Lai Mohammed Records Another ‎Huge Success As Nigeria/UK Film Project Gets International Recognition, Funding

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Lai Mohammed Records Another ‎Huge Success As Nigeria/UK Film Project Gets International Recognition, Funding

Nigerian Film Director, Obi Emelonye and Charles Thompson MBE of Screen Nation Pictures, have been specially invited for their new project, Ade’s Journey, to join other international and Canadian independent film producers at the International Finance Forum (IFF2017) taking place at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

The International Financing Forum, now in its 12th year, is a two-day business co-financing market, featuring film producers and executives taken place in association with the Toronto International Film Festival, the world’s leading independent film festival.

Producers and Project Managers come from as far as Australia, Germany, India, Israel, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, the UK, and the US.

30 high-level industry executives have registered to attend the meeting with Screen Nation Pictures and other producers at the forum.

Presently, meetings are being arranged to discuss financing of Ade’s Journey with companies including Amazon Studios, Netflix, Fox Searchlight, Magnolia Pictures, and IFC Films/Sundance Selects, among others.

Ade’s Journey is a superbly crafted rite of passage story written by top screenwriter/producer Brendan Foley, set against a backdrop of migration, human trafficking, and football!

Based on true events and hugely topical, Ade’s Journey is creatively pitched in the genre of Slumdog Millionaire and Billy Elliot and is a touching story about a West African boy’s perilous 6000-mile walk from Africa to Europe along the migrant route in search of soccer stardom at a top Premiership football club.

Budgeted at $5m, the producers have cast Ghana’s young multi-award winning movie star Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation, Spiderman: Homecoming) as lead supporters with Isaach de Bankole (Casino Royale, Black Panther) and Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Hotel Rwanda, Black Sails) as collaborators.

British Nigerian Hollywood actors Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Suicide Squad), Nonso Anozie and Wunmi Mosaku are favoured for other supporting roles with a major British actor in consideration for a key cameo role.

With a compelling story set across West and North Africa, Italy, France and the UK, the project already has the support of FIFA, the Premier League, UNICEF and UNHCR due to the child migration and football themes in the picture.

Obi Emelonye is attached to direct with Screen Nation Pictures and the Nollywood Factory producer alongside veteran producer Bob Mahoney (Critical Assignment) of Devonshire Productions.

The project also benefits from an exclusive Executive Producer, Peter Macdonald (Harry Potter, Bourne Ultimatum, X Men) the hugely respected and renowned veteran British Director/Producer/DoP.

News reports reaching TM News has confirmed that the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed is happy with the recent development as it shows that Nigerians under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari are becoming a star in their endeavour, thereby attracting huge endorsement.

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