The annual Eko International Film Festival (EKOIFF) is Nigeria’s leading international film festival in the coastal mega city of Lagos in southwestern Nigeria.
It was founded and established by Supple Communications Limited in 2009 and Hope Obioma Opara is the President / CEO of Eko International Film Festival and Supple Communications Limited

The mission of Eko International Film Festival is to promote the appreciation of Arts and Culture through the motion picture arts and sciences and boost tourism in the global village.

Eko International Film festival is owned (Trade Mark and Copy Right) and organized by Supple Communications Limited, the publishers of Supple magazine, the first film festivals and culture magazine in Africa showing previews and reviews of movies and interviews 24 hours daily is on

The inaugural edition was held in the mega city of Lagos in summer, July 7-12, 2010, at the Genesis Deluxe Cinemas of The Palms in Lekki, Lagos, with filmmakers from Nigeria, Kenya, UK, Germany, France, Spain and America. The second edition was held in July 2011 at the Silverbird Cinemas of the Silverbird Galleria on Victoria Island, Lagos.
The 8th edition is from March 4510, 2018.

Rules & Terms


Films must fit into one of the five categories:Feature Film, Short Film, Fiction, Documentaries,Short Documentaries

All music and other copyrighted materials used in the films must be original or filmmakers must have obtained permission in writing from the owner, such permissions to be submitted with the film.

All films must be submitted in English or subtitled in English.


Films must be submitted on DVD for festival screening.

Films must be available for screening during the Eko International Film Festival.

Narrative and Documentary films with distribution (obtained prior to being selected for EKOIFF screening) or films produced, financed or initiated by a major film studio or television network are ineligible for competition, but may be considered for special screening. Selection for screening will be determined no later than one month prior to the festival. Films that have screened at major cinemas and on cable network or distributed to theaters prior to the festival dates are also ineligible for competition.

Films that have played in Nigeria in a theatrical setting to a public audience are not eligible to be screened at the EKOIFF 2017.

Additional Narrative Feature Film Entry Requirements:

Feature-length Films must be 50 minutes or longer (recommended length 90 minutes).
Open to anyone (and all nationalities) who wishes to enter.

Additional Narrative Short Film Entry Requirements:

Films must be short narratives of less than 50 minutes or less (recommended length 10 minutes).
Open to anyone who wishes to enter.

Additional Narrative Student Short Film Entry Requirements:

Films must be short narratives of less than 50 minutes or less (recommended length 10 minutes).
Open only to students (must include proof of enrollment from accredited university or college).

Additional Documentary Feature Films Requirements

Films must be Documentaries, 50 minutes or longer
Open to anyone who wishes to enter.
Additional Documentary Short Film Requirements
Films must be Short Documentaries, less than 50 minutes
Open to anyone who wishes to enter.

In a similar respect the EKOIFF does not solicit films to be in competition.
Only films submitted will be considered for competition.
Returns and Acknowledgments:
VHS tapes, DVDs, and press materials will not be returned under any circumstances. They will be destroyed after the final screenings at the film festival.
Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for each submission if you wish acknowledgment of the receipt of your entry.

Safety and piracy issue

The festival is concerned that filmmakers' rights should be protected against piracy. EKOIFF is establishing procedures that will guarantee these are up to profession's best practice. .

NB- Please don't use Ordinary Mail / Registered Mail , or EMS courier service to send your film.

***Use only DHL, UPS and FEDEX to send your DVDs

2 Reviews

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    Judith Audu

    I totally enjoyed the Festival, my movie screened and we won the Best Nigerian Film, it was a really happy moment for us and we are thankful to the organisers.

    November 2016
    Ekoiff new 2
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Judith Audu for having your wonderful film Not Just Married in our film festival and congratulations for winning. You are always welcome to our subsequent editions.

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    Michael Savage Aka Sirtony

    Very grateful and proud that my Music Video of my song CHILDREN OF THE WORLD was in the Heroic Eko International Film Festival... a truly sincere and devoted Festival to what really matters... here is a special link to view what they shared... ... Blessings Always to Eko International Film Festival

    May 2016
    Ekoiff new 2
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for being part of our film festival. We look forward having you back again.