Thursday, June 16, 2016


Press Release


Photo courtesy of TIFF

TORONTO – The Toronto International Film Festival® announced the 2016 City to City programme will focus on Lagos, Nigeria. The City to City selection is curated by Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. 

“Vital, complex and inspiring, Lagos is entirely unique,” said Cameron Bailey. “The city of Fela Kuti's music has also given birth to one of the world’s most vibrant film industries. The 1,000 low-budget features ‘Nollywood’ produces each year generate about $1 billion in box office. Now, from that commercial hotbed, a new generation of filmmakers is emerging to both advance and challenge Nollywood. Bigger budgets, greater artistic ambition — the new cinema of Lagos is bold, exciting, and ready to take its place on the international stage. We’re excited to share the creativity of this remarkable city’s filmmakers with TIFF audiences in September.” 

This is the eighth year for the City to City programme, which showcases filmmakers living and working in a selected city, regardless of where their films are set. Cities featured in past programmes include London, Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Mumbai, Athens and Seoul. 

The City to City: Lagos lineup will be announced in August. The 41st Toronto International Film Festival runs September 8 to 18, 2016

Lagos - Ozumba Mbadiiwe street with Civic Center in background (Photo courtesy of

About TIFF 

TIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world, through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $189 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation and RBC. For more information, visit  

"The new cinema of Lagos is bold, exciting, and ready to take its place on the international stage." 

#CitytoCity #TIFF16 

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