Vote True: Nigerian short film about 2023 elections wins at Cannes

Vote True: Nigerian short film about 2023 elections wins at Cannes

Toyin Elebe, the founder of Telefectiv Productions, which specialises in documentaries, TV content, and feature films, won the award for the Best Voiceover category at one of the most prestigious festivals in the world.

Directed by Symmon, a British filmmaker, and released in January 2023, is a compelling political drama stirring Nigerians to change the directory of the nation using their democratic power.

Elebe's voice, deep like a sage's and cadenced to compel his listeners, narrates the stirring promise of the nation upon independence and the sour unfulfillment that has followed.

Elebe then introduces us to a cast of ordinary Nigerians who are determined to make a difference. There is the “grandfather who helped in the construction of new roads, connecting Nigerians during the colonial period — the entrepreneurial father who believed in his country's enormous potential but never saw it in his lifetime and the hard-working women, undeterred by challenges faced and yet able to raise families and other people's children as if they were their own”.

Through the stories of these individuals, Elebe shows that change is possible — that it is up to each of us to our part in building a better future for Nigeria.

Elebe's victory in the voice-over category at the Cannes World Film Festival (CWFF) is a historic moment for Nigeria. It is the first time a Nigerian has won this prestigious award, and it is a testament to Elebe's talent and dedication.

In an interview, Elebe revealed that Vote True has not only won the Best Voice-Over at the CWFF; it won the Grand Jury Award at the New York International Film Awards for Best Director, and Best Actor at the Berlin Indie Film Festival. “The film has also been nominated as a finalist at the Boden International Film Festival in Sweden and The Lisbon Film Rendezvous in Lisbon, Portugal,” Elebe disclosed.

Elebe and Symmons are bringing on more projects through their Telefectiv on a tentpole film franchise. Elebe said the team “has been encouraged by the success of Vote True.”

Elebe wants to make films that tell untold stories and contribute to the shaping of Nigeria's cultural narrative. He wants to create motion pictures that will prepare audiences for the next frontier, a universe of boundless potential.

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