Present at the opening ceremony was the DG of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, Sally Mbanefo, who urged the audience, mainly made up of creative young people, to continue nurturing their talents as they will go very far in life by so doing. She intimated her listeners that as a young girl, she released an album titled 'Fine Girl' and was part of a band called Brakes. Mbanefo also revealed that she will be unveiling her paintings, which are more than 170 in number, when she clocks 50 in 2015. She assured the organizers and participants of her support for the festival's upcoming programmes.
In his remarks, Founded/Festival Director of In-Short, Victor Okhai, stated that the film Festival has become the platform for encouraging up-and coming film-makers, who go ahead to produce and direct sublime films that make waves on MTV Base, Africa Magic, Channel O, e.t.c
During the closing ceremony, two special awards were conferred one. to Access Bank PLC for its CSR programme, which led to the sponsorship of the 2014 In-Short International Film Festival and two, to Shaibu Husseni, a renowned film journalist, for his unflinching support for African cinema.
84 Short Films from different genres were selected for this year;s festival out of which 25 were presented for adjudication. The Jury observed that the films are satisfactory proof of the enthusiasm that short films are generating in Africa, but then noted that the entries in the documentary category this year fell short of anticipations and so did not award any prize in their category.
In-Short 2014: Winners at a Glance
- Best Sound: The Strangers
- Best Cinematography: The Strangers
- Best Screenplay: Alpha Mum
- Best Editing: Leeway
- Best Visual Effect: Leeway
- Best Actor: Samuel Ajibola (To Bleed)
- Best Actress: Judith Audu (Alpha Mum)
- Best Internatonal Film : Bon Sai
- Best Music Video : Omotoshan by LASE (Directed by Seun Afolabi)
- Best Directing: Strangers
- Special Jury Prize (Best Child Actor): Divine Mesh Masade