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