The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) says it plans to hold an international festival in Miami, Florida, to create network for Nollywood actors with their global colleagues.
National President of AGN, Emeka Rollas, who disclosed this on Tuesday at a news conference in Lagos, said the festival would be done in partnership with the African Travel Film Festival.
According to him, the essence of the festival is to create networking platform for Nollywood actors with their global colleagues
“We will be touring the Telemundo studio in Miami; we will also be exploring the beaches of Miami in a boat cruise as well as get more knowledge through masterclasses on filmmaking,” Rollas said.
He added that the festival would hold in Miami, Florida , from November 9 to November 11, to spur cross-cultural collaborations in filmmaking.
According to him, this is deliberately designed to further expose Nollywood actors to casting directors and producers across the globe which will breed cross cultural collaborations in filmmaking.
Rollas said that the collaboration would go a long way in benefiting the nation economically and further put Nigeria on the global stage.
Also speaking, Dr Alex Okoroji, Chairman, Organising Committee for the festival, said that the guild was excited to be hosting the festival in Miami.
According to her, this is because the city remains a vibrant cultural scene with a large population of Nigerian and African immigrants.
Okoroji said that the theme for the festival is The future of Nollywood Actors in the Global Economy.
“This festival will be a celebration of the brightest Nigerian film and television actors and it will feature a wide range of events.
“The events include a red carpet gala and awards, film screenings, panel discussions, city tours, workshops and seminars.
“Actors, filmmakers, and other creative professionals can network and learn from each other as well as meet and engage with their fans and supporters in the diaspora,” she said.
According to her, the official hosts for the event would be Nancy Isime and Joseph Benjamin.
A line-up of over 70 Nollywood stars are expected to attend the festival according to the organizers.