Thursday, November 20, 2014

5th Eko International Film Festival Opens With Premiere of Martial Thriller“Rough Chase”

5th Eko International Film Festival Opens With Premiere of Martial Thriller“Rough Chase”.

The 5th annual Eko International Film Festival opens today on Victoria Island in Lagos with the premiere of Nigerian martial arts thriller “Rough Chase: The Race for Life” directed by J Leo Uche who is also playing the leading role with popular Nollywood stars Ernest Asuzu and Emeka Nwafor and also starring Grace Onwurah, Leon Slabor and popular Nigerian Kung Fu master Natty Bruce. The venue of the film festival is the Silverbird Cinemas, Silverbird Galleria, on Victoria Island, Lagos. The 5th edition will close on Sunday with special screenings and ceremony to be co-hosted by Makido Film from Vienna, Austria; with special awards for two young Nigerian filmmakers for film internship in Vienna.

Hope Opara The President of Eko International Film Festival and Film Director Jeta Amata at the Haiti Pavilion during the 2013 Cannes Film Festival in France.

The Eko International Film Festival has attracted world class films from America, France, Germany, UK, Ireland, Spain, Iran, South Africa and other countries. And the Nigerian premiere of Sharon Stone's highly acclaimed and multiple award winning documentary film “Femme” will take place at the film festival tomorrow Friday November 21. "Femme" is directed by award winning filmmaker Emmanuel Itier known for his popular documentary "Invocation". FEMME is an inspirational voyage about women around the world who are actively transforming and healing global society of a daily basis. Starring Sharon Stone (Casino, Total Recall, Basic Instinct), Jean Houston, Marianne Williamson, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Riane Eisler, Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Shirin Ebadi and Mairead Maguire, Rickie Lee Jones, Gloria Steine and Nigeria's Eeefy Ify Ike who is a popular actress, model, motivational speaker, author, film producer and designer.

The theme of this year’s edition is “Nigerian Film Industry and the Media”. “No film industry can succeed without the media, because the media is in fact the vehicle for the promotion and appreciation of the film industry,” said Mr. Hope Obioma Opara, the President of the most popular Nigerian international film festival started in 2010. And he has been the major sponsor of the festival in spite of the enormous costs of hosting the annual event and international travels to promote the Nigerian film industry. Previous editions have received some corporate support from Heineken, Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM) and the official endorsement of the Lagos State government. The 2014 edition is sponsored by Mr. Opara's Supple Communications Limited with some support from MultiChoice Nigeria and Mnet Africa.

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