The Executive Director of the festival, Mr Uche Agbo, told newsmen in Enugu on Monday that the up-coming festival was meant to celebrate both indigenous and foreign film makers as well as already made films.
Agbo, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Okike Media, said that the festival would feature renowned players in the film industry in the like of Zack Orji, Segun Arinze, Patience Ozokwor and other major stars.
In his statement, he said that the film festival will open the doors of South-East, Nigeria through cultural exchange and cinematic experiences.
He also said that the festival, which would be a three-day event, would hold between 25th March and 27th March in three venues located within the Enugu metropolis.
“We are pleased to officially announce the entry of the maiden edition of the Coal City Film Festival; joining the rest of Nigeria, West Africa and the world in the culture of film festivals,” he stated.
He continued: “Coal City Film Festival follows the mould of the world famous Sundance, Cannes, Venice, Toronto film festivals among others.
“Many film festival enthusiasts and industry practitioners understand the global economic, brand advantage film festivals give to the localities to which they originate especially Enugu as the cradle of film industry in Nigeria.”
He noted that the festival like its contemporaries world over will serve as convergence between practicing and independent filmmakers, industry leaders and practitioners within South-East and the country for days of screenings, symposiums, tour trip, trainings and gala/award nite.
He said: “It is estimated that over 500 films have been cleared from over a thousand submissions from over 50 countries for screening at the Coal City Film Festival and a film, “Oluedo’’ will be premiering in its first time at the festival.”
“The opening ceremony of the festival would hold at the evening hours of 25th March, with red carpet between 4p.m. and 5p.m. and the actual opening by 6p.m. at Diamond Cinema, Enugu,” he stated.
He expressed that there would be a three-day training for prospective filmmakers at National Museum, and also seminars, symposia, tour of tourist sites of the state.
He said: “There will be basic learners’ class and master class in such areas as Acting, Directing, Script Writing and Production for two days across three venues in Enugu metropolis.
“Registered participants will receive free unlimited access to the above mentioned activities and registration is still open and free-of-charge till the festival ends via our website: www.coalcityfilmfestival.com.”
“Participants might have opportunity to get a role in the filmmaking industry and we are also planning to set up a professional certificated film and cinematographic academy in Enugu,” he added.