KPIANS got nominated in the category of BEST LIGHTING DESIGN while COMMON MAN got nominated in the following categories - BEST MOVIE WEST AFRICA, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER, BEST ART DIRECTOR and BEST LIGHTING DESIGN.
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NOMINEE - BEST LIGHTING DESIGN, BEST ART DIRECTOR, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER & BEST MOVIE - WEST AFRICA (AMVCA 2016)
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SCREEN GRABS FROM STANLEE'S KPIANS - the feast of souls.
NOMINEE - BEST LIGHTING DESIGN (AMVCA 2016)
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Stanley (Stanlee) Aideloje Ohikhuare hails from Ivbiodohen – Okpuje in Owan West Local Government Area of Edo State, Nigeria.
A graduate of the University of Benin from where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts specializing in painting, he also has a National Diploma in General Arts from Yaba College of Technology, Lagos. He is an extraordinary Painter, Sculptor, Graphic Artist and Illustrator.
He adopted the signature “stanlee” as a painter in his University days and has stuck to it ever since.
Today, Stanlee runs a Creative Consultancy and Production Company called Mighty Jot Studios / M-JOT Studios FV as a Producer, Writer, Director and Cinematographer.
Stanlee is a self - taught 3D animator, Graphic Artist, Video Editor, Visual effects creator and Stunts Director. He is a SURREALIST and his works exude audacious fantasy with a measurable degree of artistic juxtaposition.
He has often been referred to as an “AUTEUR” because of his unique approach to film making in which he exudes a peculiar signature in style and technicality that is immediately noticeable in all his productions; irrespective of the genre.
He is a photography enthusiast and an ardent lover of great cinematography. As a Director, he loves being behind the Camera to ensure that there is visual fidelity in his productions.
PROFESSIONAL MILESTONES IN FILM MAKING:
Stanlee’s first movie was a feature length 3d animated movie titled “LIFESPAN” which he embarked on in 2005. It was his directorial debut as well as his first venture as Producer/ Executive Producer.
His first Live Action Movie however, was “HEAVY BEAUTY” – in collaboration with Grace Edwin – Okon and Gbemiga Oladele in the year 2012.
Stanlee’s first ever movie Award came with his first short movie “LOOP” which was hugely acclaimed by the organizers of the IN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL. LOOP had five nominations and won one award; THE AWARD FOR BEST AUDIO.
In 2014, OBLIVIOUS - a short film shot, directed and edited by Stanlee Ohikhuare was publicly screened, and was up for seven nominations at the AFRICA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (AFRIFF). It was also screened at the EKO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL the same year.
Also in 2014, Stanlee’s thriller “STING” was opening film at the ZIMBABWE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (ZIFF). STING was subsequently screened again at the EKO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.
That same year, Stanlee’s movies KPIANS PREMONITION was nominated in the BEST ONLINE NEW MEDIA CATEGORY of the AMVCA.
The DEADWOOD was also nominated in the BEST SHORT MOVIE and BEST DOCUMENTARY Categories of the same awards.
THE DEADWOOD went ahead to win the BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD Category of 2014 AFRICA MAGIC VIEWERS CHOICE AWARDS (AMVCA)
So far, in three years, seven of Stanlee’s works have received sixteen nominations, and three awards at the AMVCA – an Award Ceremony he keenly looks forward to every year.
Impressed with the acceptance and appreciation shown towards THE DEADWOOD, Stanlee was inspired to look deeply into making films with essence and strong social messages; so he created a movie prototype which he refers to a “CONSCIENCE FILMS”
Stanlee’s first Conscience Film (VERDICT) earned him the BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER AWARD at the 2015 AMVCA.
OBLIVIOUS also won in the BEST SHORT MOVIE AWARD Category of the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCA). OBLIVIOUS also won an AWARD OF MERIT at the 2015 CANADA SHORTS – Canadian & International Short Film Fest.
