New Film Slate

We’re developing an exciting slate of new film projects,  building on partnerships formed at several international film festivals.


TIFF Toronto International Film Festival: Sept 8-13, 2016



ZIFF Zanzibar International Film Festival: July 9-17 2016



DIFF Durban International Film Festival | Durban Film Market (S Africa): June 16-26, 2016

TIFF this year includes Nigerian films via the Lagos City to City Focus.


TIFF Lagos programme



Dazzling Mirage London Premiere

Sold-out screening at the Ritzy Cinema, Brixton, at Dazzling Mirage’s long-awaited UK premiere on Saturday Nov 7th.

Part of Film Africa 2015!


Director: Tunde Kelani Country: Nigeria Year: 2015 Running time: 124 mins Colour: Colour Language: English

An inspiring story of love, perseverance and hope in the face of adversity from one of Nollywood’s bright stars, Tunde Kelani. A talented young advertising executive is in the prime of life – she’s bright, her career is in overdrive, and she has a supportive and loving boyfriend. There’s just one problem: she suffers from sickle cell disease. Kelani’s film gets to the root of the stigma associated with this increasingly common illness, suggesting that it doesn’t have to define or restrict life. Written by Yinka Egbokhare and adapted by Ade Solanke, this powerful drama provides a much-needed platform for the sickle cell community.

See trailer here

Followed by a Q&A with the director Tunde Kelani.

Excellent post-show discussion which I joined TK for, along with Iyamide Thomas from the Sickle Cell Society.


Film Africa is the Royal African Society’s annual festival celebrating the best African cinema from across the continent. Launched in 2011, Film Africa is now the UK’s largest festival of African film and culture. Every year, Film Africa brings London audiences a core programme of fiction and documentary films alongside a vibrant series of accompanying events, including director Q&As, panel discussions, talks, workshops, master classes, family activities and Film Africa LIVE! music nights.

Find out more about the festival here


Congratulations to Kemi Akindoju for winning Most Promising Newcomer at the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) 2015 for her lead role in Dazzling Mirage!


Kemi plays sickle cell sufferer Funmi in the film.

The 2015 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) took place on Saturday, September 26th at Broad Walk Centre in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.




Dazzling Mirage is nominated for an African Movie Academy Award.

Lead actor Kemi Akindoju is nominated for Most Promising Newcomer.

2015 African Movie Academy Awards

The nominees for the 2015 African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) were announced at a gala dinner in  June  in Los Angeles, California.

AMAA announced South Africa as the host country for the 2015 event, which will be held outside Nigeria for the first time since the awards were founded in 2004.


Read more about the nominations and awards on Indiewire  here and Screen Africa here


Another international award scoop for Dazzling Mirage!


This time we won the coveted Audience Award at  Nollywood Week Film Festival in Paris.


Director  Tunde Kelani (TK)  and star Lala Akindoju were on hand to collect the award.


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Find out more about Nollywood Week Film Festival Paris here

Watch Nollywood Week Film Festival Paris trailer here

I want to be fancy and postsome of their blurb in French!

Vous connaissiez Hollywood et Bollywood, voici Nollywood ! Durant la Nollywood Week, du 4 au 7 juin 2015, le cinéma nigérian est mis à l’honneur au cinéma L’Arlequin. Au programme : projections de films, performances musicales, séminaires et ateliers et la remise du prix du public.

Envie de voyager, de découvrir des réalisateurs venus d’ailleurs ? Envie de découvrir une production cinématographique rare et précieuse ? Alors n’hésitez plus et prenez vos billets pour le festival de cinéma nigérian Nollywood Week ! Voici le programme cinéma du 4 au 7 juin 2015 : 

Read programme details and more info on the great line up here

Nollywood Week Paris 2015 – Festival du Cinéma Nigérian

Cinema l’Arlequin
76 rue de Rennes, 75006 Paris
Metro: Saint-SulpiceOkada Media

Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 8:30 PM Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 11:30 PM (CEST)

Paris, France

Dazzling Mirage Lagos Premiere

Missed this glittering affair, but the others all had a fantastic time on my behalf!

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Mainframe Productions premiered our movie on the 7th of November 2014 at Muson Centre Onikan, Lagos.

The cream of African film talent are featured in it, including Nollywood stars Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju, Kunle Afolayan, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Bimbo Manuel, Carol King, Yomi Fash Lanso and Seun Akindele amongst others.

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This premiere was sponsored by Lagos state government, Still Earth Limited, Top Tea, Access Bank, and powered by Mainframe productions and Brooks & Blake.

Read all about the premiere here and see more pics here

Read all about the film here and see the trailer  here and clips here and here

For more information see Mainframe Movies website here


Another  (earlier) premiere …


Dazzling Mirage also screened at the Australian Nollywood Festival Limited, based in Wellington, New Zealand, the first edition of a festival of Nollywood movies in New Zealand and Australia.

Australian Nollywood Festival (ANF) took place  in September and October, so the first premiere was actually in Australia! The Nigerian High Commission hosted a community reception to premiere Dazzling Mirage at Paramount Cinemas on Thursday, October 9, in Wellington and then in Auckland on Thursday, October 16, at Rialto Cinemas, Newmarket.

The festival featured post-screening forums at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) and Auckland University of Technology (AUT). The forums were hosted by the Film Studies programme at VUW, African Communities Forum Inc as well as West Indian & Caribbean Society at AUT.

Nollywood Movies Awards – Lagos, Oct 2013

Was delighted to be a 2013 judge and bravely ploughed through sixty-plus films of various genres and styles. Still lots of room for improvement in the storytelling, but many films boasted excellent performances.
The star-studded event took place at the plush Lagos Intercontinental Hotel (tallest building in West Africa, I'm told). Rita Dominc (The Meeting), Kunle Afolayan (Phone Swap) and O.C. Ukeje (Hoodrush) were amongst the many winners. Read more here

Screenwriting masterclass – African Women in Film Forum, Accra, Sept 2013

In 2010, the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) convened the first African Women in Film Forum (AWIFF) in partnership with the Lufudo Academy of Performing Arts in Nigeria led by Joke Silva, acclaimed Nollywood actress. This initial AWIFF focused on the theme ‘Nollywood: Women and the Dynamics of Representation’.

Three years later the AWIFF is being convened in Accra, Ghana, with a broad range of partners including Alliance Française (Accra), Brand Woman Africa, Institut Français du Ghana, National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI), and the Lufudo Academy of Performing Arts (LAPA). The theme for this year is ‘Creating compelling social justice content for film and television’… Read more

Resources: Notes from Scriptwriting Masterclass by Ade Solanke

AWDF » News From AWDF »

Africa International Film Festival – Calabar, Nov 2013

Had a great time running screenwriting workshops with young talent from across Nigeria at Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF).


Great gathering,  great ideas, great parties too!  And Calabar is a gorgeous garden city.


AFRIFF is a world class showcase that presents a complete immersion into the world of film making with participation from local and international filmmakers and professionals, celebrities, actors, directors, film critics, buyers, distributors, visual artists, film students, amateurs, equipment manufacturers, and international press.


 Maintaining its inaugural theme “Africa Unites”, the vision is to raise awareness in Africa about the vast potential the entertainment industry holds and the impact it can generate in the economy; and to establish bridges for partnership with international counterparts to ensure quality, expertise and global standards access the local industry, accelerating its sustainable development.

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