09 September 2016

SA and Nigeria to showcase at TIFF

Nigeria and SA are set to represent Africa at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) with 12 films. The TIFF is held annually in September in Toronto. Eight Nollywood and four South African films will be screened at this year's edition.

Since its inception in 1976, Nigerian films have barely made an appearance in Toronto; with Half of a Yellow Sun serving the exception in 2013. With eight films representing this year Nigeria proves position of being the third largest film industry in the world.

Nigerian films set to be screened at TIFF include, 76 (formerly titled Lions of '76) 93 Days, Just Not Married, Taxi Driver: Oko Ashewo, The Arbitration, Green White Green, 'Okafor's  and The Wedding Party.

Unlike Nigeria, SA films are no strangers to Toronto audience. Last year four of SA's films were screened and this year another four will be showcased at the festival.  SA's Happiness is a Four Letter Word made history at the SA box office by becoming the second highest grossing domestic film in 2015/16 is among the four films that are set to make SA proud.

Other films to be showcased are Pop Lock n Roll, South Africa's first ever hip hop and break-dance film, Mrs. Right Guy directed by Adze Ugah and Hatched Hour directed by Judy Naidoo.

"During the festival we will showcase South African films that have received rave reviews globally, as well as made history at the South African cinema. In addition, two of the films will be enjoying their debut screenings at the festivals market," said Mayenzeke Baza AAA Entertainment head of sales.
Thulile Gama