iREP International Documentary Film Festival is just two weeks away. The annual  festival celebrates the best of documentary films in Africa and beyond. In case, you haven’t attended previous editions or not up-to-date with the this year’s schedule, don’t worry, we got you covered. We have provided the right information you need below to guide and convince you to attend the event.

A Place for Networking

This year marks the ninth edition of the festival which has been acclaimed the biggest documentary film festival in West Africa.  The festival usually opens  with a cocktail so what this means is that you will be networking with both local and international documentary filmmakers who will be on ground to share insights on their works.

Watch the Best of Documentary Films

Over 30 international documentary films have been carefully selected to screen at this year’s festival. Each of these films are relevant to the festival’s theme of Africa-in-Self-Conversation, thus you will be exposed to diverse cultures and views on the Africa continent. Also, the  films selection is also in conjunction with Africa World Documentary Film Festival, AGDOK and German documentaries.

Pitch Your Film

iREP in partnership with the Independent Television Producers Association of Nigeria will host a pitch forum for documentary filmmakers at this year’s event. It doesn’t matter if you are a young or old documentary filmmaker; all will be given equal opportunity to present their non-fictional film project ideas with special focus on social/cultural developments in and around Africa before a selection panel. The proposed pitching forum seeks to grow and encourage a spirited generation of factual filmmakers.

An Opportunity to Hone Your Skills

Ever wondered how to effectively tell a story or direct a documentary? There will be a training opportunity for 70 young and upcoming filmmakers on the ‘Basics of Storytelling’ and the ‘Vision of Directing’. The training is in partnership with the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC).

Be Part of the Conversation

Keynote speeches and presentations at iREP Film Festival are important events not to be missed. This year, the conversations will go further, as leaders of thought in filmmaking and film theory will be in conversation with the community of filmmakers present at the festival. It would be an in-depth interaction that goes beyond the top-down approach of paper presentations.

iREP is slated for March 21-24, at Freedom Park, Broad Street; and Nigerian Film Corporation, Ikoyi, Lagos.