- Sixteen awards in different categories of filmmaking would be handed over to female filmmakers
- The award ceremony, a two-day event is being organised by Girls Voices Initiative’s Girl Nation Academy alongside other partners
- This event would also serve as a platform to motivate female creative minds into being the best at their craft while building the confidence of young and emerging talented female filmmakers
In commemoration of the 2022 International Women's Day, Nigerian female filmmakers will be receiving awards in 16 different categories of film-making.
The 2022 IWD themed #BreakTheBias: Imagine a gender-equal world, aims at projecting a world that would be free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.
It would be a day when the United Nations and other gender-inclusive agencies across the world draw up activities that could create platforms for discussion and guide the glove towards ensuring a world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.
Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja on Wednesday, February 23, Carolyn Seaman, the festival director the festival presented by Girls Voices Initiative’s Girl Nation Academy in partnership with the French Embassy’s PISCCA Program and other partners will take place on Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5.
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First, of its kind, Seaman said the premier Women's International Film Festival Nigeria (WIFEN) like the IWD would be an award ceremony aimed at encouraging female filmmakers across the country to be at their best with their crafts.
The event which would take place at the International Conference Centre in Abuja will present a programme curated to female filmmakers and other stakeholders in Nigeria and around the world.
With the first edition of the film festival scheduled to open on March 4, the programme will include discussions, masterclasses, and screening of short, student, animation, and documentary films from the collection of films that were selected from over 3,000 film submissions from over 130 countries of the world.
"The screenings of the films and other festival activities will be free to the public. All non-English films have subtitles."
For Saturday, March 5, the festival will host a few activities and present the WIFFEN awards to recipients at a grand celebration of female filmmakers to mark International Women’s Day and Women’s month.
The awards ceremony will open with a red-carpet event by 4 pm which will culminate into some entertainment and the global recognition of outstanding filmmakers in 16 award categories.
Some of the categories to be recognised include ‘Best Picture’, ‘Best Director’, ‘Best Short’, ‘Best Animation Short’, ‘Best Student Film’, ‘Best Child Actress’ and much more.
The Jury for the WIFEN awards, comprising of five members from France, South Africa, Canada, and Nigeria, has been appointed by the festival committee.
According to Seaman, the team of jury has reviewed the films, features, animations, shorts, and documentaries - in-competition and announced the winners of the WIFFEN Award together with the festival committee.
"The goal of the award is to globally celebrate outstanding women in film, and to raise awareness and inspire film standards for female filmmakers."
Nigerian woman wins award for building software that can teach Yoruba, Igbo and 3 other African languages
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Adenle, who is the founder of an app development studio, Ajala.ai, won the DEI In Voice award from Women in Voice.
The Nigerian-American woman built an Application Programming Interface (API) that could help people learn five African languages including Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa.
Okonjo-Iweala tops Financial Times’ 25 most influential women of 2021
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Although Financial Times said the list is unranked, Okonjo-Iweala, who is also the director-general of the World Trade Organisation, was listed as number one.
Also listed is 81-year-old Nancy Pelosi who is the speaker of the United States House of Representatives, is a unique figure in American politics.
Pelosi is the nation’s first woman, first Californian and first Italian-American to become speaker of the house.