Oyo State government, through the Ministry of Youths and Sports, has assured of its support for the maiden Ibadan International Film Festival.
The Commissioner of Youths and Sports, Seun Fakorede, stated this while receiving a team from the Film Festival led by the convener, Usman Ogunlade, a renowned and versatile filmmaker from the state.
The team, which also had Festival Director, Babatunde Ojobaro; Communications and Media Head, Femi Davies Alagbala discussed the essence of the initiative and plan of action for the festival.
Speaking on the initiative, Ogunlade said it was conceptualised to celebrate Ibadan, Oyo State as the home of the first television station on the continent.
He said, “Ibadan is the origin of filmmaking and as indigenes, we felt we should bring this home, having been in the industry for a long and working closely with the giants in the Industry. It is important to create a platform for upcoming filmmakers to showcase their talents, filmmakers to brainstorm, network and discuss the future of the film industry.”
In his remark, the Commissioner commended the initiative and pledged the state government’s support for the festival.
He added that the duty of the government is to create an enabling environment for youths to grow and the government is ready to support youths with good initiative.
Giving out information about the festival, Ojobaro said it will be held for three days, from September 22 to 24, 2022 in the state capital.
The event according to Ojobaro is aimed at bringing on board the movers and shakers of the filmmaking industry.
“We want to create opportunities for growing filmmakers and creatives with our master classes, brainstorming sessions and networking and of course film screening which will review films from all over the world not just limited to Ibadan, Africa, which is why it is an International Film Festival.”
Meanwhile, the film submissions for screening open on Saturday, June 4, 2022.