Rivers State Government Signs Exclusive Deal with AFRIFF
The Rivers State Government has signed an exclusive partnership with the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF), a unique opportunity to showcase the diversity and creativity of Africa through motion pictures, while promoting Rivers State as a centre of excellence for culture, arts and tourism.
The signing event which took place in Port Harcourt on Tuesday the 12th of October, 2010 was presided over by the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Hon. Marcus Nle Ejii, representing the Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency Rotimi Amaechi.
Commenting on the partnership, Hon. Marcus declared that the initiative forms part of Governor Amaechi’s vision to promote arts and culture in the state as a key component of his economic development agenda. He added that Rivers State, renowned for it rich heritage in arts and culture, is the perfect venue for hosting the Africa International Film Festival, which will also help towards achieving the state’s developmental objectives amongst the youth.Chioma Ude, Founder and CEO of AFRIFF said;“We’re thrilled to have Rivers State as the host for this important festival because it sends a clear message about their vision to be an African centre of excellence for arts and culture.” She added that such a project will be leveraged to positively impact young Nigerian talent in the film-making industry.
As part of activities running up to the Festival, AFRIFF has commenced running Screen Writing Labs in Universities across the country to enable aspiring screen writers gain intensive support in the techniques of developing visual stories that can be realized into world standard productions. The first was held in Jos in September.
Meanwhile, preparations are apace for the film festival itself which will hold in Port Harcourt from the 1st to 5th of December, to be attended by local and international film-makers, celebrities, actors, directors, film buyers, distributors, visual artists, film students, amateurs, film lovers and the media at large.
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