The UKNFF 2019 has broken its own record set during the first edition, The Opening ceremony which took place at Ambassadors Hotel London Bloomsbury, attended by the industry professionals and stakeholders SOLD OUT two days to the event, The UK Nollywood Producers Guild promises to secure a bigger venue for 2020’s event in order to accommodate the increasing demands.
The UKNFF 2019 winning films are Unseen Treasure for Best Short, IBI (The Birth) for Best Indigenous (Native language) Feature Film, Dear Bayo for Jury’s award and Nimbe for Best Feature Film 2019. The winning script for UKNFF 2019 is Diced. The UKNFF 2020 promises to increase the award categories to include Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Producer etc to give more recognition to the talents both behind and in front of the screen.
The Key guests for UKNFF 2019 include The Mayor of London Borough of Enfield Chief Dr Cllr Kate Anolue, a current Patron of the Guild, The Mayor and Speaker of London Borough of Tower Hamlet, Cllr Victoria Obaze who also received her Certificate of Patronage for the UK Nollywood Producers Guild on Day 2 of the film festival at Canada Water Theatre. There were various Keynote speakers such as Shantelle Rochester of IDA ROSE Productions, Dapo Oshiyemi CEO Talking Drums Film Distributions, and His Excellency Dr Alistair Soyode CEO Ben Television.
There were also other key guests such as Sandie Bogle from Google Box, Prince and Mrs Mike Abiola CEO African Voice Newspaper, Sam Anwuzie CEO ZAFAA Awards, Uche K of Sendwave, Representative from YANGA TV and CEO of Trumpet Newspaper Mr Femi Okutubo, amongst others.
Guests in attendance on the Day 2 were the Chairman of Central Association of Nigerians in the UK CANUK, Dr Boma Douglas, The Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora NIDO Sir Chibuzor Ubochi, Chief Bimbo Folayan, Mr Basil Okolo Minister from the Nigerian High Commission amongst others including the two Mayors.
Dr Malcolm A Benson, the President of the UK Nollywood Producers Guild in his keynote speech said “The UK Nollywood Producers Guild will continue to work with skate holders and play it’s part in bringing Nollywood Producers together, enabling and creating the platforms where ever possible in order to improve standards. Today we celebrate the 2nd Edition of the UK Nollywood Film Festival and we are proud to have a number of partners and sponsors who without their support this process may not have been achieved. Many producers have come to join this industry with little or no prior experience.
Make no mistake about this, we all learn by doing and if we persist and focus on developing our crafts with genuine commitment to learning from our mistakes, learning from other experts, seeking and working with a good mentor, attending lectures and seminars, being resilient, avoiding being complacent and importantly avoiding unhealthy in-fight amongst ourselves and undue pride such as “we think we are doing better than our colleagues” we will rise above our current barriers. We will make our mark and create an industry that will not only make us very rich and famous but also set a long lasting legacy for the next generation of Nollywood filmmakers. Let’s get it done”.
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UKNFF will be opening the submission platform online on the FilmFreeway on 01/11/19. This will be in preparation for the UKNFF 2020 to be held during the Black History Month on October 2020. The UK Nollywood Producers Guild welcomes early engagement for the 3rd Edition of the UKNFF and calls upon filmmakers to start submitting their films as soon as the platform opens on 01/11/19. Both the Financial and Media partners are also invited to engage with the Guild now for the UKNFF 2020, an event expected to be much bigger than this year’s edition.
To sponsor, partner or participate in the UKNFF 2020, the 3rd Edition please contact us.
Tolulope Yesufu General Secretary 07904932775
Marc Adebesin Publicity Secretary 07950951417
Malcolm Benson President 07930202250
Films can be submitted via Film Freeway using below link