Xavier Ogheneovo Ighorodje, an alumnus of the recently concluded AFRIFF Scriptwriting Workshop 2015, has won the 48-our Film Challenge in Nigeria. Xavier a chemical engineer turned writer, wrote and directed the winning movie titledThe Truth about B.A.E., a psychological drama about a girl with a unique way of projecting her grief on her closest companions.
According to Ighorodje, “I had heard about the 48-hour film challenge, Lagos, but didn’t think it was authentic until I got into the AFRIFF trainee programme (Screenwriting) and during one of the sessions on documentary, the conveyor of the project (Mr. Ike Nnaebue) came to talk to us. Beside the fact that this validated the authenticity of the competition, a huge chunk of the talents featured on the project were AFRIFF 2015 trainee actresses I had met one way or the other during the duration of the festival. Needless to say, without the safe haven created by AFRIFF for the up-and-coming community of creatives to meet, interact and consequently collaborate, this project wouldn’t have been possible.
The 48 Hour Film Challenge inspired by Mark Ruppert and Liz Langston, sponsored by Movie Magic Screenwriter Version 6 and Pond 5 was brought to Nigeria by Ike Nnaebue a prominent Nigerian film-maker during The Africa International Film Festival. It is a contest in which teams of filmmakers are required to make a movie – write, shoot and edit – in just 48 hours. Winners from various countries qualify for the international challenge to screen their films at Filmapalooza- a film-making Olympic Village as they compete for the international title of Best Film.
The Truth about B.A.E. is representing Nigeria at the filmapalooza film festival in Atlanta, where other film challenge winners from around the world will gather. The team leader also gets an all-expense paid trip to the festival.
The film will also be screened at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in France.