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The motion picture industry in Nigeria takes its participation in international festivals to a whole new level as it joins the Village International at Cannes Film Festival beginning next week in France.

The Village International provides countries with the opportunity to highlight their culture and cinema through national pavilions. The objective of this unique area within the Festival is to promote discussion between industry professionals from all over the world. In 2007, the Village is welcoming over 30 countries.

The first timers at the Village International are Nigeria, Italy, Bulgaria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, Association FranÁaise des directeurs de la photographie CinÈmatographique (AFC) and Agence pour le DÈveloppement Economique de la RÈgion de Chalon-sur SaÙne (NicÈphore-CitÈ/ADERC).

We gathered during the week that Lagos State was making plans to send a delegation to the festival. As at the time of filing this report, officials of the state's film and video censors board were making preparations to obtain visas at the French Embassy in Lagos. Other states too may send delegations to France.

This festival will begin in the morning of Wednesday, May 16 and run till Sunday, May 27.