Nigeria is set to host the first ever Africa Cinematography Festival.

According to the organisers, the week-long event which comes up in the last quarter of the year in Lagos, Nigeria’s entertainment capital, will feature contemporary issues in filmmaking, networking, business opportunities and the general film economy which have impacted on the works of filmmakers, actors, film marketers, industry professionals, investors, viewers, cinema/studio owners/managers, the organized private sector, government agencies, art councils and funding agencies.

Project Consultant, Sunnie Odafe, disclosed that the aim is to provide a point of convergence for all stakeholders in the film industry spectrum with a view to creating specific platforms that will facilitate professional development for key players through knowledge sharing of trending expertise by renowned and inspiring industry leaders, enable hands-on workshop trainings and interaction with new film-making technologies and promote pitching for film content buyers and media brokers among others.

“The Nigerian filmmaking industry has made tremendous progress, especially in the last decade,” said Odafe who also is the COO of Tasy Yact Media.

“This is however a far cry from what is obtainable in the developed climes. The Africa Cinematography Festival is designed to bridge this gap and make the industry comparatively competitive.

“It is an all-encompassing attempt to reposition the Africa film economy by promoting and providing support for professionalism and innovations while addressing head-on the technical, regulatory and financial ills that have plagued filmmaking in the country through insightful knowledge sharing.”

The festival, he added, will feature conferences and workshops, exhibitions, open film expo, networking opportunities, film pitching, auditions for film roles, film unveiling and promotion, and film production funding.

 

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