My French Film Festival: a week-end into new generation French cinema, all across Nigeria.

From 23rd to 25th February 2017 took place the first French Film Festival, within the whole French cultural network in Nigeria. On the occasion of the 7th edition of “MyFrenchFilmFestival”, an innovative concept of online film festival coming from France, the Institut français in Abuja and Alliances françaises in Ibadan, Port- Harcourt, Lagos, Kaduna, Enugu, Jos, Ilorin and Owerri organised public film screenings in order to offer the Nigerian public an insight into the diversity of contemporary French cinema. The films had been selected both amongst the “MyFrenchFilmFestival” 2017 selection and the recent big cinema successes in France.

In Abuja, 150 people came to the opening ceremony at the Institut français, to see the film “The French Minister”, a satirical comedy on the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The film had a huge success among the Nigerian public. Three short films by young French filmmakers as well as the feature film “The New Kid”, which won two awards at MyFrenchFilmFestival, were also part of the Abuja programme.

In the other Nigerian cities, the films also got a good response from the audience, mostly composed of students of the Alliances françaises and their partner schools, who had the opportunity to discover a different kind of cinema, as well as aspects of contemporary French society they did not know about.

In total, more than 1000 people came to the film screenings: a very good start into the year for the French cultural network, which is working towards more national cultural co-operation.