The organisers of Coal City International Film Festival have announced the official selection of 41 films for the 4th edition of the festival scheduled to hold from March 21 to March 23, in Enugu State.
This was made known by the founder and Executive Director of festival, who’s also doubled as the Chairman of the Nigerian Film Festivals Association, the umbrella body housing all film festivals in Nigeria, Uche Agbo.
He noted that the films were selected from over 100 movies submitted from across 33 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, South and Northern America and the Middle East.
Popular writer cum director, Jude Idada, is the head of the jury for the 2024 edition. Other members of the 5-man jury include Chichi Nworah and Theo Ukpaa, Dr. Charles Okwuowulu, Ndufu-Alike, and Prof. Atul Marewad.
Agbo explained that the vision of Coal City International Film Festival is to open the doors of South East Nigeria to the rest of the world through film.
The 4th edition of the festival is proposed to take place at the popular serene environment of Nike Lake Resort and Hotel.
Commenting on the festival, Agbo noted that the 2024 theme, ‘Cultural Renaissance’, will focus on how to utilise the powerful medium of film to reinvigorate a sense of pride in our heritage, rejuvenate and rebuild Nigeria’s cultural landscape while stinulating innovative expressions of our diverse traditions and customs and including conversations around technology, fashion, finance, health and culture, and how film can be used to strengthen these sectors.
CCIFF is an annual international film festival dedicated to celebrating African cinema at the heart of South East Nigeria-Enugu, whilst allowing local and international delegates to savour the diverse, bubbling film, tourism, and hospitality experiences in the historical coal city.