Launching the official program of the Zuma Film Festival 2022 | The Guardian Nigeria News

The Nigerian Film Foundation (NFC), organizer of the annual Zuma Film Festival, has released the program of activities for the 2022 edition of the festival, which is the NFC in collaboration with the Federal Capital Territory Administration. According to the program of activities, the festival opens on Sunday, May 1 and ends on Saturday May 7, 2022 with an award ceremony. A workshop for emerging talents, master classes, panel discussions, paper presentations and talks on film business will be organized during the one-week festival, which is held under the theme Show the Money. The climax of the program is the annual NFC Film Lecture and Workshop scheduled for Friday, 6 May at the International Convention Center in Abuja at 10:00 AM. The topic of the lecture to be given by the Minister of State for the FCTA, Dr. Ramatu Tijani Aliu, is the Post COVID-19 Funding Policy Framework Partnership between the Federal Capital Territory (FCTA) and the NFC for the Nigerian film industry. It is expected that the Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Dr. Garba Apari, will preside over the lecture which will be followed by the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari as Senior Sponsor of the Zuma Film Festival. Held annually in December, the month of hosting for this release has changed from December to May due to a collaborative agreement between NFC and FCTA. Details of the festival program can be obtained at or from the Zuma Film Festival website at

Hot Docs appointed as partner of Weengushk Film Institute
HOT Docs has announced a new year-round partnership with the Weengushk Film Institute of the Manitolin Islands with the goal of increasing awareness, participation, and financial support for Weengushks initiatives among the broader Hot Docs community. The partnership stems from Hot Docs’ desire as an organization to meaningfully recognize the indigenous peoples of the land they occupy as settlers by providing an opportunity for audiences and participants to directly support indigenous filmmaking and storytelling. We are thrilled to launch this new partnership with Weengushk Film Institute during Hot Docs Festival 2022 and to welcome its students and faculty, who will be participating virtually in our industry programs,” said Jonathan da Silva, Director of Communications for Hot Docs.

In response, Shirley Chichu, founder of the Weengushk Film Institute, said that together we can develop and share the success that drives impact and innovation for our communities. The Weengushk Film Institute was founded in 2002 by Cheechoo as a community arts organization dedicated to creating and creating an artist-focused center to build capacity in media arts for both Indigenous youth and diverse people. The Institute provides a unique forum for artists from different cultural experiences to share their stories, and supports the collection, preservation and representation of new voices in media arts. Over the past 20 years, Weengushk has blossomed into a four-year residential, residential, media arts training and creativity program for aspiring, emerging, and professional artists alike. The partnership is centered around the newly created Hot Docs-Weengushk Film Institute fund, and will take the form of a cross-platform campaign to bring awareness and financial support for the important work of the Weengushk Film Institutes. Donations raised through the Hot Docs-Weengushk Film Institute Fund will go directly to the school to help support its important work. Hot Docs is North America’s largest documentary film festival, conference, and marketplace, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing and celebrating the art of documentary film and to creating production opportunities for documentary filmmakers. Hot Docs will present its 29th edition from April 28 to May 8, 2022 in cinemas across Toronto as well as online to audiences across Canada.

Festival De Cannes announces an addition to the official selection
A week after announcing the feature films selected for the 75th Cannes Film Festival, organizers released a list of films that will complete the official selection. Three films have been added to the already selected films for the competitive category. The films are Le Otto Montage by Charlotte Vandermerch and Felix van Groningen (Italy/Belgium), Un Petit Frere by Leonor Serrael (France) and Tourment Sur Les Iles by Alber Serra (Spain). Three more films have been added to the Cannes premiere list. The films are Don Juan by Serge Bozon (France), La Nuit du 12 by Dominique Moll (France), and Chronicle by Dion Liason Passaguerre by Emmanuel Moret (France). Four other films made it to the Uncertain Greetings section of the prestigious festival, the films are Plus Que Jamais by Emily Atef (Germany/France), The Mediterranean Fever by Maha Hajj (Palestine), Le Bleu de Kaftan by Maryam Touzani (Morocco) and Lutfi Movement (Morocco) Nathan (Tunisia). Harka is Nathans’ number one feature. There is only one film added to the list of midnight films “Rebel” by Adel Elaraby and Bilal Falah (Belgium), while L’Innocent by Louis Garrel (France) will be screened in an out-of-competition category. Five films have been added to the special screening section: The Vagabonds by Dorota Dromiva (Germany), Restos do Vento, Thiago Guedes (Portugal) and the documentary, Mi Pais Imaginario, Patricio Guzman (Chile).

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