After four days of consecutive showcase of creativity and capacity building, the maiden edition of the Edo State International Films Festival has drawn to a close.

The festival-themed Edo to The World promotes creativity in the arts, provides an avenue for skills development, and enhances capacity building for young Nigerians.

The event featured masterclasses with industry experts, panel discussions, movie premieres, virtual sessions, and networking opportunities with local and international industry participants.  Some of the masterclasses were also facilitated by celebrity actors including Desmond Eliott, Charles Inojie, Mercy Aigbe, and Etinosa Idemudia as they shared their approaches and experiences in various areas of acting and production.

Over 1500 movies were submitted from 90 countries. 150 movies were carefully curated from the entries to screen at Kada cinemas and Victor Uwaifo’s creative hub and sound stage throughout the festival.

Winners emerged for various movie categories announced by a selection Jury.  Major wins include Best Actor male: Ben Oyaye; Best Female Actor Victory Idahosa; Best Director, Joseph Okwoli; Best Short Film,Tare; Best Documentary, Palm for crude produced by Directors Guild of Nigeria

Best Use of Tech in film, Battle of the West, Best self-owned film: Zara and Best Student Film, The funeral. Others are Best Film Costume, Osasyi Blessing; Best Cinematography, After a while a movie from Egypt; Best Indigenous Film, On This Mountain with a $5,000 prize. Heartbeats of our time awards: Awards for Legends and Trailblazers; The Legends – Alex Usifo, Victor Okhia, Ambassador Lancelot, Charles Inojie. Billy King: Best Film shot in Edo Film with 5,000 dollars cash prize Governor’s Award Omoatama and the Governor’s Award for Best Overall film: Onaiwu

The Edo State International Films Festival is sponsored by the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.