Genevieve Nnaji, a Nollywood star, has been chosen as one of the ambassadors for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

The ‘Lion Heart’ producer will join about 50 celebrated filmmakers including the likes of Priyanka Chopra, Tatiana Maslanya, and Shamier Anderson for the 2020 edition of the festival, which is slated to commence virtually from September 10 to 19.

According to Deadline, the ambassadors will engage with audiences through interactive digital experiences and events.

“In a time of disruption, professionals from around the world still look for occasions to come together, share innovative ideas, buy and sell content, and find creative ways to collectively forge ahead towards a safer, healthier, and inclusive future,” said Geoff Macnaughton, senior director of Industry & Theatrical, TIFF.

“This year, delegates can expect to find community, connection, inspiration, and talent — the foundation that will serve as the way forward.”

The new invitees include Hiam Abbass, Haifaa Al-Mansour, Shamier Anderson, Darren Aronofsky, Olivier Assayas, Gael García Bernal, Derek Cianfrance, Mark Cousins, Julie Delpy, Barry Jenkins, Jia Zhang-ke, and Barbara Kopple.

Others are Hirokazu Kore-eda, Brie Larson, Kasi Lemmons, Tatiana Maslany, Carey Mulligan, Genevieve Nnaji, Alanis Obomsawin, Natalie Portman, Zachary Quinto, Isabella Rossellini, Albert Serra, Wim Wenders, Olivia Wilde, and Donnie Yen.

In July, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) had released a list of its new 819 invitees drawn across the globe.

Nnaji made the list alongside Akin Omotoso, film director, and Cynthia Erivo, Nigerian-born British actress.



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