Ever thought of having an edition of the first-ever, and longest-running film festival in Edo State hosted in another state, or even in another country? It’s possible, right? Indeed, there are offers to that effect, especially from some states in Nigeria. And there is always a condition to the offer: the name of the festival must be changed to reflect the hosting state! Imagine giving Benin City Film Festival another name.

Now, that’s the problem. The organizers of the Benin City Film Festival (BCFF) cannot afford to mortgage the unique name of the festival for any politically motivated aggrandizement, no matter the inducement. It is the choice of that enviable name that has given the festival its international appeal. Agreed that the festival, in its 5th year running, cannot yet boast of the required and of course, deserved patronage of even the Edo State Government, but consistency has been the Hallmark.

Every edition of the Benin City Film Festival has been organized in line with global standard film festival practice, affording young and old filmmakers a platform to excel. BCFF workshops are manned by not just filmmakers by popularity and practice, but filmmakers by training and practice.

In the area of local content, BCFF allots 50% of its awards to indigenous language movies, while the other 50% goes to films in English, made in Nigeria and across the world. And the 5th edition coming up in Benin from December 21 to 23, 2022 will follow exactly the same format.

Now, talking about BCFF in Trento, as part of our interest in mutual collaboration, the BCFF Team was ably represented recently at the 25th edition of the Religion Today Film Festival in Trento, Italy, by the Founder and Director, Godfrey Omorodion, as a member, international Jury.

Religion Today Film Festival was founded in 1997 as the first Italian film festival on spiritual cinema and inter-religious relations. You will recall that during the 2nd edition of the Benin City Film Festival which was held in UNIBEN, Ekenwan Campus, the Spiritual Adviser to the Religion Today Film Festival, Lia Giovannazi Beltrami, gave the keynote address.

BCFF’22 beckons. Won’t you rather be in attendance?

By osibanews

Eliel Otote A is an Actor and Filmmaker, with a bias for journalism. He was a freelance feature writer with the Nigerian Observer in the 80's in Benin City, he also presented programmes on both radio and television. Eliel is the Editor and Publisher of OSIBAnews Network Magazine, of which this blog is an affiliate.

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