Charles Thompson MBE of Screen Nation and Nollywood renowned filmmaker Obi Ebelonye have been specially invited by Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) for the exciting new project ‘Ade’s Journey’, to join with other international and Canadian independent film producers at the International Finance Forum (IFF2017) taking place at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2017.
The Event, International Financing Forum is now in its 12th year, and is a two-days business co-financing marketing for up to 40 select English-language feature film from producers and executives that take place in association with the Toronto International Film Festival, the world’s leading independent film festival. Film producers and makers bring their project from far and wide including, Africa, Australia, India, Isreal, New Zealand among other places to take part.
ABOUT THE FILM: ‘Ade’s Journey’, is a touching story about a West African boy’s perilous 6000-mile walk from Africa to Europe along the migrant route in search of football stardom at a top Premiership football club. Ade’s Journey Ais a well-crafted rite of passage story, written by top screenwriter/producer Brendan Foley (Johnny Was, The Riddle). The film is set against a backdrop of migration, human trafficking and football. Based on a true event and massively topical. The same genre and can be compared to films such as Slum dog Milloniaire and Billiy Elliot.
Budgeted at 5million Dollars, the producers have cast Ghan’s young multi-award winning movie star ‘Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation, Spiderman: Homecoming) as lead with Isaach de Bankole (Casino Royale, Black Panther) and Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Hotel Rwanda, Black Sails) confirmed as support. British Nigerian Hollywood actors, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Suicide Squad), Nonso Anozie and Wunmi Mosaku are favoured for other supporting roles with a major British actor in consideration for a key cameo role.
At the event, 30 high-level industry executives have registered to attend and take a meeting with Screen Nation Pictures and other producers at the forum. A first for a new Nollywood International cinema project. Companies including; Amazon Studios, Netflix, Fox, Magnolia Pictures among others are all arranged to discuss financing ‘Ade’s Journey’. The project already has the support of FIFA, the Premier League, UNICEF and UNHCR due to the child migration and football themes in the picture.
Popular Nollywood film maker Obi Emelonye is set to direct the movie with Screen Nation Pictures and The Nollywood Factory producing alongside veteran producer Bob Mahoney (Critical Assignment) of Devonshire Productions. Executive producers include they’re bringing are Peter Macdonald (Harry Potter, Bourne Ultimatum, Xmen) a well admired veteran British Director, Dop and Producer.
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