Nigerians keep raising the bar as two of our own filmmakers, Faraday Okoro and Biyi Bandele have won $1M grant at Tribeca Film Festival, New York to develop their feature film, Nigerian Prince.
The grant awarded to the filmmakers will be used to develop the feature film, Nigerian Prince, which was chosen out of five finalists by a panel that includes filmmaker, Lee Daniels.
The short film, Nigerian Prince which will be set in Lagos, tells a story of a stubborn Nigerian-American forced to go to Nigeria against his will, He joins forces with his cousin, an internet scammer, in order to return to the United States and it will be shot in Nigeria by the New York University film school graduate and MIGHT feature Chiwetel Ejiofor, whom, according to reports, the project has already been pitched to.
The movie is written and directed by Okoro and will be produced by Biyi Bandele and Oscar Hernandez-Topete.
Biyi Bandele made his directorial debut with the 2013 movie, Half of a Yellow Sun. He also directed the third season of the critically acclaimed Shuga as well as Fifty, while Faraday Okoro, a New York City based Nigerian-American filmmaker, Faraday Okoro graduated with distinction from Howard University and has MFA in filmmaking from NYU Film School. His debut short film, Full-Windsor screened in 14 major film festivals, including the Los Angeles Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival among others.
The grant, according to the organisers, is a new initiative introduced to the program with the aim of helping emerging filmmakers.