Toronto International Film Festival 2016 City to City programme will focus on Lagos, Nigeria

"The 1,000 low-budget features ‘Nollywood’ produces each year generate about $1 billion inbox office"- Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival.

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The Toronto International Film Festival have announced that the 2016 City to City programme will focus on Lagos,Nigeria.

The City to City selection is curated by Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Describing the city as inspiring, Bailey stated that the city has given birth to one of the world's most vibrant film industries.

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“Vital, complex and inspiring, Lagos is entirely unique,” said Cameron Bailey. “The city of Fela Kuti's music has also given birth to one of the world’s most vibrant film industries. The 1,000 low-budget features ‘Nollywood’ produces each year generate about $1 billion inbox office. Now, from that commercial hotbed, a new generation of filmmakers is emerging to both advance and challenge Nollywood.Bigger budgets, greater artistic ambition — the new cinema of Lagos is bold, exciting, and ready to take its place on the internationalstage. We’re excited to share the creativity of this remarkable city’s filmmakers with TIFF audiences in September.”

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The 2016 and eighth year for the City to City programme, will showcase filmmakers living and working in Lagos, regardless of where their films are set.

Cities featured in past programmes include London, Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Mumbai, Athens and Seoul. The City to City: Lagos lineup will be announced in August.

Film submissions for the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival are now open. The deadline for submission is May 6, with late submission deadline set for June 3.

The 41st Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8 to 18, 2016.

Watch a clip from AFRIFF below.

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