Participants at the Edo State International Films Festival got closer to stardom by taking masterclasses from celebrity actors who shared their experiences in acting and film making.
Desmond Elliott and Mercy Aigbe delved into Politics, Business, and Filmmaking giving insights into the critical aspects of managing a good production process.
Charles Okojie, and Etinosa Idemudia also took participants on the techniques of getting roles and being visible towards the growth of their acting careers.
Over 1500 movies submitted from 90 countries. 150 movies were carefully curated from the entries to screen at Kadacinemas and Victor Uwaifo’s creative hub and sound stage throughout the festival. Members of the Jury went through the arduous task of selecting winners among the nominees. Major wins at the festival include Best Actor male: Ben Oyaye; Best Female Actor Victory Idahosa; Best Director: Joseph Okwoli; Best Short Film: Tare; Best Documentary: Palm for crude produced by Directors Guild of Nigeria.
Others include Best Use of Tech in film: Battle of the West; Best self-owned film: Zara; Best Student Film: The funeral; Best Film Costume: Osasyi Blessing; Best Cinematography: After a while; and Best Indigenous Film: On This Mountain.
Special recognition was also given to veteran actors Alex Usifo, Victor Okhia, Ambassador Lancelot, Charles Inojie, and Billy King. Mercy Aigbe, Linda Osifo, Nosa Rex, Etinosa, Mr Billy King, Yvonne Jegede, Adesua Etomi, and Toyin Aimakun were recognized as trailblazers from Edo State.The Best Film shot in Edo, Omoatama also got a 5,000 dollars cash prize as well as the Governor Award for Best Overall film: Onaiwu.
The Edo State International Films Festival is sponsored by the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.