The 20th edition of the festival will be held from October 17 – October 23, 2023.
By Hope Ibiale
The Nigerian short film, It Happened Again, has been selected as one of the films to be showcased at the 2023 Cannes International Pan-African Film Festival. The film festival committee made the announcement a few days ago. It Happened Again was created by Nigerian film director, Ibidunni Oladayo.
Sharing the news on his Twitter (X) page, Oladayo said, “OMG! Our short film “It Happened Again” has been selected in Cannes France in the 20th edition of the Festival International du Film Panafricain de Cannes. This film never ceases to blow my mind.”
It Happened Again, is based on Oladayo’s true life story. The short film was written, directed, and executively produced by Oladayo, and stars Nigerian actor, Chimezie Imo. The film follows the story of a young man who struggles with the aftermath of his parent’s murder. Faced with the lackadaisical attitude of the police to investigate the murder case, the protagonist searches for answers himself. The story also explores loss and coming to terms with grief.
The film festival, also called Festival Internationnal Du Film Panafricain De Cannes (FIFP), is a film, art, and culture exhibition platform. Since its inception in 2006, FIFP has created a unique experience for Pan-African film, cinema, and cultures, in the African diaspora. The 20th edition of the festival will be held from October 17 – October 23, 2023.