More than 350,000 votes have been cast in StarTimes ON’s quarterly Pan African Online Film Festival (PAOFF).
The StarTimes ON mobile platform allows users to vote for their favourite content, with the aim of rewarding local content production in Nigeria and across Africa.
More than 200 entries have been received from producers and directors in the movie and music industries who are in the running to win a grand prize of $1,500 and an opportunity for a joint movie production deal with StarTimes.
According to StarTimes’ PR manager, Kunmi Balogun: “The current voting stage will last until the end of August, before winners are selected in the three main categories, which are movies, short films and music videos.
“We are quite impressed at the level of participation among producers and are passionate about helping to improve and develop the movie industry in Nigeria.”
In April, StarTimes launched the contest, the first online film festival in Africa, allowing producers to enter their content via StarTimes ON, a free mobile app offering more than 1,000 free Nollywood and Bollywood movies, videos and music and other entertainment content, including live TV.
PAOFF was established to promote local films and culture rather than foreign films.