Three Nigerian films, Lionheart, King of Boys and Up North have been selected for screening at the second edition of the Nollywood In Hollywood event.
The two-day event starts today with a red carpet, opening night screening at the prestigious American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
Two more screenings follow the next day at the world’s premiere film education institution, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California.
As a testament to the achievements of Nigerian women in the film industry, women directed all the selected films. “That’s simply amazing,” Maceo Willis, the event’s director of operations, says. “In Hollywood, we struggle with diversity and inclusion. These powerful female voices from Nigeria are showing Hollywood how it’s done. Last year, we had a very successful debut. We believe these remarkable films will be great representatives of Nollywood.”
Lionheart is the directorial debut from Nollywood’s top actress, Genevieve Nnaji. Kemi Adetiba, the queen of the box office, is the director of King of Boys. Tope Oshin, one of Nollywood’s most versatile directors, directed Up North.
Nollywood In Hollywood made a successful debut in 2018. It is co-presented by O2A Media Inc. and two Hollywood giants, American Cinematheque and School of Cinematic Arts at University of Southern California.
A brainchild of Nigerian-American filmmaker, Ose Oyamendan, the event is designed to introduce Nigerian cinema to Hollywood, bridge the gap between two of the largest film industries in the world and create a platform for collaborations and trainings.