SIGNIS Nigeria has chosen Enugu as the center of the annual national Catholic film/music festival. Speaking in a press conference organized at Ofu-Obi African Center on 14th June, 2019 in preparation for the film festival coming up in November, the National President, SIGNIS Nigeria, Rev. Fr. Patrick Alumku who is also the Communications Director, Catholic Diocese of Abuja said that the Enugu SIGNIS film festival is taking offshoot from the many film festivals that SIGNIS promote and participate in the world.
He said that SIGNIS has been poised to participate in film festivals in all the continents promoting the best film productions especially those that have a special and positive value that is humane, developmental and social based.
According to him, they exist to push for those values that promote the Human person, promote communities as well as development of societies.
“It is in this light that the film festival in Enugu not only has very important role for the future of film production in Nigeria but also the future of human development in our nation. We do hope therefore that this film festival this year will be one which will promote our human values and for us as Christians. We believe that human values are Christian values, so Christian values are human values. What the Christians promote as positive in life is what can be promoted anywhere in life. What we promote as values include the value of love, justice, fidelity, unity etc.
“So we are promoting what is good in our film festival. We will be inviting people from all over the country within the film industry to present their productions at this festival”, Fr. Patrick said.
He further urged every stakeholder and participants to put out something best for this year’s film festival for greater outing. He promised that the coming film festival will really take Enugu by storm and called on all the Dioceses in Nigeria to participate in the film festival. He called it a moment of learning.
In his address, the host, the Communications Director, Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Rev. Fr. Benjamin Achi represented by the MD/Editor in Chief of The Choice Flame Newspaper, Rev. Fr. Anthony Aneke prayed that the coming second edition would come out bigger and better while calling for the support of all stakeholders especially media practitioners to rally round SIGNIS in her quest to sanitize the system with contents that will keep promoting our value system as a nation.
SIGNIS Nigerian annual national film/music festival debuted in 2017 and was held the Holy Ghost Cathedral, from the 1st to the 3rd of December 2017. This year’s edition have been slated to hold in November and as expected film producers and directors and all other stake holders are urged to come prepared with great content for the festival.