Filmbusiness African Style
"The second largest film industry in the world" (UNESCO) is called Nollywood and is based in Lagos, Nigeria. The success story of the eccentric dream factory is also shaped by a German tech-investor.
Nollywood is known for low-cost films directly sold on local street markets. In the last few years, however, a lot has happened in the industry. Multiplex cinemas are opening up in Africa’s megacities and the Internet is providing affordable access to worldwide distribution.
The opportunities in the burgeoning industry attract diverse characters. Director Abba Makama sees the moment for an intellectual cinematic movement, a sort of Nigerian New Wave. Bastian Gotter, a young investor from Berlin, tells how he and his Nigerian partner – almost by accident – succeeded in founding the largest streaming service in Africa. Popcorn cinema producer Don Omope also wants to make use of the positive spirit: "We are here to become the Nigerian Tarantinos and Steven Spielbergs."
Documentary 65 min.
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Language versions: German, English
Script, Director: Johannes Preuss
Editor: Tobias Wilhelmer
Camera: Johannes Preuss, Abayomi Akande
Music: Max Clouth
Motion design: Tobias Frei
Animation: Mario Bertsch
Sound Design & mix: Robin Harff
Color correction: Martin Mikosch
Boom operator: Opas Onucheyo
Production: Johannes Preuss, Mark Szilagyi
„Nollywood Begins“ (Intro-Track) and „The Rise of Nollywood“ (End-Track) recorded by Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg; directed by Jörg Iwer
Produced with support of the German Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria