March 3 2022


Lagos & Ibadan, Nigeria – On 17 March 2022, The Film Rats Club will kick off the inaugural edition of The Annual Film Mischief (TAFM), a film festival poised to bring to audiences a selection of quality low-budget independent films. This year’s theme ‘Less is More’ will celebrate low budget films with unique narratives and styles. The four-day festival from March 17th to March 20th 2022 will be held (physically) simultaneously in Ibadan and Lagos as well as virtually. The festival will open physically in Lagos at ‘Viva Cinemas, Ikeja’ and in Ibadan at ‘Thursday Film Series Club, University of Ibadan’, Whilst it will close on 20th of March 2022 in Lagos at Impact Hub Lagos, Ikoyi and Thursday Film Series Club, University of Ibadan.

TAFM is delighted to showcase the innovative minds of the next generation of Nigerian filmmakers with film screenings, Q&A sessions with creators, Roundtable conversations, panel sessions and seminars to encourage discourse  and document the industry’s journey and future.

TAFM is excited to announce 24 films in official selection. Please see link to information about selected films and viewing schedule HERE.

TAFM is also delighted to announce that award-winning Chuko & Ari Esiri’s “Eyimofe” will open the film festival and Paul Utomi’s “Country Hard”  will close the festival. The Award winning short film “Appreciation” by Tomisin Adepeju will also be screened.

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. 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” said Film Rats Founder, Chukwu Martin






TAFM is a program of The Film Rats Club.

 TAFM is a program of The Film Rats Club. TAFM is proudly sponsored by RedTv, Impact Hub Lagos, Thursday Film Series,  Viva Cinemas Albantsho, with PulseNG, Zikoko, WhatKeptmeUp, Shockng, FilmKaku, OpenCountrymag,  Phoenix Tribe, DMC photography, Macwatson photography, Masquerade Media, Seventh Dimension, Games Hut  as official media partners.

The festival is free for all to attend.

About Film Rats Club

Founded in 2017 by Actor/Director Martin Nwachukwu, The Film Rats Club is a community of circa 150 cinephiles across Nigeria i.e. film enthusiasts and filmmakers. These are people who in good faith propagate the gospel of good cinema, and celebrate the filmmakers who make them. With our focus on African cinema, we execute our mission by contributing thought leadership on cinema (critiques, reviews, articles, thesis), through film screenings, classes and interviews with/of industry personnel. In furtherance to our mission, we have set up a film festival called “The Annual Film Mischief

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