About 93 films from over 15 countries across the globe are screening from July 20 to 25, at the sixth edition of the Realtime International Film Festival.
Themed ‘RTF Hybrid’ the festival which managed to host a virtual festival last year, aims for a real-tual event this year comprising a physical space at the New African Shrine, Lagos, and a virtual livestream of events at the festival including the opening festivals, film screenings and masterclasses.
Beyond the six films Da Yie (Ghana); Omugwo (Nigeria), The Sauna (Sweden); November 1st (UK); Ayanfe (Nigeria); Sticker (Macedonia); and The Girl In The Yellow Jumper (Uganda) that opened the festival, there are about 24 Nigerian films, shorts and movies.
They include Chike Chike’s Abiku; Emil Garuba’s Last Tango In Abuja; Somtochukwu Onubogu’s Light Strands; Sean Omoluabi’s 11ː59; Kester Nsirim’s Inquest and Charles N. Olumense’s Stuck in Deep Mud. Also, screening are Coin by Achor Yusuf; Efunsetan Aniwura by Joshua Ojo and Funmi Holder; Go Slow by Adeniyi Joseph; Right Words by Omoyefe Majoroh; Funke, Wash Your Hands In Yoruba by Egukwe M. Yugbovwve; Badewa Ajibade’s Jumper; Julie O. Ako’s Bride Untangled; Ayodeji Ayodele’s Pranked; Moses Akerele’s Efemena; Gboro Erimantoe’s Edeleyo – In The Hands of Fate; Simon Peacemaker’s Locked; Tochukwu Nwaiwu’s Dream Chaser; Ayo Adewunmi’s Confra; Coming From Insanity by Akinyemi S. Akinropo and Life of Bin by Moses Akerele.
Second largest entries came from Iran with 14 films, United Kingdom 7; United States 6; Jordan, Spain and Germany 3 each; 2 entries each from Australia, Belgium, Ghana and Canada; and one each from Sweden, Italy, Colombia, Congo, Korea, China, Cameroon, Uganda, Trinidad and Tobago, Moldova, Kenya Poland, Turkey, Greece, Togo, Israel, Brazil, Egypt and France.
About 20 to 23 films will be screened each day, with interval breaks for discusses on screened works, the Realtime Filmmaking Challenge, in addition to masterclasses and advantages sessions spread across the festival days.
72 awards divided into seven categories, The Hourglass Award, Generic Award, The Big Seven, Competitive and Free to Submit Award and Non-Award and Free to Submit Award categories. Unusual but worthy to mention award categories include Films Made by a Child Director aged 7 to 15 years; Best Film Made for Kids by any Filmmaker, Best African Animation, Best 360 Degrees Film, Best Advert Commercial, Best Movie by an African Female Director or Producer and Best Festival Themed Film – The Big Seven.