According to a press state made available to the media by the Director of Communications, Coal City Film Festival, Sammy Ajufo, “It has finally come to stay, the Premier edition of the Coal City Film Festival has found a definite landing pad in the Month of March 2021”. Recall last year that at its inception, the festival was scheduled for March also, when the historic city of Enugu was set to host Nigeria and the world to the best of film festival. Our hopes were however dashed when the previously unknown Coronavirus seeped into our consciousness and wreaked havoc to nations and caused a nation and worldwide lockdown.
Undaunted by the effects of the pandemic and resolved to adapt and keep the Festival dream alive, The Board of Directors of Coal City Film Festival set plans in place to host the Festival in the month of March from the 25th to 27th 2021.
As was in its original plan, all the composite events earlier scheduled are set to make a return like the Free Training for actors, Directors and Producers which will be handled by leading industry icons like Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen, Kabat Esosa Egbon, Segun Arinze, Fred Amara, Charles Inojie, Zack Orji among many others.
We learnt that after an exhaustive and rigorous vetting process by a team of the Nigerian film industry’s best from over 700 films submitted from over 50 countries, a total of 100 Indigenous and International entries have received the nod to feature for screening at the Festival. Attendance for the screening is FREE only at the Coal City Film Festival. Venue for the film showcase is Diamond Cinemas, Enugu Mall Independence Layout.
According to the Director of communications “It must be noted that attendance at all Festival events is strictly by registration via our website www.coalcityfilmfestival.com and it is FREE”.
The CoalCity Film Festival will be hosted in the city of Enugu and is open to attendance by the general public. The Festival, the first of its kind of this scale and magnitude within Enugu and the South East affords every film lover, practicing and aspiring actors, filmmakers, investors, International community, government agencies and sponsors to be a critical part of history.
While speaking to the Founder and Executive Director of the festival, UCHE AGBO, he said that “Coal City Film Festival vision is to open the door of South East Nigeria to the rest of the world, increasing cultural exchange through the celebration of African and World Cinema”.
He went further to state that the festival has a ten years master plan, which will culminate into a film village where the festival will now hold annually. Mr. Uche Agbo is also a filmmaker and the current National Secretary, Directors’ Guild of Nigeria (DGN) told the media that this year’s film festival will be both physical and online, and there will be complete compliance to COVID-19 guidelines as stipulated by NCDC.
The passionate festival founder highlighted some of the events to take place during the three days event to include, trainings for both beginners/intermediate classes and master classes, as well as tour around major tourist sites in Enugu, as well as screening of over 140 movies, and award/gala night.
We look forward to such and epoch making event.