This Festival, TIFF invites you to share an incredible journey.

In 2016, the City to City programme at the Toronto International Film Festival will spotlight eight exceptional filmmakers from Lagos, Nigeria. Now in its eighth year and curated by Cameron Bailey, City to City has become a vital launch pad for the careers of international filmmakers.

Please join us for this journey, which will see artists from a vibrant, exciting region of the world tell their stories on an unprecedented stage, engage new audiences in their work, and develop their careers. This journey will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for both these filmmakers and for YOU as a film lover.

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Meet the Filmmakers

Niyi Akinmolayan

The Arbitration

"I am looking forward to sharing this film with you at TIFF. I am also looking forward to meeting filmmakers from across the world, especially those from countries similar to mine, who have to find ever creative ways to tell great stories on small budgets. I’m looking forward to sharing experiences, learning from them, and also exploring the possibilities of collaboration on future projects."

Niyi Akinmolayan

Omoni Oboli

Okafor's Law

"Okafor's Law takes us through a journey of love, passion, infidelity, violence, and forgiveness. It's also laced with humour, which is a common thread in my movies. I love to take people into the world of my movies and make them forget, for almost two hours, their own lives."

Omoni Oboli

Izu Ojukwu

76

In 2008, Izu represented Nigeria at the United Nations Conference on Trade (UNCTDIII) with his work White Waters, which screened at the closing of the conference.

Steve Gukas

93 Days

93 Days is the true-life story of the doctors, nurses, and administrators who fought to contain the world's most lethal and contagious disease in Lagos, a megacity with over 20 million people, and save the world from an Ebola pandemic.

Uduak-Obong Patrick

Just Not Married

"The thematic statements evident in Just Not Married include a statement of hope in the Nigerian Youth. Despite the evident challenges in the average Nigerian society, the young people of Nigeria are consistently resilient, dogged, and die-hard survivors. It is often said that “throw a Nigerian anywhere and he will survive.” This movie shows that Nigerians are intelligent and capable, preferring solutions to their problems and challenges."

Uduak-Obong Patrick

Abba Makama

Green White Green

"I'm super excited and I really don't know what to expect! However, I think the City to City spotlight on Lagos is a defining moment in not only the Nigerian film industry, but the entire history of world cinema. I'm really curious to see what Toronto audiences genuinely have to say about the films selected from Lagos."

Abba Makama

Daniel Emeke Oriahi

Oko Ashewo

"It is so humbling to see Oko Ashewo, a movie borne out of determination to entertain and reawaken an interest in Nollywood Cinema (while paying homage to some internationally influential film makers), get the privilege to screen at such a prestigious international film festival as TIFF."

Daniel Emeke Oriahi

Kemi Adetiba

The Wedding Party

The Opening Night film of City to City: Lagos, The Wedding Party is Nigerian storytelling at its finest. This modern-day love story transcends social class, culture, religion and celebrates love — the universal language understood by all. A brilliant slice of African cinema for a global audience, the film is a refreshing deviation from the stereotypical fatalistic stories often told of the continent. For decades, these stories have shaped the world’s view of Africa as a single story.