The Nigerian Filmmaker’s Guide to Success: Beyond Nollywood charts the emergence of a new wave of Nigerian audio-visual content – spanning indie films, documentary, animation, experimental, music videos and diaspora films.

It is a reference guide to filmmaking from a Nigerian cultural perspective, offering important advice in the key areas of finance, development, marketing, exhibition and distribution.

The Nigerian Filmmaker’s Guide to Success reads as an A-Z of the key business elements of the film industry from a Nigerian cultural perspective. It is the first book to take an overview of the Nigerian film industry looking beyond Nollywood. It reflects what is happening in the Nigerian cultural space presently pulling together industry guidance and best practice for independent filmmakers. At its heart, the guide is formed of narratives from filmmakers and professionals known and unknown in the industry. These contributors lay out the framework for the future of the Nigerian film industry and cultural sector as a whole. The guide acts as a historical record of one of the most vibrant film cultures globally.

It features 78 exclusive interviews with filmmakers and industry leaders, many of whom are changing the face of the industry popularly known as Nollywood.


Kindle copies of the Nigerian Filmmaker’s Guide to Success: Beyond Nollywood can be purchased here.

Hard copies are currently out of print.

Praise for The Nigerian Filmmaker’s Guide to Success

Nadia Denton’s book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand Nigerian Cinema … it’s vibrant present state and major potential for future development and enduring global relevance.
Joanna LipperDirector (The Supreme Price) and Lecturer, Harvard University

The Nigerian Filmmaker’s Guide to Success covers finance, marketing, exhibition and distribution, in a global context … from [which] emerges not just a new map of African cinema, but a picture of a globally interconnected independent cinema with Nigeria as a prominent point of embarkation.
Archie Tait – Head of Workshops. London Film School

… an essential reference book for anyone hoping to get even the most marginal insight into the workings of the Nigerian film industry. The second part of the title really emphasises the first part – Nollywood is only one small section of filmmaking by Nigerians both inside the country and in the wider diaspora.
Kubara Zamani – Editor, Nubiart Diary

Denton has interviewed an astonishing array of professionals working in the Nigerian (and beyond) film industry. The generosity in the wealth of information that these practioners have shared in this book is a rare treat, giving in-depth personal accounts of their trials and tribulations in the tough world of film.
SuzyGillett, First Eleven Films

Encyclopaedic, riveting and accessible, this book is 400+ full colour pages of captivating insights into Nollywood…it is a priceless resource for filmmakers and all round good read.
Jon Hughes – Editor, Nigerian Watch

Image Credit: Confusion Na Wa Dir. Kenneth Gyang, Nigeria/2013