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The opening Ceremony of the Abuja International Film Festival, AIFF, was another moment for movie lovers and people in the creative film making and entertainment industry.

The award ceremony, which kicked off at the Silverbird Cinemas, Abuja, on Tuesday had in attendance the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Lai Mohammed; a Senator, Ben Bruce; the Director of the Actors Guild, Fred Amata; Segun Arinze; notable Nollywood actors and actresses and a host of international delegates.

In his opening remark, Mr. Mohammed said his ministry will provide 180 people in the creative industry with capital each year to pursue their creative ideas.

“Our goal is to transform the creative industry into a creative economy; provide capacity building and bridge the gap between the creative industry and the private sector”, he added.

In his vote of thanks, Ben Bruce pledged his full support for the film festival and encouraged the organizers to keep up with the ceremony each year.

The Director of Abuja International Film Festival, Mr. Fidelis Duker, has said that the organisers had received entries from 54 countries for the 2016 edition of the annual fiesta, which opened on Tuesday night.

Duker said at the opening of the festival at the Silverbird Galleria in Abuja that 767 films would be screened during the 13th edition of the fiesta, which would end on Oct. 7.

He described the entries as unprecedented since the inception of the festival in 2004.

This year’s festival has as its theme “Connecting Global Audiences.”

He said, “This has become so significant based on the theme of the festival this year.

“Our global partnership has allowed us see films from countries like Iran, Argentina, India, Germany, Cameroon and the U. S.

“The participating countries expressed satisfaction at the 2016 edition of the fiesta which also involved a documentary master class of America Film exhibition.

“This master-class will facilitate a dialogue between authors, producers, distributors, cinema owners, television companies, internet actors and financiers, with filmmakers of four American films screening at this year’s festival.”

Duker said the four-day event would feature seminars, panel discussions and awards for films and actors and other stakeholders, nominated for the AIFF awards.

The Abuja International Film Festival, which is organised by NAFIFO Ventures Ltd, started in 2004. It is a platform where films, stars, producers within and outside Nigeria are showcased.

The festival is affiliated to the Durban International Film Festival, Dahlegona International Film Festival, Georgia International Film Festival, Commonwealth International Film Festival and other renowned Film Festivals.

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