Animated Film Festival in Abuja: showcasing talents from Nigeria, France and Japan
The second Animated Film Festival organised by the Institut français du Nigeria (IFN) and the Embassy of Japan in Nigeria attracted about 500 visitors in 4 days. The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Alhaji Lai Mohammed, together with the ambassadors of France and Japan, opened the festival on November 2nd.
They underlined the importance of animation as a growing industry in Nigeria but which still lacks of good infrastructures to develop well.
The programme featured some French and Japanese films, among them “Phantom Boy”, the latest production of French studio “Folimage”, and “Spirited Away”, Japanese masterpiece by Hayao Miyazaki. As a development from last year, the 2016 edition focused on Nigeria and the Nigerian animated industry, through a special “Nigerian Night” on Friday 4th November. On this occasion several Nigerian animators showcased their work and interacted with the public through a panel discussion. The award winning short film “The Legacy of Rubies” by Nigerian film maker Ebele Okoye was screened for the first time in Abuja, followed by some episodes of “Bino & Fino”, an educational series for children, very successful worldwide.
Animation is a very promising sector for Nigeria and the festival gave a good platform both for the audience to get familiar with this genre, and for professionals to network and share their challenges.
The Institut français plans to continue to focus on this sector in 2017 and to support capacity building projects for young professionals.