Nigerian filmmakers appear to have been doing more inventive and interesting work with the short film format. This is evidenced by the array of shorts on our list. These films made by first time as well as experienced directors, were released or screened at major festivals within the year.
10. Eno’s Demons
When faced with a series of disappointments, a young woman is pushed to douse her demons. Directed by Oto-Obong Ekpenyong, Eno’s Demons is a hybrid documentary that presents mental illness against the backdrop of a stirring narrative.
Hell hath no fury like two women burned in this short by Damilola Orimogunje. Loyalty is put to test when two broken sisters seek retribution for the wrongs done to them since childhood.
- Loop Count
In Michael Omonua’s ode to Vine and its peculiar user metric, an unfaithful wife comes to terms with her actions as they repeatedly play in a loop in her head. The story is a familiar one but presented this way, Omonua makes it anew.
- The Right Choice
The Right Choice is a hard hitting, punchy dialogue–driven film addressing the issue of race. The futuristic short directed by Tomisin Adepeju presents a husband and wife who, with the help of an advisor, must answer three seemingly harmless questions to create their perfect designer baby.
- This is Lagos
In this witty piece of social commentary, Ibikunle ‘Tsaint’ Omotayo chronicles the inequality that is pervasive in the mega city through the eyes of a child conductor hustling on the streets. It is a brilliant deciso=ion, Tsaint takes, choosing the conductor as a window into the soul of the city.
- A Little Mischief
In this solid piece of experimental filmmaking, Art Anekwe uses voices of key players only to retrace events that led to the suicide of a fragile secondary school student.
Winner of Best Film at the In-Short Film Festival, Lagos, Mirabel, produced and directed by Judith Audu is an intense emotional drama about love lost and found. Prepare for the quiet waterworks.
- Coat of Harm
Winner of the AFRIFF jury prize for Best Short. Coat of Harm employs a brilliant concept, two dead neighbors, one Igbo, one Hausa, both victims of ethnic violence, engage in a final conversation in which all of their prejudices are laid bare.
- Hello, Rain
C.J Obasi’s multiple award winning Hello, Rain is based on Hello, Moto — an Afrofuturistic short story by Nnedi Okorafor about scientist witches who through juju and technology create magical wigs that grant them untold supernatural powers. Obasi uses a backdrop of feminism to explore how absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Closed plays like advertising copy, not surprising as it has a relationship with the Etisalat (now 9mobile) Prize for Literature. Tolu Ajayi elicits a superb wordless performance from Seun Ajayi in the role of an artisan whose world becomes brighter after he learns how to read. Brilliant concept and delivery.