The Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) has announced the constitution of a six member jury for the 2020 edition of Zuma film festival, which takes place December 1st – 7th in Abuja, Nigeria. The jury will adjudicate on all entries in the competitive category of the film festival, which is the 11th edition, and has held back to back since 2017. The Theme for ZUFF 2020 is: “CONTENT CONNECTIVITY – 2: Everyview, Everywhere”.
In a statement issued in Jos, Plateau State and signed by Brian Etuk, NFC’sHead of Public Affairs, said “the jury is most critical to the selection of winning entries and composition of the jury reflects the premium and niche of ZUMA Film Festival, considered as among the fastest growing film festivals and market in the world”. According to the statement, membership of the jury includes both Nigerian and foreign film stakeholders who have contributed immensely to the growth of film production in Nigeria.
NFC named Dr.Shaibu, Husseini as the Chairman of the Jury, who is expected to bring his wealth of experience and those of other members to select winners for the covet prizes of the film festival.
Dr. Shaibu, the statement added is one of the most consistent documentarist of Nigeria’s vibrant movie industry Nollywood, and an astute commentator on Nigeria’s arts, theatre and film development. He has severed as Chairman of the Selection Committee of Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) and a member of the prestigious AMAA jury. Shaibu is a Teaching Fellow at the Department of Mass Communication of the University of Lagos. He is also a Board Member of the Association of Movie Journalists of Nigeria, African Students International Film Festival, Mainframe Film Institute, In-short International Film Festival amongst others. He is a current member of the Nigeria Official Selection Committee charged with the responsibility of facilitating Nigeria’s entry for the Best International Film category of the Oscars, United States of America.
Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, NFC’s Managing Director & Chairman, Organising Committee of ZUFF in the statement says that every efforts to ensure the successful hosting of the film festival is being sustained, assuring that the narratives that Nigeria is indeed the hub of film production in Africa, will again be further demonstrated at ZUFF 2020. Entries for ZUMA Film Festival 2020 which opened on September 1st 2020 and closes on November 15th, 2020. Entries, addressed to the Festival Director, ZUMA FILM FESTIVAL can still be submitted through the free film way platform www.filmfreeway.com/zumafilmfestival; or to ZUMA FILM FESTIVAL Secretariat, Nigerian Film Corporation Headquarters, Jos Plateau State, as well as NFC Zonal Offices in Lagos, Asaba, Umuahia, Yola, Kano and Abuja. Entry forms be also be downloaded from the festival and NFC websites; www.zumafilmfest.gov.ng; www.nigerianfilms.gov.ng.
ZUMA FILM FESTIVAL 2020 AWARDS categories are: Best Cinematography, Best Script, Best Animation, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Documentary, Best Foreign Film, Best Student Film, Best Picture, Best Indigenous Film.
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