After the massive success of the Nollywood travel film festival 2022 in Athens, Greece, the vibrant and iconic city is being set to host Africa’s most significant and foremost travel film festival again, where Nollywood films are screened to people from other races, cultures, and backgrounds.
This year’s edition will hold from May 7-14, 2023, with the theme; The Future is Nollywood.
Nollywood Travel Film Festival is a unique vision strategically geared towards promoting films by Nigerians living across the globe to new and existing global audiences to create new marketplaces for Nigerian cinema.
During a discussion with festival director Mykel Parish at a Boston University film conference, Mariette DiChristina, the Dean and Professor of the Practice in Journalism Boston university college of communication, in her opening speech, stated that Nollywood is one of the fastest-growing film industries in the world. With a vast global audience within the Black diaspora, it’s challenging the traditional mega film industries of Hollywood and Bollywood. After creating the tagline, “Made by Africans, watched by the world,” Netflix has invested 40+ million dollars to stream two categories on its platform: Made by Africa and Nollywood Movies and TV.
Her Excellency Opunimi Akinkugbe, Nigerian ambassador to Greece, said, “We are very pleased that the conversations between the Greek and Nigerian film industry are deepening, and we look forward to the 2023 edition of the Nollywood Travel Film Festival, following last year’s huge success. We thank Mr. Parish for his efforts to connect the two film industries. Promoting Cultural exchanges between Nigerians and Greeks remain a priority for our mission.”
Ambassador Ioannis Plotas, Greek Ambassador to Nigeria, has also commended Mr. Parish for his selfless efforts in improving the cultural relationship between our two countries. I will like to praise you for this kind of initiative, and we reassure you that the embassy will always be here to help, to give a boost not only to our country but in general to strengthen our bilateral relations. The essential ingredient for that is the cultural ties between our countries. Thank you for taking the Nollywood Travel Film Festival to Greece.
NTTF has been held in cities such as Atlanta, Hamburg, Athens, London, Berlin, New York, Glasgow, Helsinki, Oslo, Toronto, and Dublin.
The Athens edition has the partnership of the Hellenic Film Commission, the Greek Film Commission, Harlem Entertainment, Lagom pasta, Blankpage Advertising, Showtime Productions, Directors Guild of Nigeria, Association of Movie Producers, with support from the Embassy of Nigeria in Greece, and the Greek Embassy in Nigeria.