U.S. Mission backs American-Nigerian film industry collaboration with $25,000

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THE U.S. Mission in Nigeria has lauded the collaboration between the Nigerian and American film industries.

This is coming after the mission revealed support for Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) in the seventh consecutive year.

Building on 2021’s successes, AFRIFF with the support of the U.S. Mission, is billed to award a $25,000 grant to five emerging animators, who produce works in broad areas of climate change, elections and good governance, women’s empowerment, youth engagement, and countering disinformation.

Delivering remarks at a reception for representatives from the Nigerian and American entertainment industries, U.S. Consul General hailed the growing U.S.-Nigeria cultural ties. He explained that AFRIFF provides an incredible platform for artists to explore new ideas, promote dialogue, and foster valuable business connections.

“Since 2015, the U.S. Mission has partnered with AFRIFF to bring together American and Nigerian screenwriters, directors, and film experts to share ideas, network, and collaborate.  Our long-standing partnership with AFRIFF help to further strengthen the Nigerian creative industry as well as our strategic partnership. This year’s event highlights the Nigerian movie industry’s creativity and growing global reach,” Stevens said.