am grateful to our festival project team who have worked round the clock to make this festival a reality. We are excited to draw the curtains on our first ever film mischief and we invite you to come witness and share this experience with us.”
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Noteworthy is the approved screening of Chuko and Ari award-winning film Eyimofe touted to open the festival while Paul Utomi’s Country hard will close the festival. Tomisin Adepeju’s award-winning short film Appreciation will also be screened.
The festival, set to hold both virtually and on-site, will feature film screenings, panel sessions, roundtable discourses with film creators, Q and A sessions and immersive interviews with filmmakers and participators. The attendance is free only after an online registration has been completed.
The Annual Film Mischief (TAFM), 2022 promises to serve all the thrills and chills of a concerted gathering of cinephiles and film enthusiasts and, more importantly, showcase the brilliance and competence of young African filmmakers. , “Film Rats Club is dedicated to promoting film education towards improving film making in Africa. We decided to host a festival to showcase the talents within the club and also shine a light on brilliant film makers within the continent”, said Chukwu Martin.