The Maiden edition of the Coal City Film Festival 2020 has announced its indefinite postponement from scheduled date.
Joining the list of Film Festivals to cancel schedules at a last minute due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the organisers of the Coal City Film Festival 2020 say it ‘…will be insensitive and a direct disobedience of the directives of both the states and federal Government…’
The Covid-19 scourge has left a heavy dent globally. Forcing Major productions to alter their schedules or even make last minute refunds like the NECLive8.
The Coal City Film Festival was scheduled to hold on the 30th of April to the 3rd of May. It planned to bring several film lovers and filmmakers from all over the world to Enugu (the Coal City State) east of Nigeria.
In a press release signed by the Director of Communications, Samuel Ajufo;
The Festival Management Committee after internal deliberations and industry-wide consultations wishes to announce the postponement of Coal City Film Festival 2020 for the time being with a date to be announced later and use this opportunity to express our regrets to the organizing teams, invited guests, attendees, sponsors and other stakeholders for whatever the postponement this change in date may cause. We also urge that we all use this period to observe personal hygiene, health consciousness, proper hand-washing, effective social distancing and adhere strictly to the instructions issued by health authorities at this crucial time until this storm passes.
While other film festivals take patronage to the west of Nigeria, the East based film festival sought to bring attention to eastern Nigeria and would be the first festival to do so.
Notable Nollywood Veterans were already on the line up to take masterclasses and workshops at the festival including Zack Orji, Kabat Esosa Egbon and Charles Inojie.
The Coal City Film Festival 2020 is founded by Nollywood Director Uche Agbo, Secretary to Director’s Guild of Nigeria. It has on the board Veteran Actor Ernest Obi