At the close of call for submission of entries, organisers of the Lakecity Film Festival have come up with a list of 38 films that will screen at the three-day event in Oguta, Imo State, from August 21 to 23. The theme for this year’s edition is ‘Tourism is the voice of unification’.
Making the announcement in a statement, Ekine Stronghold, the chief executive of Nollyflames Studios Limited and founder of LACIFF, said the festival would focus on films with themes around the arts, culture, tourism and history.
“Like last year, the festival received films that celebrate indigenous film irrespective of genre from all over the globe,” he stated.
Two Nigerian movies titled ‘The Pride and Glory of Nigeria’ and the ‘The Encounter’ have been selected to open and close the festival. Also, three films from the United States of America made the list, two came from Italy, while Norway, Iran, Uganda, Germany, Ukraine, Kenya, Iraq, Colombia, Tanzania, Sweden, Ethiopia, United Kingdom, Ghana and Japan have one film each. Nigeria completes the list with 19 films.
“We will also be recognising movies that advocate, reform, educate while entertaining the public in different aspects that include the arts, history, tourism and the environment,” Stronghold added.
Popularly known as the ‘Lake city’, Oguta is also home to Nigeria’s first female novelist, Flora Nwapa; late legal icon, Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, Europe-based musician, Dr. Alban; popular entertainer and activist, Charly Boy; as well as some popular actors and actresses, such as Clems Ohameze, Camelia Merekpe and filmmaker and Nevile Ossai.