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“It Happened Again” Selected for Cannes Pan-African Festival

Ibidunni Oladayo’s short film is inspired by a true-life event.
August 10, 2023
12:58 am
Ibidunni Oladayo

Ibidunni Oladayo’s cinematic creation, “It Happened Again,” is poised to entertain with its mesmerizing narrative at the prestigious 2023 Cannes International Pan-African Film Festival, marking yet another milestone in the flourishing journey of Nigerian cinema on the global stage.


Crafted from Oladayo’s personal experience, the film delves into a poignant story rooted in the tragic loss of his parents, who were victims of a mysterious shooting in Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria. In the face of stagnant investigations by the police, the film’s protagonist embarks on a compelling journey to uncover the truth.


Produced by Ifedolapo Agoye with cinematography by Fed Works, the film boasts Chimezie Imo in the lead role, breathing life into this emotive tale. Alongside its Cannes selection, the film secures five prestigious nominations at the 2023 Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival, which include Best Movie Director (Africa), Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Movie Trailer, and Best Nollywood Short Film.


Amidst resounding anticipation, the director took to Twitter to exclaim, “OMG! Our short film ‘It Happened Again’ has been chosen to grace the 20th edition of the Festival International du Film Panafricain de Cannes. This film continues to astound me.”


Save the dates, as “It Happened Again” takes center stage at the 20th Festival International du Film Pan Africain de Cannes, promising an evocative cinematic experience from October 17 to 23, 2023.


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