Nigerian actress, Genevieve Nnaji, who is Nollywood’s first billionaire keeps getting recognized for her contribution to the creative and entertaining arts as she has added another feat to her table of accomplishments.
The producer of highly rated Netflix featured Nigerian film, “Lion Heart” appointed as an ambassador for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2020 among other selected movie stars worldwide.
The TIFF invites 50 celebrated filmmakers and movie stars as ambassadors annually. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, TIFF 2020 has opted for digital screenings and virtual red carpets in 2020.
Recall that the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences, recently released its list of new members, with 819 invitees, including the talented actress, Genevieve.
Some of the top invitees include Priyanka Chopra, Shamier Anderson, American actors Brie Larson, Kasi Lemmons, Zachary Quinto and Olivia Wilde, Israeli-American actor Natalie Portman, British actor Carey Mulligan and Chinese actor Donnie Yen among others.
According to TIFF, many of the ambassadors will engage with audiences through interactive digital experiences and events. For instance, filmmaker, producer and screenwriter Cianfrance will lead a Dialogues session and actor-producer Oyelowo will be a guest speaker as part of the TIFF Rising Stars program.
Geoff Macnaughton, Senior Director of Industry & Theatrical, TIFF, speaking on the festival, said:
“In a time of disruption, professionals from around the world still look for occasions to come together, share innovative ideas, buy and sell content, and find creative ways to collectively forge ahead towards a safer, healthier, and inclusive future. This year, delegates can expect to find community, connection, inspiration, and talent — the foundation that will serve as the way forward.”
The festival is slated to be held from September 10 to 19.