Nollywood’s Genevieve Nnaji, Nollywood star actress, Genevieve Nnaji has been unveiled as one of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) ambassador.
The celebrated filmmaker will join 49 other globally recognized filmmakers and actors including Priyanka Chopra, Tatiana Maslany, Shamier Anderson, American actors Brie Larson, Kasi Lemmons, Zachary Quinto and Olivia Wilde; Israeli-American actor Natalie Portman; British actor Carey Mulligan; French actor Julie Delpy; Italian actor Isabella Rossellini, Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal; and Chinese actor Donnie Yen among others for the festival which is scheduled to kick start virtually from September, 10 to September 19, 2020. The move to hold the first of its kind festival comes in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A month ago, The Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences, released its list of new members, with 819 invitees, including the talented actress, Genevieve.
Already announced ambassadors include Riz Ahmed, Tantoo Cardinal, Priyanka Chopra, Alfonso Cuarón, Claire Denis, Ava DuVernay, Atom Egoyan, Sarah Gadon, Isabelle Huppert, Rian Johnson, Anurag Kashyap, Nicole Kidman, Nadine Labaki, Viggo Mortensen, David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Jason Reitman, Martin Scorsese, Denis Villeneuve, Taika Waititi, Lulu Wang and Zhang Ziyi.
According to the festival, 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.
Talking about the festival, Geoff Macnaughton, Senior Director of Industry & Theatrical, TIFF, 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.