The PISCCA Program of the French Embassy in Nigeria in partnership with the Girl Nation Academy of Girls Voices Initiative has rewarded no less than 18 women in the film industry around the world
The Award Festival, which goes by the name of Women’s International Film Festival Nigeria (WIFFEN), was an attempt to recognize women in the film industry and part of the activities to mark International Women’s Day in Nigeria.
A Ukrainian filmmaker, Olesya Morgunets-Isaenko, is one of those who received an award for the best pictures in her film, Carol of the Bells Morgunets-Isaenko in Abuja, Nigeria
17 other female directors received awards in various categories including Best Short, Best Costume, Best Lighting among many others.
Representatives of different countries receiving the award on behalf of Morgunets-Isaenko in solidarity with Ukraine
All the ambassadors of the various countries of Nigeria who were present at the event including the French ambassador represented by Rafael Pont, responsible for cooperation and cultural affairs at the embassy and Esmond Reid, the Jamaican high commissioner in Nigeria received the award on behalf of Morgunets-Isaenko.
Festival director Carolyn Seaman said Prime Minister WIFFEN is in commemoration of International Women’s Day 2022, with the theme “Breaking Down Prejudice: Imagine an Equal World”.
The IWD2022 aims to project a world free from prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination. Seaman said that like IWD, WIFFEN 2022 aims to encourage filmmakers across the country to be their best at their craft.
Seaman said: “For us, it’s a journey that started in 2019 with the French Embassy in Nigeria, as we nurture young talent and female directors.
“For the Women’s International Film Festival Nigeria, we put out a call and received over 3,000 film submissions from over 130 countries around the world.”
The other winners are: Best Short Film – Margaux Fazio – Switzerland, Best Film – Carol of the Bells, Best Documentary Feature – Daighters of Eve – Zanah Thirus – USA, Best Documentary Short – The Story of Us All, Women – Itxaso Diaz – Spain, Best Student Film – La Foto Perfetta – Eleonora Mozzi – Italy with an additional €1000 presented by the French Embassy, Best Director – The Letter Room – Elvira Lind – USA, Best Actress – Freedom Come -Maggie Osuome – Nigeria, Best Animated Short – I AM – Shafigheh Asani – Iran, Best Original Score – Last Days of Summer – Zaneta Rydzewska -Poland, Best Lighting – Brave Little Army – Carine Zahner – Canada, Best Costume – Dolapo is Fine – Martelle Hunt – United Kingdom, Best Production Design – The Call of Water – Siena Tone – United States, Best Child Actress – Phoenix – Kenza Ben Dhiab – Tunisia, Best Editing – Pl astic Dream – Hande Yildirimer – Turkey, Best Cinematographer – Dana – Claudia Rodriguez – Spain, Best Sound Design – Arising – Jessica Gallant – USA, Outstanding Juror Award – Helene Pont – France, Inspiring Filmmaker Award – Last Meal – Carolina Castilho – United States.
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