Stanlee’s “VERDICT” got two nominations at the 2015 edition of the NEA – (Nigeria Entertainment Awards) in September 2015. It was also screened at the SPEAK UP FILM FESTIVAL in Australia,
the LULIPITAN FILM FESTIVAL in the U.S.A and the EKO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL in Lagos – Nigeria.
VERDICT also got a slot at the ABUJA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL where it was nominated in the “OUTSTANDING SHORT FILM” Awards category.
On the international scene, Stanlee’s two movies – KPIANS (the feast of Souls) and VERDICT won two awards in May 2015. KPIANS won an AWARD OF MERIT (Feature Film) while VERDICT won AWARD OF EXCELLENCE (Social Justice & Liberation) at the 2015 Indie FEST Awards in the U.S.A.
KPIANS the feast of souls- which referred to as a rejuvenation of the appreciation of horror film genre in Africa was selected for the LOS ANGELES CINE FEST 2015.
KPIANS also made it to the LOS ANGELES HORROR COMPETITION where it got two nominations in the BEST FEATURE FILM & BEST VISUAL EFFECTS Awards Category.
KPIANS also made the official selection list of the HOLLYWOOD FILM COMPETITION, the BUENOS AIRES ROJO SANGRE Film Festival in Argentina, the I-FILMMAKER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Marbella – Spain and the AFRICA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (AFRIFF) 2015.
Stanlee’s RETROSPECT (whispers) was drafted as one of the movies to be screened with other titles that make up the official selection of the “ANTI HERO FILM FESTIVAL” in the U.S.A in June 2015. It is also an official selection at the INTERNATIONAL PEACE & FILM FESTIVAL, Orlando FL. in November 2015.
RETROSPECT was nominated in the BEST SHORT FILM category of the BON (Best of Nollywood) Awards, 2015.
Stanlee’s “Conscience Film” COMMON MAN has won several awards in the U.S.A – The MERIT AWARD OF AWARENESS at the AWARENESS FILM FESTIVAL and an ACCOLADE AWARD OF RECOGNITION (Liberation / Social Justice / Protest) at the ACCOLADE GLOBAL FILM COMPETITION, U.S.A.
The movie has also won an INTERNATIONAL AWARD OF EXCELLENCE at the INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FOR PEACE, INSPIRATION & EQUALITY (IFFPIE) Jakarta, Indonesia.
The same festival honored Stanlee with the FILM MAKER OF INSPIRATION AWARD for the excellent work done with the movie – COMMON MAN.
COMMON MAN also screened at the ROMA CINEMA DOC in Italy, and the COLRTAPE FILM FESTIVAL, Australia.
COMMON MAN was also selected for the INTERNATIONAL PEACE & FILM FESTIVAL USA and won the ESSENCE AWARD, It was also selected for the EQUALITY FILM FESTIVAL – USA, INNOVATIVE FILM FESTIVAL – USA, the HOLLYWOOD FILM COMPETITION – USA, the SARMAT INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL, the ABUJA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – Nigeria where it was nominated as “OUTSTANDING FILM IN DOCUMENTARTY” as well as the AFRICA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – AFRIFF.
COMMON MAN was also nominated in the BEST VISUAL EFFECTS CATEGORY of the BON (Best of Nollywood) Awards.
The movie (COMMON MAN) also made the official selection list and is up for nominations at the PHOENIX FILM FESTIVAL – Melbourne, Australia.
Stanlee’s Africa Magic Original “Blockbuster” and first ever love story “AMIABLE” was premiered by M-net / Africa Magic on the 28th of August 2015 and was aired for the first time on the 13th of September 2015.
Stanlee’s new Action Comedy titled “STUPID MOVIE” is set to redefine Comedy films in Nigeria.
Stanlee’s impromptu short film and first ever Comedy “HORN FREE DAY” was selected among the 25 films to be screened at the 5th LIGHTS CAMERA AFRICA FILM FESTIVAL 2015.
In the 2015 edition of the GIAMA AWARDS, Stanlee’s movies held sway with 14 nominations in all.
KPIANS the feast of souls got four nominations in the categories of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, BEST SOUND, BEST EDIT and BEST MAKE UP / COSTUME.
