‘Ijo’, a Nigerian short film, has been selected to showcase at ten international film festivals in Ghana, Sweden, Canada, and the USA.
Earlier this year, the film won the Best Romance Film award at the Couch Film Festival in Canada.
Confirming the film’s official selection, Fatimah Binta Gimsay, director, writer and founder of Hello Films, shared that the film has been well received in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa and Sweden.
Gimsay said, “Ijo is currently in 10 film festivals, a great achievement for a Nollywood short film created by Nigerians for the world. A home-rooted cast and crew made this film with everything in our hearts, and we’re so proud to put it out there.”
“Ijo matters right now because Nollywood matters, and our audience matters. There’s talk about wanting stories that challenge us and show different sides of Nigerians. I believe this is one of those films. It’s a human story that’s Nigerian at heart and works for any audience. If we can make Ijo with limited resources and page counts, imagine what we can do with a bigger project. The possibilities are endless, and many more stories are waiting to be told,” he added.
Starring Genovevah Umeh and Charles Etubiebi, the film narrates the story of a depressed man who seeks closure and healing through dance. It further explores grief and love through dance.
‘Ijo’ is currently streaming on the Hello Films YouTube channel.