As part of the preparation for A-TIPSOM Film Exhibition, on Tuesday 6th October 2020, FIIAPP, a Spanish public sector foundation, hosted a seven-member committee assigned to screen and select the best films and documentaries from over 461 films submitted from across 71 countries. The countries with highest film submissions are: India, United States, Spain, Nigeria, Italy, Brazil, Iran, France, United Kingdom, Argentina, Turkey and Portugal. The jurors were drawn from National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Network of CSOs Against Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL), Nigeria Film and Video Censor Board, and Nigeria Film Corporation.
During the selection process, the jurors watched the shortlisted films and selected the best three entrants. Selected films focused on sex trafficking, smuggling of migrants, and organ harvesting.
The Action against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (A-TIPSOM) is a Project implemented by FIIAPP and funded by the EU under the 11th EDF to support the Government of Nigeria in reducing the incidences of Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants.
The planned Film Exhibition is aimed at boosting awareness on the fight against human trafficking and smuggling of migrants within the film industry and the general populace at large. The film exhibition will include short films and documentaries on human trafficking and smuggling of migrants made by Nigeria film makers.
The film exhibition was scheduled to hold by ending of this year, 2020 but with the unfortunate incidence of the spread of Covid-19 and the consequent lock-down this may not be possible again. Hopefully by first quarter of next year it will hold and will be attended by top government officials, members of diplomatic missions, youth, students, representatives of non-governmental organizations, and survivors of human trafficking.
Joseph Chidiebere Osuigwe