Highly rated Nigerian feature film Eyimofe (This Is My Desire) has emerged winner of the Best Feature Narrative at this year’s BlackStar Film Festival, the world’s premier celebration of Black, Brown, and Indigenous people in film and TV.
This year’s BlackStar Film Festival line-up included approximately 80 films including 19 world premieres, from 27 countries. In addition to several live programs, panels and select in-person events, and screenings, BlackStar Festival’s selections will now be considered during qualification rounds into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for both short documentary and short narrative films. This means that Eyimofe as BlackStar’s Best Narrative Short and Best Documentary Short winner, is eligible for entrance at the Academy Awards.
The lead sponsor for this year’s festival was Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. The panel, while declaring Eyimofe winner of the category, stated: “Eyimofeis a beautifully shot, vibrant film whose cinematography believes fully in its environment, and carries an acting style that captures a complete snapshot of life in a place.”
Eyimofe opened to US cinemas on Friday, July 23, at the Film Forum, New York, following Janus Films’ acquisition of its rights for the North American market. While the film’s impressive screening continues in New York and Los Angeles, going into its second week at the Laemmle Royal, and third week at Film Forum, it has also commenced its weeklong run in Atlanta, Georgia (Landmark Midtown); Albuquerque, New Mexico (Guild Cinema); and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
However, starting from August 13, Eyimofe will open in Brooklyn, New York (BAM); Hudson, New York (Time & Space Ltd.) Tucson, Arizona (The Loft Cinema) and will also be doing weekend screenings in Dallas at the Texas Theatre on August 14 and 15. On August 20, it will be opening at the Roxie in San Francisco.