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Lights, Camera, Africa!!! 2014 Film Festival – LEGACY


The Life House proudly presents the 4th Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival



The Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival was created in 2011 to share the best and most exciting of African cinema and to stimulate discourse on issues rooted in the African experience in a deeply experential and enjoyable multi-day, city-wide programme. This year the Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival is scheduled to hold again over the Independence Day holidays from Thursday, 25 September to Wednesday, 1 October 2014 with the theme, LEGACY

Embracing the theme, LEGACY, the Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival in 2014 undertakes retrospective and prospective views of the rich and textured tradition of film making in Africa. Presenting a continuum of a great body of works in film and contextualizing the work of filmmakers today and through the continent’s history as a part of a larger tapestry of storytelling with film. In 2014, the Nigerian state commemorates the centenary of the amalgamation of the Southern and Northern Protectorates, the film narrative is integral to the communication of the legacy of this act and its impact on our history and future.

This year’s festival will feature retrospective reviews of classical works of film and television and share the influences of these totems on the now and future of film in Africa. The festival will continue to champion great quality film works (old & new) from Nigeria and all over the African continent.

In our signature style, we will share with the vibrant citizens of Lagos state, a bouquet of films from diverse genres, across multiple venues in Lagos and in a variety of screening styles.

The films, workshops and discussions presented this year will mostly acknowledge and pay tribute to the modern African film icon – including filmmakers and actors, connecting their legacy to the re-emerging and vibrant film movement we see today in Africa and in particular on the sub-continent. We also hope to engage festival audiences by critically examining the African filmmaking tradition with curated discussions, in-depth conversations with veterans and practical industry-targeted workshops.

Film and general culture enthusiasts will travel from around the world to Lagos to attend the festival’s seven days of film screenings, panel discussions, workshops, visual art and musical showcases and industry networking after-parties culminating in an electric and energizing community outdoor screening to be held on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014.

This year Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival will celebrate many firsts! For the first time, special focus will be paid to television, its traditions and role in storytelling. Staying calendar-synchronized with the Nigerian Independence day holidays (and in an especially historic year in our history), we shall produce our first 7-day festival yet filled with great content, experiences and people. Our first international outpost screening event will also occur in 2014 as the film festival will travel with a selection tagged ‘The Heart and Light of LCA 2014‘ and share those selected films with audiences in London or New York also in October 2014.

We proudly continue our partnerships with a number of organizations including the acclaimed African Film Festival, New York (AFF) with whom we launched our inaugural festival in 2011, British Council, Alliance Francasise, Goethe Institut, and The Ford Foundation with whom we launch a formal partnership with in 2014 to develop The Life House film appreciation and education agenda. We are also happy to deepen our strategic personal alliances with industry experts and advisers like Nadia Denton, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, Tunde Kelani, Femi Odugbemi and Chika Anadu.

Lights Camera Africa!!! continues to showcase the brightest ideas in African cinema; promote the most promising film talent from within Africa and in particular the work of local filmmakers in Nigeria.


About The Life House and its film programme

The Life House is an arts, culture, wellbeing and lifestyle centre based in Lagos, Nigeria whose objective is to provide a nurturing environment for creative expression. The Life House acts as  a catalyst for cultural expression and education through entertainment and exchange in Nigeria through the production of  events and programmes.

Since December 2009, The Life House has been at the vanguard  of promoting a cultural renaissance in Nigeria by curating art, film, mixed media, music and theatre exhibitions. We work with and support a diverse group of musicians, writers, performing artists, photographers and academics.

The film programme at the Life House was reinforced in the operations of its resident Film Club which curated the weekly screening of World, Classic and Independent Films (screened over 60 films to a Lagos audience at no cost) from all across the African Continent and Global South since 2010. These weekly screenings were often followed by discussions on the appreciation of the films and attended by filmmakers who are invited to share insights on their subjects, techniques and related issues.

The Life House created the Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival in 2011 to share some of the most exciting and original pieces of African cinema from within the continent and the Diaspora that explored independence through an African lens.

About The African Film Festival (AFF)

For almost twenty years, African Film Festival, Inc has bridged the divide between post-colonial Africa and the American public through the medium of film. AFF’s unique place in the international arts community is distinguished not only by leadership in festival management but a comprehensive approach to the advocacy of African film and culture. African Film Festival, Inc promotes knowledge and understanding of African culture through the moving image.  In addition, AFF works to expand opportunities for the distribution of African films in the United States and abroad.

For information, partnership and sponsorship opportuniies please contact:

The Life House, Lagos

Email: info@thelifehouselagos.com

Tel: +234 703 403 0683, +234 703 417 0400


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