Lionheart, the movie that just took the world stage at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (tiff), has been put up for another honour – the Grolsch People’s Choice Award!
Lionheart got international recognition last week when it was premiered at the 2018 International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. The movie is the first wholly Nigerian Film to be acquired by Neflix.
Netflix announced the acquisition of the worldwide rights for the film on Friday September 7, 2018, the eve of its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival.
Netflix, Inc. is one of the biggest providers of content streaming for movie and television on the Internet. Netflix currently has over 117 million subscribers and partners with content providers to license streaming rights for different TV shows and movies.
Lionheart also marks the directorial debut of Genevieve Nnaji, who has been in Nollywood for a good period of time. Nolywood is Nigeria film industry and was recently named by the International Federation of Film Producers’ Associations as the world’s most prolific film industry.
Lionheart movie parades star actors and actresses in Nigeria film industry. They include the likes of Nkem Owoh, Pete Edochie and Onyeka Onwenu among others.
Just on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, Genevieve was interviewed on CNN by Richard Quest, where she shed more light on the production of Lionheart and the challenges of the Nigeria film industry – Nollywood.
According to her, the filming of the movie ended on May 10, 2017. In September 2018, the movie premiered in Toronto International Film Festival. This is remarkable for a Nigerian film.
After the premier, Genevieve took to her instagram page to thank her fans and all those who made the premiere memorable for her.
Just like she took to her instagram page to thank her followers and friends after Lionheart premiere, Genevieve also announced on IG that the movie was up for the Grolsch People’s Choice Award, urging Africans to rise to the occasion so as not to “limit our wins”.
“Let’s not limit our wins Africa. The train has just begun, let’s keep it moving. Please vote “Lionheart”…”, Genevieve charges. She thereafter shared the voting URL with her followers.
The Grolsch People’s Choice Award (GPCA) is a yearly film award, by the Toronto International Film Festival to the movie that is considered the most popular among festival audiences for the year under consideration. The award is currently sponsored by Grolsch. Grolsch is a Dutch brewery founded in 1615.
Often, the winners of the award have gone ahead to win Academy Awards (also called the Oscars) nominations, so much so that the GPCA is currently seen as a prelude to Academy Awards nominations for its winners. Outstandingly, some nominees even went ahead to win the Academy Awards!
The Academy Awards are a set of 24 awards that are given to industry leading talents in cinematography. They are awarded annually by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).
The Academy Awards are for best in technical and artistic value in the industry, thus recognising the best of filmmaking achievements, as adjudged by the Academy.
With this nomination, Genevieve has joined the league of internationally renowned directors in the cinematic industry. Such include Thomas Joseph McCarthy, an American film director that was nominated for GPCA in 2015 for the movie Spotlight and later went ahead to win Oscars Best Picture Award.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won the GPCA in 2017. It was directed and produced by Martin McDonagh who got nominated for the Oscars of that year.
Others in this league of established directors and producers include Damien Chazelle, Lenny Abrahamson, Morten Tyldum, who is a Norwegian film director whose film The Imitation Game won GPCA in 2012 and nominated also for Oscars Best Picture category.
Steve Rodney McQueen is an African-British whose film 12 Years a Slave won GPCA in 2012 and The Oscars Best Picture category. These are just few of the of directors with whom Genevieve has now joined in the ‘hall of fame’ of the film industry on a global platform.
So is Genevieve on her way to her first Academy Awards nomination and win? Time will tell.
@NaijaNotes, we say congratulations yet again to Genevieve Nnaji – the woman with the ‘lionheart’!
See her post below.