Nigerian movie superstar, Genevieve Nnaji has been appointed as ambassador for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2020.
The Nollywood actress and filmmaker joined the list of 50 celebrated movie practitioners who are invited as the ambassadors of the world renowned film festivals.
The invitees include Priyanka Chopra, Tatiana Maslany, and Shamier Anderson, American actors Brie Larson, Kasi Lemmons, Zachary Quinto and Olivia Wilde; Israeli-American actor Natalie Portman; British actor Carey Mulligan; French actor Julie Delpy; Italian actor Isabella Rossellini, Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal; and Chinese actor Donnie Yen.
According to the festival, many of the ambassadors will engage with audiences through interactive digital experiences and events. For instance, filmmaker, producer and screenwriter Cianfrance will lead a dialogue session and actor-producer, David Oyelowo will be a guest speaker as part of the TIFF Rising Stars program, Deadline reports.
Senior Director of Industry & Theatrical at TIFF, Geoff Macnaughton, said: In a time of disruption, professionals from around the world still look for occasions to come together, share innovative ideas, buy and sell content, and find creative ways to collectively forge ahead towards a safer, healthier, and inclusive future.
“This year, delegates can expect to find community, connection, inspiration, and talent, the foundation that will serve as the way forward.
The film festival Scheduled to kick off from September 10 to 19, will be opting for digital screenings and virtual red carpets in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
In July, Genevieve Nnaji had also been included in the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences (Oscars) Class of 2020 members.