The Lagos State Government has officially endorsed the Eko International Film Festival which is hosted annually in the state.
This was contained in a statement made available to the Nation by the organizers of the film festival which is currently on her 4th edition and it’s billed to come up from 18-23 November, 2013.
The President of Eko International Film Festival Mr. Hope Obioma Opara expressed his appreciation over the endorsement and pledged to work with his team in realizing the dream of building a big film festival in the mega city of Lagos.
He said that there is no way a film festival can be well recognized at the global level without the endorsement and support from the host state and the country at large adding; “film festival outside the direct film business is a platform that can be used to explore the tourism potentials of a country and bring in direct investment to the state and the country in general.”
Responding, Barrister Bukky Agbamiloja, who represented the Commissioner for Tourism and Intergovernmental Relations, assured that the Lagos government is set to bring the world film market to Lagos by this endorsement.
This year’s Eko International Film Festival with the theme: Nollywood in the Global Film Market. And with the backing of the host state, it is a mile stone in establishing an international film festival in every city of the world.
The festival which seeks to raise the standards and quality of the Nigerian film industry to the extent that it elevates the industry to world class status, is also aimed to put Lagos and Nigeria on the world map as an international center for arts and global film market and promote the country’s economy and tourism potential by creating opportunities for international co-productions and distribution, thus bringing the world film market to Nigeria.
The festival boasts of immense benefit ranging from the attraction of local and foreign investments and the attraction of international tourists to the tourist destinations in Lagos.
The organizers of the festival are currently receiving entries from different countries like Iran, Serbia, Holland, South Africa, Germany, France, Spain, United Kingdom, USA, Nigeria and Nigerians in Diaspora will be open till October 15, 2013.
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