REVIEW: REAL TIME INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL INAUGURAL LAGOS EDITION
The inaugural edition of the Real Time International Film Festival (RTF) themed Emotions took place in Lagos, Nigeria between September 29 and October 3, 2016. Its uniqueness is hinged on the fact that it is was founded by and for independent filmmakers seeking to express themselves through their craft, from story-telling to technical expertise. It is a technology-driven festival that encourages filmmakers to participate from all over the world, without being physically present. The festival is affiliated to the Australian Festival of African Film (AFAF) and aims at identifying new talents and celebrating the veterans of the industry, while fostering co-operation and co-production between filmmakers (from across the globe). The festival was attended by film enthusiasts, international filmmakers, film critics, as well as visual and performing artists. Notables present were Femi Odugbemi a foremost documentary filmmaker, and a member of the international jury for the festival, and Shaibu Husseni, a seasoned film journalist who has served as juror and programmer at international film festivals and award schemes. There were over 800 submissions in different categories including animation, documentaries, short films and feature length films from 60 countries. A total selection of 60 films were screened with a third of these from Nigeria. Organized by filmmakers, the 4-day event also included panel discussions and master classes on film related areas like still photography. Visual artist and creative photographer, Barett Akpokabayen facilitated the panel on photography.