The Film Rats Club Announces The Annual Film Mischief Festival 2022

The organisation is devoted to low-budget indie films. The inaugural festival theme is “Less is more.”
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Editor’s note: Open Country Mag is a media partner of The Film Rats Club for The Annual Film Mischief Festival 2022.

On 17 March 2022, The Film Rats Club will kick off the inaugural edition of The Annual Film Mischief (TAFM), a film festival poised to bring to audiences a selection of quality low-budget independent films. This year’s theme, “Less is More,” celebrates films with unique narratives and styles.

The four-day festival, from March 17 to March 20, will be held both physically and virtually, in both Ibadan and Lagos simultaneously. It will open in Lagos at Viva Cinemas, Ikeja, and in Ibadan at Thursday Film Series Club, University of Ibadan, and close in Lagos at Impact Hub Lagos and in Ibadan at Viva Cinemas, Ibadan. 

TAFM is delighted to showcase the innovative minds of the next generation of Nigerian filmmakers with film screenings, Q&A sessions with creators, roundtable conversations, panel sessions, and seminars to encourage discourse and document the industry’s journey and future. 

“The Film Rats Club is dedicated to promoting film education in Africa,” the founder Chukwu Martin. “We decided to host a festival to showcase the talents within the club and also shine a light on brilliant filmmakers within the continent. The theme ‘Less is More’ was chosen because we want to inspire, especially in young filmmakers, the audacity to make unique films under the challenges of meagre resources. We are immensely proud of the diversity of our submissions. I am grateful to our festival project team who have worked round the clock to make this festival a reality. We invite you to come witness and share this experience with us.”

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The Jury

The Official Selections

TAFM is excited to announce these 24 films.

TAFM is also delighted to announce that the award-winning Eyimofe, by Chuko and Ari Esiri, will open the festival, and Paul Utomi’s Country Hard will close it.

Another award-winning short film Appreciation, by Tomisin Adepeju, will also screen. 

Here is the full TAFM 2022 screening schedule.

TAFM 2022 Sponsors and Media Partners

TAFM is proudly sponsored by Impact Hub Lagos, Thursday Film Series, Viva Cinemas, and Albantsho.

Our official media partners are Open Country Mag, PulseNG, Zikoko, WhatKeptmeUp, Shockng, FilmKaku, Phoenix Tribe, DMC Photography, Macwatson Photography, Masquerade Media, Seventh Dimension, Movie Road Show with Irabor Okosun, and Games Hut.

The festival is free for all to attend.

Register here.

The Film Rats Club
Founded in 2017 by the actor and director Martin Nwachukwu, The Film Rats Club is a community of circa 150 cinephiles across Nigeria. These are people who in good faith propagate the gospel of good cinema, and celebrate the filmmakers who make them. With our focus on African cinema, we execute our mission by contributing thought leadership (critiques, reviews, articles, thesis) through film screenings, classes, and interviews with/of industry personnel. The Annual Film Mischief is our main platform for showcasing filmmakers. Email:

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