by Kolapo Olapoju
The Life House proudly presents the fourth edition of the Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival, which shares with Lagosians the best and most original works coming out of African cinema. Created in 2011, the festival will once again hold over the Nigerian Independence Day holidays from Thursday, 25 September to Wednesday, 1 October 2014 in multiple venues in Lagos.
Embracing the theme LEGACY, this latest edition of Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival 2014 celebrates the continent’s rich film-making tradition, connecting the classics to the avant-gardists in an audio-visual history that spans the times and genres. Our festival contextualizes the work of filmmakers as a part of a larger tapestry of African storytelling as a whole. But this edition comes at an especially historic year for Nigeria which marks the centenary of the amalgamation of its southern and northern protectorates.
Film, as well as television, have been key to documenting that journey, taking stock of where we are today, and foreseeing where we’ll be in the future. That is why we are digging deep into the archives to put into spotlight noteworthy television footage and references, while the bulk of our programming remains dedicated to the best of independent African film.
We also continue to pursue our education agenda through film-making workshops and panel discussions with industry experts. Plus, you can expect visual and musical showcases, and fun after-parties during our packed seven- day program.
This year, Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival celebrates many firsts! It’s the first time special focus will be paid to television, our first 7-day festival, and our first international outpost screening event tagged ‘The Heart and Light of LCA 2014’ which will allow audiences in London or New York to enjoy our selection also in October 2014.
We are proud to leverage old and new collaborations with a number of organizations including the acclaimed African Film Festival, Inc (AFF), the British Council, Alliance Française, Goethe Institut, and The Ford Foundation. We are also happy to deepen our personal alliances with the likes of Nadia Denton, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, Tunde Kelani, Femi Odugbemi and Chika Anadu.