The Girls’ Voices Initiative, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in collaboration with the French Embassy’s PISCCA Programme, will honour outstanding persons and professionals during the Women’s International Film Festival Nigeria (WIFFEN) between March 4 and 5 in Abuja, as part of an effort to recognise and celebrate women’s significant contributions in the film industry.
The above mentioned is in collaboration with other partners such as TS TV Africa, the Congo Embassy, Zenith Bank Plc, and Aero Contractors.
Carolyn Seaman, the Festival Director, stated that the inaugural edition of the awards would feature a programme curated for female filmmakers and other stakeholders in Nigeria and around the world, in addition to applying the highest ethical and professional standards in selecting award recipients from over 3,000 films submitted from over 130 countries.
“The festival’s second day (5 March 2022) will hold a few festival activities and present the WIFFEN Awards Ceremony at the Executive Hall at the Abuja International Conference Centre — a major celebration of female filmmakers to commemorate International Women’s Day and Women’s Month.”
“The Festival Committee appoints the members of the Women’s International Film Festival Nigeria (WIFFEN) Jury. Five Jury members from France, South Africa, Canada, and Nigeria make up the first edition. Together with the Festival Committee, the Jury has examined the films in competition (features, animations, shorts, and documentaries) and will announce the winners of the WIFFEN Award.
“The award’s purpose is to recognise and honour great women in the film industry, and to increase awareness and inspire female filmmakers to achieve higher cinematic standards.” “Award trophies will be presented to the winners (or their representatives) in 16 award categories at this year’s event,” Seaman said.