1st edition of the Franco-Nigerian film days
On the 2nd and 3rd of July, the French Embassy in Nigeria organized the first edition of the French-Nigerian Cinema Days at the Alliance française/Mike Adenuga Centre in Lagos. The event, which gathered around 100 professionals, was organised to develop and strengthen collaborations in the field of cinema.
This event brought 16 French professionals, representing the entire film production value chain. Among them, David Kessler (Managing Director of Orange Studio), Cécile Gérardin and Laurent Sicouri (Canal + International), Eric Garandeau (former President of the CNC), Emilie Boucheteil (Director of the Cinema Department of the Institut Français of Paris), Simon Minkowski (Vivendi), François Catala (co-founder of LAFAAAC), Serge Noukoué (Founder of the Nollywood week) and 8 producers. On the Nigerian side, the key players of the film industry, as well as the federal agencies and representatives of the State of Lagos, took part in the event.
The first morning included panel discussions, covering several topics such as financing, distribution, co-production, exhibition and public policies. The highlight of the rest of the day was the first screening of the film - The Bling Lagosians - in the Alliance française/Mike Adenuga centre’s auditorium followed by the French movie, Anna.
On the second day, 12, previously selected, Nigerian feature film projects were presented to the French producers. First during a pitching session, then in one-on-one meetings. In the afternoon, the French delegation attended the filming of the Nigerian TV series, Shuga.