The Edo State Skills Development Agency (EdoJobs) has commenced the maiden edition of the Edo State International Film Festival (ESIFF) themed: Edo to The World  from September 1- 4 2022 at the Victor Uwaifo Creative Hub and Sound Stage in Benin.

So far, at least 1,551 movie entries from 94 countries have been received from the State government for the festival which holds at the Victor Uwaifo Creative Hub and other venues in the state.

Prominent actors Linda Osifo and Nosa Rex, brand ambassadors to the festival will be in attendance with other Nollywood and International movie stars.

The festival seeks to promote creative skills development, job opportunities, and enhance capacity building for young Nigerians.

The event is sponsored by the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Reacting to this development, the Managing Director of the Edo State Skills Development Agency, Dare Ukinebo, stated that a team of international jurists would watch all the films and select the best movies that would be screened during the festival.

On rewards for participants, Ukinebo, who is also the co-chairman of the festival, noted that some categories such as the ‘Best Student Filmmaking’, ‘Best Use of Technology’, and ‘Best Film Shot with a Phone or Tablet’ would be awarded $2000 cash prize.

Below are colourful images from the event, which also have other details you need to know about the festival.