On July 22, 2020, as part of The 20/20 Series, we welcomed Renowned Nollywood Filmmaker & Producer, Femi Odugbemi, and NYFA’s Filmmaking & Cinematography Creative Director, Liz Hinlein.
“The 20/20 Series” is a pop-up event, presented by New York Film Academy and created by Liz Hinlein, that takes us into the homes, hubs, and workspaces of an array of dynamic creative visionaries to allow for relaxed, engaging conversations on craft, creation, and artistic vision.
Femi Odugbemi is Academy Director of the Multichoice Talent Factory (West Africa) and an accomplished Filmmaker and Content Producer. A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the United States, Femi has served as President of The Independent Television Producers Association of Nigeria (ITPAN), co-founded the International Documentary Film Festival Lagos, and is a 4-time Head Judge of the prestigious AMVCAs – the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards. He has also served as a 3-time Head Judge of the Uganda Film Festival (2012-2014), Juror of the British Council “Shakespeare lives” project (2016), Juror of the Emmy Awards in New York (2012 & 2016) and many others.
His screen credits include Nigeria’s longest running daily soap Tinsel (over 2500 episodes and counting), the telenovela Battleground (460 episodes), and the daily crime series Brethren (260 episodes), all screened across the continent on the DSTV channels. Femi has also produced and directed feature films including Maroko, Gidi Blues, 4th Estate and Code Wilo. He has also written and produced many critically acclaimed documentaries and issue-based films. In November 2013, he received the Excellence Award of the Society of the Performing Arts of Nigeria (SPAN) and received the prestigious lifetime achievement award from the Nigeria Film Corporation in 2018.