Chika Anadu from Nigeria is among the twelve young directors selected to participate in this year's Festival Residency. She attended the 21st session from October 2010 to February 2011.
Since its creation in 2000, each year the Festival Residency welcomes twelve young directors to assist them in the preparation of their first or second feature film. During their 4-and-a-half-month stay in Paris, they work on the writing of their feature film project, attend meetings with film professionals and with the support of the Cannes Film Festival, attempt to bring their project to co-production status.
Chika Anadu was born in Lagos, Nigeria in November 1980. She attended school there before going to the UK in 1997 where she did her 'A' Levels, got her first degree in BA (Hons) Law and Criminology, and an MA in African Studies: Human and Sustainable Development. Having always been an avid film buff from childhood, and having fallen in love with foreign Language/Arthouse films during her Masters degree, it wasn't until 2006 that Chika realized that she wanted to be a Filmmaker. She moved back to Nigeria for good in 2008 to work in TV/Film production. ‘Epilogue’ is the title of her first short and it was accepted for the 2010 San Diego Black Film Festival, USA. Chika is currently working on her first feature script ‘B For Baby Boy’. It’s a contemporary drama set in Nigeria, about a woman’s desperate quest for a male child - which reveals the inherent discrimination of women in Nigeria in the name of culture and tradition. (From Cannes Résidence Website)