International Film Festival Rotterdam, one of the world’s reputable film festivals, has selected Oris Aigbokhaevbolo, a Nigerian film critic, for its annual Trainee Project for Young Critics.
The festival inaugurated the Trainee Project for Young Critics in 1998 after noticing that “Young and upcoming film critics from outside the Netherlands get less opportunities to explore and sharpen their knowledge and views on independent and experimental cinema.” Thus the IFFR designed the programme to open up opportunities for talented, motivated film critics and affords the selected critics a chance to travel abroad and cover an international film festival.
Joining Aigbokhaevbolo at the festival are three film critics from Europe: Tina Poglajen from Slovenia, Ruben Demarsen from Belgium and Harriet Warman from the UK. All four critics will cover the festival for their own media affiliations and contribute reviews to the festival’s Daily Tiger newsletter.
Oris Aigbokhaevbolo will be covering the Rotterdam film festival for pan-African website This Is Africa, where he contributes culture reportage and analysis. He also writes film reviews for True Nollywood Stories; and has covered the European Film Festival, Nigeria; the Czech Film Festival, Jos; Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival, Lagos; and the Durban International Film Festival, South Africa.
For 12 days the International Film Festival Rotterdam screens fiction, documentary films, short films and media art. It also features themed programmes and retrospectives.
The Trainee Project for Young Critics is one of several projects running within the festival to encourage film making, film producing and journalistic talent. The main festival section Bright Future presents recent works by first and second time filmmakers; CineMart organizes a trainee project for young film producers; and the Hubert Bals Fund contributes to film projects in developing countries.
Named for the festival’s first director, the Hubert Bals Fund is given to filmmakers from developing countries to aid worthy projects. The Fund has supported “1000 projects from 100 countries,” with Nigeria joiningthose countries when Jos-bred director Kenneth Gyang received the grant for a script. The script became his first feature, the multiple AMAA award winning Confusion Na Wa.
The 44thInternational Film Festival Rotterdam runs from January 21 to February 1, 2015.
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