The hosts of Coal City International Film Festival, CCIFF announced the official selection of 41 films for the 4th edition of the festival billed to take place from March 21 to March 23, in Enugu State.
The videos were chosen from more than 100 submissions that came from 33 different nations in the Middle East, South and North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Jude Idada, a well-known writer and filmmaker, is leading the jury for this year’s competition. Ndufu-Alike, Prof. Atul Marewad, Dr. Charles Okwuowulu, Chichi Nworah, and Theo Ukpaa are the other members of the five-person jury.
According to the founder and Executive Director of festival, who’s also the Chairman of the Nigerian Film Festivals Association, the umbrella body housing all film festivals in Nigeria, Uche Agbo, the vision of Coal City International Film Festival is to open the doors of South East Nigeria to the rest of the world through film.
The 4th edition of the festival is proposed to take place at the popular serene environment of Nike Lake Resort and Hotel.
Speaking further, Agbo said this year’s theme, “Cultural Renaissance”, will centre on how to utilise the powerful medium of film to rekindle a sense of pride in our heritage, rejuvenate and invigorate Nigeria’s cultural landscape while encouraging innovative expressions of our diverse traditions and customs and including conversations around technology, fashion, finance, health and culture, and how film can be used to improve these sectors.
CCIFF is an annual international film festival dedicated to celebrating African cinema at the heart of South East Nigeria-Enugu, whilst allowing local and international delegates to savour the diverse, bubbling film, tourism, and hospitality experiences in the historical coal city.