Paris stands still for Nollywood at third annual NollywoodWeek film festival

Nollywood A Listers including Lala Akindoju, Kunle Afolayan and Jocelyn Dumas wowed the crowds as the stars stormed Paris to present their movies at the third annual NollywoodWeek Paris.

The event held from the 4th of June in the French capital at Cinema L’Arlequin saw Parisians being treated over 4 days to some of Nollywood’s finest offerings from Nigeria and diaspora including award-winning movie October 1st, Obi Emelonye’s Thy Will Be Done and Love or Something Like That amongst others.

Nigeria’s massive and highly lucrative film industry (popularly called Nollywood) is the third biggest in the world with an output rivalled only by the US movie industry. Although quality has not been great in the past, these days, Nollywood movies are being produced to amazing standards with contemporary story lines that reflect the changing face of the country’s landscape.

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Curator Serge Noukoue told the VOA, that the festival plays a huge part in bringing movies from the African continent to Europe. “Paris is the world’s cinema capital in a way. It’s a really important city for cinema. It’s a city that matters and I believe Nollywood is a cinema that matters. I believe it just makes sense to have a platform here for Nollywood, and especially for Nollywood’s finest films.”

See some photos from the event below.

Tunde Kelani is presented with the public's choice award for his movie 'Dazzling Mirage'. Photo: Nollywoodweek Paris

Tunde Kelani is presented with the public’s choice award for his movie ‘Dazzling Mirage’. Photo: Nollywoodweek Paris

Award winning director Tunde Kelani poses with Lala Akindoju. Photo: Nollywoodweek Paris

Award winning director Tunde Kelani poses with Lala Akindoju. Photo: Nollywoodweek Paris

Nigerian superblogger Linda Ikeji strikes a pose. Photo: Obi Emelonye

Nigerian superblogger Linda Ikeji strikes a pose. Photo: Obi Emelonye

Photo: Nollywoodweek Paris.

Photo: Nollywoodweek Paris.

Jocelyn Dumas and Obi Emelonye. Photo: Obi Emelonye

Jocelyn Dumas and Obi Emelonye. Photo: Obi Emelonye

Nollywood director Obi Emelonye with guest. Photo: Obi Emelonye

Nollywood director Obi Emelonye with guest. Photo: Obi Emelonye

Obi Emelonye, Kunle Afolayan and Tunde Kelani pose with other Nollywood experts at Nollywoodweek Paris. Photo: Obi Emelonye

Obi Emelonye, Kunle Afolayan and Tunde Kelani pose with other Nollywood experts at Nollywoodweek Paris. Photo: Obi Emelonye

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