A night of film, fashion and fine dining, the stars were shining on Saturday night, as Moët and Chandon, and Filmhouse Cinemas rolled out the red carpet for the inaugural Moët and Chandon Film Gala.
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Held at The Wings Complex on Ozumba Mbadiwe, Victoria Island, it was a night packed with some of the best and brightest cinema stars Nigeria has to offer.
With the likes of Timini Egbuson, Ikechukwu, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju, Nollywood royalty- Ireti Doyle, and many more strutting the red carpet in a stylish collaboration of African prints and floral fashion pieces – some of which styled by celebrity stylist- Jane Michael Ekanem- the night was themed- “Married to The Arts”.
Not to brag, but Accelerate’s very own filmmaker project’s short film, Penance took home the prize for Best Short Film. The film was made by AFP alumnus, Michael Akinrogunde, who was presented with a one-million-naira prize along with a feature-length film distribution deal.
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Yasssssss!!!!! One of the #Acceleratefilmmakerproject that was screened at #TheFilmGala, Penance, won the 2019 #TheFilmGala Award for Best Short Film. Congratulations @amapsalmist and the Accelerate Team! @filmhousecinemas @filmoneng #TheFilmGala #MoetMoment #Acceleratefilmmakerproject
Also screened at the event, was short film, ‘Wallflower’, written and directed by 2018 Accelerate Filmmaker Project winners and dynamic duo, Joel Adegboye and Seun Richards.
Celebrating achievements in Nigerian cinema, Filmhouse Cinemas contributed to independent, flourishing filmmakers, showing their support for Africa’s ever-growing creative industry.
From avant-garde appetizers to full belly, final course meals of Nigeria’s best indie films, the night was wrapped up with a delectable champagne and dessert-filled after party.
By Timayo Ogunro