Background & History
The Benin City Film Festival was launched in November 2018, as a new entity that offers a platform encouraging and promoting the works of local (community based) as well as National, and International emerging filmmakers. It is a cost friendly platform for showcasing these works in an environment where they have access to experienced industry professionals. BCFF is the only independent film festival in Edo State, and the only film festival that takes place in Benin City. BCFF screens premieres of international and national feature films, short films and documentaries. This year edition, scheduled to take place at Cultural Centre, University of Benin, Ugbowo, Benin City from 11th – 14th November, 2020 marks its 3rd edition.
Who We Are
Benin City Film Festival is a non-profit Organization with a Board (Organizing Committee) currently made up of 9 members, primarily from the community, who make the decisions in relation to the festival, including the appointment of the Festival Co-Directors.
BCFF also has an international Advisory Board comprising of LIA GIOVANAZZI BELTRAMI, Italian based filmmaker and Founder Religion Today Film Festival.
Prof, Emmanuel Emsealu, Department of Film and Theater Arts, University of Port Harcourt, Prof Josephine Mokwunyei, Theater Arts Department, University of Benin. Dr. Peddie Okao, Filmmaker and CEO Prolens Movies, Mr. Eliel Otote A, is a Music and Film Maker, Film Coach and Culture Consultant, Hon. Agharese Idubor, PR and Event Management Consultant, Chief Ogie Ogedegbe, Filmmaker and CEO MIL Pictures LTD. Mr. Osezuah Anthony Elimihe, a Knowledge Management Consultant,
Godfrey Omorodion – Festival Director
Eliel Otote A. – Head of Jury
David Esezimetor – programmer
Osezuah Anthony Elimihe – Media director
Victoria Olabisi – Language program coordinator and volunteer coordinator.
Bisola Olajuyi – International program & hospitality coordinator
Stella Izevbigie – Educational and outreach adviser
Kosi – Technical manager
Glory Osagiede - Graphics Digital/Online programmer
To create an atmosphere for growing, dialoguing around and enhancing the content of films, the expertise of practitioners, and present quality films to visiting professionals, amateurs, local, national and international film enthusiasts in a commitment to make BCFF one of the most resourceful film market and festival in Africa.
The primary objectives of the Festival are to provide a resourceful platform:
1. Where the business and craft of Nigerian films are enhanced and marketed to the film content consuming world by attracting quality film resource persons, buyers and critics from all over Nigeria and around the world to BCFF events every year.
2. for viewing some of the best of feature films, documentaries, shorts, and experimental projects for the entertainment and instructions of attendees and participants at the BCFF annually.
To this end, BCFF is committed to being:
A. A place for dialogues, healthy discussions and trainings to film business and film craft professionals and amateurs in and around the world by ensuring that BCFF is attractive to international film and motion picture contents directors to help enrich festival and participants through insights from their works and about the art of filmmaking
B. A machinery for exposing the ancient City of Benin in particular and the entire Edo State in general to a sustainable long term to a long term patronage of its vast tourism realities and potential to resourceful global creative business and craft audiences.
Finally BCFF is geared towards encouraging co-production relationships in films, TV shows, Documentaries and any other rewarding motion picture content between local players.
The film festival pursues these objectives by making local and international visitors at the festival engage in the creative film-making process discussions through symposia seminars, trainings, screenings, content critiques, tourism events and workshops as well as providing quality entertainment (music, local , and sundry other events)
Overall Experience of Group
The core team of workers on the festival has been carefully selected from industry practitioners. This core team is starting to take on the challenges of making Benin City Film Festival an internationally recognized and world class event. This means being ambitious but still focused and realistic about what is achievable within any given time within available resources. These challenges include getting more national and international media coverage, building an outreach programme that will extend the life of the festival, but also the geographical catchment area, and improving upon the delivery of the festival as a landmark event in Edo State. The ad-hoc employees and volunteer group gain a different but no less valuable experience, learning skills in areas of communication, media, hospitality and many more.
The theme for this year's festival is “Building Bridges” and it will focus on collaboration with other film industries of the world in film production and distribution. The festival will celebrate the empowerment of women, in front of and behind the camera. BCCF will also host a debate that will address contemporary issues bedeviling the film industry, which will be attended by some leading national speakers. Our festival will draw a domestic and international audience that will recognize creative works in an atmosphere of celebration. Festival-goers will be taken on bus trips from the festival venues to the local historical sites in Benin City. Audiences can choose from ten films every day, partake in exciting question and answer sessions with the filmmakers. Next Generation Filmmakers Hub- we plan to develop and nurture relationship with colleges and film students and up-and-coming film talents during this edition of the festival.
There will be a Gala and an Award Night to be hosted by the state government.