Nollywood shines at African Film Festival as MAC scoops three awards
Nollywood shone at the just-concluded African Film Festival in Dallas, Texas, as Marrying A Campbell (MAC), a film produced by Caesar Oruade and directed by Ayana, won all three award categories for which it was nominated.
MAC was elected best film of the 7th edition of the TAFF event. He also won the Best Actor and Best Actress categories.
The family drama about a rising housewife who will stop at nothing to protect her family’s social status has taken the film industry by storm across the globe.
The film’s US-based actress and associate producer Bridget John was on hand to accept the three awards on behalf of the team. She was so excited and felt honored that “Marrying A Campbell,” which is due out this year, could be so honored.
Edo State-born producer and actress, Bridget John, who played the role of Rachel Campbell in the film, thanked the organizers, TAFF, for the honours.
She said, “Thank you to the whole team at The African Film. It’s such an honor to receive these awards on behalf of everyone who made the movie a reality,” she told the audience at TAFF 2022 in Dallas Tx.
Marrying A Campbell was nominated for ten (10) awards at the prestigious Nollywood Toronto International Film Festival 2021, and he walked away with nine wins including Best Actor, Best Film Producer (Africa) and Best Actress (African film) which were received by the film’s lead actress and associate producer, Bridget John.
“Marrying A Campbell” screened at the Africa International Film Festiva (AFRIFF) and was a finalist at the festival. It was also screened at the 2021 Cannes Pan-African International Film Festival, where Bridget won Best Actress.
The film, which was shot in Asaba, Delta State, stars Bridget John as Rachel Campbell, Hakeem Kae-Kazim as Charles Campbell, Chelsea Eze as Deinabo Campbell and Yvonne Jegede as Tokoni Campbell and Barbara Ossai as Belema Campbell.
Others include; Jite Fiona as Belema Campbell, Emmanuel Ikubese as Efosa Uwaifo and Barbara Soky as Granny D
MAC tells the story of Rachel Campbell, a wealthy socialite from Nigeria. As the mother of four beautiful daughters, she is proud of her family’s success. When she learned that her youngest daughter, Deinabo, had accepted the proposal of Efosa, the son of a farmer, she set out with the help of her daughters to stop the engagement at all costs.
Deinabo, aware of her mother’s plan, calls her grandmother for help. Ensues are hilarious Campbell family antics. Being an overprotective parent, Rachel ultimately pushes herself too far. She is then forced to stay the same or step back and let her children make their own decisions.
The African Film Festival (TAFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to African films and serves as a platform for educational references to African culture.
TAFF became the premier African film festival in the city of Dallas and was held in July 2016 with great reception from the African Diaspora, the great state of Texas, the city of Dallas and suburbs around metro Dallas .
TAFF was created to give African independent filmmakers a platform to compete in the global market with established filmmakers.