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Africa International Film Festival to sponsor 10 students for training in U.S.

As part of its plans to further grow the film sector, the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) is planning to sponsor 10 students to the United States for practical training in various aspects of filmmaking.

According to Ms. Chioma Ude,  the founder and CEO of AFRIFF,  the top 10 students, who display exemplary aptitudes at the forthcoming AFRIFF training/ workshops scheduled to hold between November 9 and November 16, at the Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort, Calabar, Cross River State, will be eligible for the programme.

The proposed training in short film at one of the American universities, which is a reward scheme for the would-be lucky students, is a collaborative effort with a key AFRIFF partner.

Ude further explained that the planned training is in line with the vision of providing opportunities for graduates of the festival’s programme tagged ‘AFRIFF Talent Development Workshops’, which include training in acting, scriptwriting, directing and cinematography.

 She said: “AFRIFF has, since its first edition in 2010, provided free training and talent development opportunities for young people and aspiring filmmakers. We have provided ground-breaking education in Sound for Film, Cinematography and Screen Writing for over 500 students. We have done this in partnership with Sound & Motion Technical College and City Varsity, Cape Town, South Africa. We have also worked directly with students of the National Film Institute, Jos, the Creative Arts Department of University of Port-Harcourt, PEFTI Film Institute, Lagos as well as other aspiring young film makers.

Aside the training for film students, she noted that AFRIFF also organises master classes for more established filmmakers and professionals in the industry.

 “We believe we can use this model for a social revolution that will change the economic horizon of the African film industry by providing technical knowledge and skill sets to the abundant talents in our film community.

 “AFRIFF 2014 team is currently resourcing for this year’s talent development training workshops in association with top industry partners who will also be announced later.”

The beneficiaries will be expected to shoot a short film after their course abroad, in fulfillment of their training billed to be entered into the festival’s students’ short category for the subsequent AFRIFF in 2015.

According to the organisers, interested candidates for this year’s workshops should register at the new AFRIFF website,

“Only registered candidates will be eligible for short-listing for the workshops. Registration for participation in all aspects at the festival begins from Monday, September 14,” she added.


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