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First female film festival to hold in Abuja

The maiden Women International Film Festival Nigeria, WIFFEN, is to premiere next weekend.

The event is aimed at celebrating female filmmakers, commemorating international women’s day.

At a press briefing by the organizers of the event, Girls Voices Initiative, a Non-governmental Organization, the festival Director, Carolyn Seaman noted that the programme will feature discussions, master classes, screening of short students and animation films.

“We are very passionate about Excellence, we are a bit conscious of the fact that there is a tendency sometimes when you say mobilize women, encourage women, bring women out, it looks like we are bringing just any kind of woman; No!, We actually need for Standard to stand out in whatever it is we say we are putting out there. We did have a sense of criteria in terms of the films that were even selected to be in the festival, for example, the film has to be produced by women. You have to have at least a minimum of 60 percent of women in active roles in the film.”

Also, an award ceremony will take place to celebrate outstanding women in film and to raise awareness and inspire film standards for females in the movie industry.

According to her, over three thousand movies were collected across 130 countries for the awards which has about 16 categories including best picture, best director, best short film, best animation, best child actress and others.

On her part, the festival showrunner, Stephanie Odia said the event will promote creativity by filmmakers to Chun out movies with good cultural values.

Reporting by Emmanuel Kutara, editing by Daniel Adejo