FOUNDER – CHINEZE ANYAENE – CEO / PRESIDENT
Chineze Anyaene produced and directed the award winning movie IJE: The Journey. Since then, this exceptionally creative and brilliant young lady has been on a journey of mastery and excellence. She is mostly regarded as Nigeria’s youngest and most successful female film maker so far.
Born and raised in Abuja where she attended Regina Pacis College and later University of Abuja Gwagwalada where she obtained a B.A Theatre Art, a clear understanding of the peculiarity of her passion and creative abilities made her relocate to Los Angeles, California in 2005, and then she enrolled for a one year Diploma in film making at the New York Film Academy (NYFA).
Her brilliance stood out and she was recognised for having created outstanding epic folktale noted as the ‘best foreign film’ of her graduating class.
Chineze was not satisfied. She realised that a Diploma degree wasn’t sufficient for what she intends to achieve with her talents, and so she returned to obtain a Master’s degree in filmmaking and became the first student in the history of the program to shoot a feature film as her thesis while in school and the first student in the history of KODAK to shoot a feature film on 35MM. The movie IJE: The Journey that was released in Nigeria July 2010 was her graduation thesis.
She has won so many awards, notably:
• WINNER: Highest Box Office (Gross) Nigerian Movie 2010
• WINNER: Best Editing; Treasure Coast International Film Festival, WINNER: Excellence in Filmmaking; Canada International Film Festival
• WINNER: Best International Student Film; Swansea Bay Area Film Festival 2010
• WINNER: Excellence in Film making; Hawaii International Film Festival among others, as well as numerous nominations for other awards.
Chineze’s achievements have taken her to places like Harvard where she was one of the speakers at the 14th annual Harvard African Business Conference at the Harvard Campus in Boston. And then recently In April 2012, the foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved the Nigerian Oscar Committee as the selection committee for the Academy Awards Foreign Language competition. She seats as the Chair of the committee.
Chineze Anyaene is the founder of Xandria Productions, Xandria Distribution, CXA Entertainment (Event and Photography), and VOW (Victims Outreach for Women) Foundation.