The third annual Kaduna Film Festival reputed as the first, biggest and the only International Film Festival in the entire northern part Nigeria schedule to take place in August this year is fast gathering momentum, as top nollywood stars and the Kaduna State government has pledged total support to make it a huge success.
In a press conference held in Lagos in preparation for Film-Fest, the convener of festival Mr Israel Kashim Audu expressed hope believe that this year’s event will surpass the ones of previous years.
Some of the top nollywood legends on ground at press conference are Paul Obazale, Fred Amata, Tony Akpochare, Zack Orji among others.
Below is the full speech delivered by Mr Israel Kashim Audu, the convener of the Kaduna International Film Festival with THEME; “HARMONIZATION, PEACE DEVELOPMENT AND CONTENT SUSTAINABILITY”:
“Invited guests here present, Members of the press, Film makers/actors, Distinguished ladies and gentlemen.
I welcome you to this third edition of Kaduna International film festival press conference.
Over the years, the film/movie industry have continued to grow, with more individuals and institutions willing to commit time, talent and finance and an ever increasing audience yearning for entertainment through this sector.
The importance of a film festival cannot be overemphasized. It is a vital link in the chain of global film culture. It has been seen that Cinema is the most democratic art with various channels through which it can be assessed. Film festivals therefore can consolidate and maintain peace and development in the film industry and by implication, the soceity in general. The film making task is enormous and the market, very large. Film makers therefore need to harmonise resources (skills, experience and finance) for better films and sustainable content to meet demand. Hence, the theme for this year’s Kaduna International Film Festival(KADIFF): ” Harmonisation, Peace development and Content Sustainability”.
This is crucial and very important to our entertainment industry in particular and the society at large. Peace and harmony can bring peaceful and stable order to the society, they are also a necessary condition for the survival of mankind. Definition of Term’s; “HARMONIZATION ” This is a demonstration or procedure of creating a satisfying visual mix. It is likewise the way toward limiting excess or clashing principles which may have developed freely. The objective is to discover shared characteristics, personality basic prerequisites that should be held and give a typical standard to.
You’ll concur with me that Peace Development is a compound word, where harmony is an idea of cultural companionship and agreement without threatening vibe and viciousness. While Development is a procedure that makes development, progress, and positive changes e.t.c in the general public. Be that as it may, harmony advancement is a procedure by which the cultural kinship and concordance without threatening vibe and viciousness are improved by focused objectives and destinations.
Discussing Content Sustainability; Content is a condition of fulfillment while Sustainability is the capacity to exist continually. It is commonly the limit concerning the biosphere and human progress to coincide. It is the procedure of individuals keeping up change in a homeostasis adjusted condition in which the misuse of assets, the course of ventures, the direction of mechanical advancement and institutional changes are all in amicability and improves both present and future possibilities to address human issues and desires.It is worthy to note that the movie industry is a key tool for entertainment almost everybody has this basic and essential need of getting entertained and is suitable for relaxation during leisure time. The unity of Nigeria is paramount and an issue of national importance, producing movies that touch on Nigerians cultural heritage and socio-cultural issues that affect us in different spheres is very important.
This is because Such movies relate to our day to day relationship showing the good and ill side of the society and how we can better harness these relationships for the betterment of the nation. And with such movies, we can address the security challenges bedeviling this country through the stories and framing pattern.
Furthermore, it is high time we engage in producing movies that transcend the cultural heritage of our people by showing our historical origin to this generation and documenting them for generations yet unborn. Also, they will serve as a means of preserving history, because it is said that if you don’t know where you are coming from you would not know where you are going to. For example, the film shows the history, culture, and diversity of Nigeria.
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I would like to bring to your knowledge that The Kaduna International film festival has been accepted in the country and other African countries like; Kenya, Palestine, Uganda, Ghana, South Africa and United Kingdom (UK).
Kaduna international film festival is proud to have people like DCP Abba Kyari, Barr. Sadiq Umar Abdullahi (Sarkin Matasan Hausa) and Chief Dr. Solomon Edebiri as our Patrons.
One of the aims of the festival is to discover new talent, kaduna alone have lot of talent yet not discovered and even the country at large, KADIFF will do its best in this area.
ACTIVITIES FOR THE YEAR 2020.
Film submission commences from today the 29TH FEBRUARY and ends on the 30th of June 2020.
The festival is open for categories of films like;
*Animation *Documentaries *Featured film *Student film*Experimental and *Short films.
Films that are not in conformity with the theme of the festival or films that will discriminate a particular race or region may not be accepted, only films shot within 24 months will be accepted by the body of jury.
Film makers can submit through film freeway
https://filmfreeway.com/Kadunainternationalfilmfestival or call the festival director on +2348162626274 for assistance.
From the 19th to 21st of March KADIFF in partnership with Documentary media centre UK will be organizing a “Nigeria/West Africa Documentary Media Showcase” in Leicester United Kingdom (UK).
3rd Kaduna international film festival is scheduled to hold from the 25th to 29th of August 2020
We all present here today are the Ambassadors of KADIFF.
Ladies and gentlemen this year promises to be fully loaded with innovation and creativity.
I’ll like to leave you with this quote from Danny Boyle which says “To be a Film maker, you have to lead. You have to be psychotic in your desire to do something. People always like the easy route. You have to push very hard to get something unusual, something different”
In a special way I want to thank KADIFF team for putting up effort to ensure a better festival each year with the support of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of kaduna state, Mallam Nasiru El’rufai.
I wish you a happy stay and a pleasurable moment. Thank you and God bless you all.
God bless KADIFF,
God bless kaduna state,
God bless Lagos State,
God bless the federal republic of Nigeria.
Israel Kashim Audu.(Founder KADIFF)”