HORN FREE DAY got four nominations in the categories of BEST FILM – COMEDY, BEST COMEDIC ACT, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY and BEST SHORT FILM.
VERDICT got three nominations in the categories of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, BEST EDITING and BEST SHORT FILM
STING was nominated for BEST SCREENPLAY, BEST NEW ACTOR and BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE.
Eventually, KPIANS – the feast of souls won the AWARD FOR BEST SOUND, Stanlee’s “VERDICT” won the AWARD FOR BEST SHORT MOVIE while STING clinched the AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE at the 2015 GIAMA AWARDS held in the USA.
In the 2015 edition of the African International Film Festival (AFRIFF), Stanlee Ohikhuare got Four of his movies selected for screening namely; KPIANS – the feast of souls, COMMON MAN, VERDICT and HORN FREE DAY.
The screening of KPIANS at AFRIFF marked the first official public screening of the movie in Nigeria.
In the 2016 edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA), Stanlee Ohikhuare bagged five nominations.KPIANS – the feast of souls got one nomination for BEST LIGHTING DESIGN while COMMON MAN got fournominations in the categories of BEST MOVIE WEST AFRICA, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER, BEST ART DIRECTOR andBEST LIGHTING DESIGN.
KPIANS the feast of souls also made the Official Selection list of the 2016 PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL to be held in Los Angeles.
It has also been selected for screening at the maiden edition of the CAMEROON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, CAMIFF.
OBLIVIOUS also made the selection list for the 2016 CAMEROON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL taking place in April 2016 in Cameroon.
Stanlee’s first Award in the year 2016 however, is THE INDIEFEST HUMANITARIRAN AWARDS HONORS FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT and the award is in favor of Stanlee’s Conscience Film, “VERDICT” starring Zainab Balogun.
With a fast soaring profile, Stanlee Ohikhuare has drawn massive attention in the Nigerian Entertainment Industry where his works are always keenly received by movie enthusiasts. He is also gradually penetrating the sacred places of global film making via International festival appearances and the showcase of his numerous works in numerous countries for which he has also been recognized and honored with several awards.
In the space of Eleven years as a Film Maker, Stanlee Aideloje Ohikhuare has not just been prolific; he has also made film making inventions. He invented a novel film making style which he phrased “BABEL LINGUAE” – an approach to film making that completely breaks the barrier of language by emphasizing on excellent script interpretation, convincing acting and unification process for universal understanding via subtitling. In the near future, this will be the signature style of all the Film Maker’s movies since he intends to work with actors from across the globe irrespective of the language they speak.
Stanlee lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria and is happily married with two sons and two daughters.
Stanlee’s long term goals include making history by inventing something that will endure as far as film making is concerned, as well as seeing his works being selected in the BEST FOREIGN FILM category of the Oscars and eventually winning the coveted Award for his country, Nigeria.
In 2016, Stanlee’s focus is on reinforcing his style and subjective perception on film making. He is also poised to defy whatever has been tagged “impossible”
His first movie for 2016 was collaboration with Lancelot Imasuen in the latter’s Comedy Movie titled ATM. It was in fulfillment of Lancelot Imasuen’s desire to blur out the line of divide between the so-called Old Nollywood (represented by Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen) and the New Nollywood (represented by Stanlee Ohikhuare). Lancelot produced and directed the movie while Stanlee was responsible for the Cinematography and Lighting design.
STANLEE OHIKHUARE’S FILMOGRAPHY
DIRECTING & CINEMATOGRAPHY (18 Titles)
LIFESPAN THE MOVIE - 2006
HEAVY BEAUTY - 2012
LOOP - 2012
THE DEADWOOD - 2012
TUNNEL - 2013
STING - 2013
KPIANS THE FEAST OF SOULS - 2013
KPIANS PREMONITION - 2013
LIGHT SOURCE -2013
COMMON MAN -2014
HORN FREE DAY -2014
STUPID MOVIE -2015
CINEMATOGRAPHY ALONE (2 Titles)
ENTREAT - 2015
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