2019 SIGNIS Nigeria Film/Music Festival Set to Kick Off

. . . Unveils Logo, Calls for Submission of Entries

By Mercy Hill

The Catholic Association for Communications in Nigeria, SIGNIS, is set to kick off the date for the submission of Films and Movies for the 2019 Film/Music Festival, from June 14 – July 31, 2019.

This was made known at the 2019 SIGNIS Nigeria Press Conference and Unveiling of Logo held at Ofu Obi African Center, Independence Layout, Enugu, on June 14, 2019.

SIGNIS is an association of all Catholic Media Practitioners across the globe and made up of member associations like the Catholic Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria,CAMPAN; Catholic Actors and Entertainers Association of Nigeria, CAEAN; Lecturers of Communications, ICT Personnel; Journalists; Film Makers, as well as Vloggers and Bloggers.

Speaking during the conference, the National President of SIGNIS Nigeria, Patrick Alumuku, said that the 2019 SIGNIS Festival, which is the second in its edition, was aimed at promoting values that helped to enhance human communities and development. SIGNIS, he said, held the future of films, culture, human principles and Christian values in Nigeria.

Fr. Alumuku, who also noted that film producers would be given the platform to showcase their cultural values, artistry and talents through their Film and Music entries in the forthcoming Festival, announced that the date of submission had been shifted to June 14 – July 31, 2019, while the unveiling of nominees would commence from 1st September, 2019 and the grand finale would take place between November 14 – 16, 2019. He further urged all to put in their best into their various productions, trying also, to send in their entries before the elapse of the said date.

Responding to one of the questions asked, Fr. Alumuku, harped that all entries be submitted through the Directors of Social Communications Department of each Diocese in Nigeria, while music entries be sent as musical videos, because all entries will be judged as Films.

Representing the Chairman, Local Organizing Committee, Fr. Benjamin Achi, Deputy Director of Communications, Enugu Diocese, Fr. Anthony Aneke, said that the 2019 Film Festival would be echoing the burning issues in the society and there would be stricter censorship on all contents sent in for the festival, saying that it would be held at the Holy Ghost Catholic Cathedral, Enugu.

Responding to a question on piracy, Director of Fides Communications, Awka Diocese, Rev. Fr. Martin Anusi,, said that SIGNIS planned to corroborate with organizations and bodies in charge of piracy in Nigeria and serious penalties would be meted out on defaulters. He further spoke on the need for Catholic Film makers to produce movies that best portrayed Catholic values and doctrines, so as to reduce the circulation of derogatory movies that portrayed the Catholic faith in bad lights.

Other executive members who spoke included Fr. Femi Adetunji, Mr. Tony Agbugba, all noted that there would be an improvement in this edition of the Festival to raise the consciousness of people to drama as a means of communication and globalization.

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