The Igbo Language movie, “Ifediche”, has received five nominations from the African Cultural Film Festival, popularly called AFFRICUFF, scheduled to hold between October 26 and 29.
The movie producer, Brown Ene, disclosed this on Saturday, saying that the movie was also set to premier November 12, as well as its official release in cinemas on November 17.
Ene, who is the Chairman, Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Enugu State Chapter, made the disclosure during a Premier Press Conference in Enugu.
He further disclosed that Ifediche had in September won ‘The Best Film Foreign Language’ at the Toronto Nollywood International Film Festival, Canada.
According to him, before that, the film received an honourable mention as ‘Best Feature Film’ at the Eastern Europe Film Festival.
“It was also nominated as ‘Best Indigenous Language Movie’ at the 2023 African Magic Viewers Choice Awards and as ‘Best Narrative Feature Film’ by Eastern Nigeria International Film Festival.
“Few days ago, it was nominated by Abuja International Film Festival and received five nominations from AFRICUFF, USA.
“As Ifediche continues to make its path round the world and earn recognitions, its production team has scheduled its official premiere on November 12, and secured its official release with Blue Pictures Distribution Company in cinemas on November 17,” Ene said.
Speaking on how the film came about, Ene recalled that in 2021, during an interaction with former Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, he announced that he would support the state AGN in a talent hunt and film production.
He said that Ugwuanyi’s support, alongside others, gave birth to “Ifediche” and “We are happy and excited that this little project has got us international recognition”.
He further said that the movie was shot in Enugu to project beautiful aspects of the state and centred on a university trained village girl who decided to embrace her root in ihe quest to achieve her lofty dreams, which the big city failed to give her.
“She has to surmount unforeseen obstacles emanating from her root and the dreams she harbours.
“Ifediche is unique because it is a movie that tells about heritage, culture, family and love,” he said.
He further said that the movie was acted by budding and notable actors and actresses, including Pete Edochie, Chinwetalu Agu, Ebere Okaro, Chinaza Onyia, Chinelo Enemchukwu, Jide Kenenna, Chika Okpala, alias Zebruddaya, Offiafuluagu Mbah and many others.
While appreciating all the support they received so far for the production and post production of the movie, the producer urged Nigerians to look out for Ifediche in cinemas from November 17.
“It is not just about Enugu as Ifediche has brought honour to Nigeria,” he added.
AFFRICUFF is a vibrant showcase of African cinema presented annually to feature diverse perspectives and stories from across the continent.