The Edo State Government has received 1,551 film submissions from 94 countries for its International Film Festival, scheduled to run between September 1 and September 4, 2022, at the Victor Uwaifo Creative Hub and other locations across the state.

The director of the Edo State Skills Development Agency, Dare Ukinebo, stated that a team of international lawyers would review all the films and select the best films to be screened during the festival.

Ukinebo, who is also the co-chair of the festival, noted that a $2000 cash prize will be awarded to some categories such as the “Best Student Filmmaking,” “Best Use of Technology” and “Best Film Shot with a Phone.” or Tablet’.

For his part, the director of the Edo State Film Festival, Davidson Izegaegbe, stated that the event is aimed at boosting the film industry in the state and exposing Nigerian filmmakers to the global market.

Edo’s state commissioner for arts, culture and diaspora affairs, while unveiling the logo for the event, insisted the festival is another initiative to fulfill Governor Godwin Obaseki’s promises to the citizens of the state.

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