The Hollywood Black Film Festival, dubbed the “Black Sundance,” in partnership with Bcommedia Nigeria Limited, takes its show on the road … to Nigeria & Nollywood!
The Nollywood Edition of the Hollywood Black Film Festival will take place from November 30 to December 2, at the Silverbird Galleria in Abuja, Nigeria.
The 3 day conference is meant to prepare producers, filmmakers, screenwriters and actors for working and selling content in the global film marketplace. Visiting filmmakers and industry guests will facilitate a series of panel discussions, workshops and Master Classes in a wide variety of subjects — from production to distribution and exhibition. Attendees will engage in in-depth conversation, lively debate, and critical insight into a broad range of issues. Participants will be taught how to “Start Local, Think Global”, and make a successful move to Hollywood.
According to Tanya Kersey, The Founder and Executive Director of the HBFF: “Since its inception, I have wanted to take the festival abroad to educate and empower filmmakers throughout the African Diaspora.
“This is our first foray into global territories and we’re excited to kick-off our worldwide tour in Nollywood, the 3rd largest film industry in the world.
“Nollywood is a $250 million movie industry, churning out some 200 videos for the home video market every month and I believe the industry is ripe to begin distributing worldwide,” Kersey said.
The President/CEO of Bcommedia, Charles Anosike, said: “It is important to educate Nigerian talents on the critical tools and information needed to compete successfully in the global entertainment industry.
“This initiative is based on the need to empower and bridge the gap between Nollywood and Hollywood and to encourage Nigerian talents to expand their careers beyond their borders.”
Sponsors of the Nollywood Edition of the film festival include the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, National Film & Video Censors Board, and Silverbird Group.
The HBFF plans to take the show to Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and the Caribbean Island in the coming months.
Founded in 1999, and known in the entertainment industry as “The Black Sundance”, HBFF’s goal is to play an integral role in discovering and launching independent films and filmmakers, by bringing them to the attention of the industry, press and public.