While cinemas continue to deal with the uncertainty due to the pandemic that’s swept across the world, many film festivals circuits have swiftly adjusted to the chaos by moving to virtual events and streaming platforms to host their films.
Watch Africa Now (WAN) founded by Justin Beekye has become the most highly anticipated streaming service and solution for films featured in these festivals, where viewers can discover hidden gems straight from the African scene.
In November 2020, WAN was named one of Great Britain’s (UK) top best BAME start-ups. Its platform has opened up the doors to a pristine range of award-winning African filmmakers for the first time on a streaming platform.
In addition, WAN has recently secured a deal with a full-service media consulting & production company in Lagos, Nigeria & New York City, USA which see a steady increase in their short-film catalogue.
Most recently, the Black Star International Film Festival, Yaa Asantewa Awards 2020, hosted a successful virtual award event, which saw Nigeria’s award-winning director, Kanso Ogbolu, awarded the best short film for his film, “Therapist” – A compelling story of a therapist whose patients adore and worship her, but not everything is as rosy as it seems.
The young award-winning moviemaker is back with an exclusive collection of creepy short stories entitled FTFO V, premiering the full series exclusively on Watch Africa Now (WAN), a UK subscription-based streaming service for African film festival shorts and independent films.
FTFO V is a 5-part horror anthology like no other, challenging the stereotypical Nollywood film scenery. FTFO started in 2017 and was mostly animated. The short film has received positive reviews from critics, who praised the director, screenplay and performances from the Nigerian based cast and crew.