The First Features Project is a groundbreaking initiative spearheaded by Native Filmworks and Michelangelo Productions, driven by the visionary leadership of Steve Gukas and Dotun Olakunri. We are dedicated to uncovering and empowering a new generation of visionary film directors within the vibrant landscape of Nigerian cinema, known as Nollywood.
With First Features, our mission is to nurture emerging talents and empower them to become the future trailblazers of the Nigerian film industry. We firmly believe that by investing in the next wave of filmmakers, we play a pivotal role in ensuring Nigerian cinema's continued growth and global recognition.
Empowering Emerging Talents
Our core focus lies in providing training, mentorship, and crucial funding for the production of debut feature films by emerging voices within the Nigerian film industry.
We are passionate about uncovering fresh voices in Nollywood nurturing their creativity, diversity, and excellence in filmmaking. With an unwavering commitment to elevating Nigerian cinema to global prominence, our projects showcase the incredible potential of this thriving industry.
The First Features Project has already reached significant milestones with "Cake," a feature film directed by Prosper Edesiri starring Sophie Alakija, Tope Tedela, and Folu Storms, and "Love & Life," a gripping drama directed by Reuben Reng and featuring Rita Dominic, Nse Ikpe-Etim, and Chidi Mokeme, now available on Prime Video. These films, starring renowned Nollywood actors, stand as a testament to the success of our human capacity development project.
Additionally, "It Blooms In June," directed by Korede Azeez, has concluded post-production and is awaiting release. "Kill Boro," directed by Courage Obayuwana, and "A Father's Love," directed by Sebastain Ukwa, are currently in post-production. "At Ease," directed by Seun Richars, is in pre-production.