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Edo to host over 500 stakeholders, as film festival berths in Benin

9 Jul 2022

Managing Director of EdoJobs, Ukinebo Dare; Edo State Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Diaspora Affairs, Hon. Bamidele Obaitan, and Convener, Real Time International Film Festival, Stanlee Ohikhuare, after a meeting in Benin City.

The Edo State Skills Development Agency, EdoJobs in collaboration with the Real Time International Film Festival (RTF), is set to host over 500 stakeholders in the industry for the 7th edition of the Real Time International Film Festival in Benin City.

The Managing Director of Edojobs, Ukinebo Dare, said the film festival is a programme by the Edo State Government to reposition the state as a choice location for film and television productions.

According to her, over 500 national and international filmmakers, producers, directors, actors, among other stakeholders in the industry will attend the festival which will be held at the Victor Uwaifo Creative Hub and Sound Stage (VUCHSS), Kada Cinemas, and Edo Film Village simultaneously.

She noted that the festival will run for a period of nine days, from August 19th to August 27th, 2022, and will showcase films selected from over 5000 local and international film submissions received this year.

She said in the last six years the RTF international film festival has been successfully organised in Lagos, and for the first time, it will be hosted in Edo State courtesy of the partnership between RTF with the Edo State Government.

“This partnership seeks to attract the entire film industry to Edo State to expose the budding talents in the creative sector to the most important stakeholders and veterans in Nollywood and provide them with the opportunity to participate and compete favorably in the Nollywood filmmaking industry,” she said.

Dare added, “The festival is an annual event organized to promote independent filmmakers and help them showcase their talents in movies. This year, Edojobs is set to co-host the festival alongside partners like German Cooperation GIZ and Kada Cinemas. It is being organized as an avenue to promote creative skills development and create job opportunities for the residents of Edo State.”

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