FEST PRO, 29 February marked by Nigerian film industry

On the panel ‘From Nollywood to Hollywood’, which was held on 29 February, the Israeli actress, director, and producer Ronya Man and the Nigerian director, Kenneth Gyang, spoke about the film industry in Nigeria, advantages and disadvantages and differences in the film industry of Europe and Africa. We learned that about 2,500 films are made in Nigeria annually and that Nigeria has the second largest film industry, right after Bollywood. They talked about the acting business in Nigeria, whether it is difficult to get a job, whether castings are open and whether Nigerian actors have an open path to foreign productions. One of the main topics was the earnings of films in cinemas on an annual basis compared to Hollywood films.

On the second day of the workshop ‘Casting Actors in Front of the Camera’, the authors of the workshop, Anđela Stamenković and Aleksandra Širkić, continued the conversation about castings. Panel participants had the opportunity to repeat the introduction on the second day, with indications. At the same time, they had the opportunity to do a casting simulation and afterwards to discuss aspects of casting that are important for an actor, such as professional photos, showreel, casting preparation and self-work. The panelists also had the opportunity to see the difference between the introduction made on the first day and the second day, which was made with the indications of the workshop organizers.
Zoran Panjković, Branko Rosić, and Miloš Đukelić spoke at the ‘FEST Cult Then and Now’ panel, which was held on 29 February 2024. They shared with the panelists their personal experiences of FEST, from early youth until now. It was also discussed how FEST should develop and look like in the future, what attracted people to FEST before and where that has disappeared now. It was discussed in which ways to approach young people and get them interested in one of the iconic festivals such as FEST, which has existed for more than fifty years. The panelists also shared their opinions on the approach to marketing and bringing this cult event closer to the audience in Serbia and around the world.

Ministry of Culture
Grad Beograd


Knjaz Miloš
Italijanski kulturni centra