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Accelerate Filmmaker Project Wraps Up With One Overall Winner At AFRIFF 2017

Lala Akindoju with the Accelerate FiveLala Akindoju with Priye Diri, Winner of the Accelerate Filmmaker ProjectJoke SilvaFrom Left: Bolanle Olosunde, Colette Otusheso and Lala Akindoju

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By Oludara Ogunbowale

The five young people who emerged as winners of The Accelerate Filmmaker Project earlier this year, now known as ‘The Accelerate Five’, have peaked their filmmaking journey with a showing at the 2017 Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF).

Lala Akindoju with the Accelerate Five

Their films have been shot, previewed and premiered at this year’s edition of the festival, where one of them emerged winner and will be joining other winners from the AFRIFF trainings on a scholarship to study filmmaking in one of the leading film schools in France.

Priye Diri, who wrote, directed and produced the short film, XOXO Leo, won the competition.

Other films shot and produced under the Accelerate Filmmaker Project include Tanwa by Adenike Adebayo, GOODWILL by Mannie Oiseomaye,  PENANCE by Micheal Akinrogunde and BLACK by Joshua Olanrewaju.

Lala Akindoju with Priye Diri, Winner of the Accelerate Filmmaker Project

The Accelerate Day of the AFRIFF event, which held at the Genesis Cinemas at The Palms in Lekki, was witnessed by over 200 guests.

Joke Silva, Ade Laoye, Seyi Babatope, Ego Boyo, John Njamah, Mildred Okwo, among other professionals in the industry witnessed, as well as family, friends and well-wishers of the finalists.

Project Manager of the Accelerate Filmmaker Project, Lala Akindoju who was the compere at the event, allowed for comments from the guests about each film as they were shown.

Head, Accelerate, Colette Otusheso, who was excited about the success of the event, revealed that the Accelerate Filmmaker Project will hold its second season next year.

From Left: Bolanle Olosunde, Colette Otusheso and Lala Akindoju

She appreciated everyone who partook in the project and thanked all of the Accelerate team members for their immeasurable efforts for the execution of the project especially Accelerate Producer, Bolanle Olosunde.

Responding, Bolanle said “though the execution of the project was tasking, it was highly rewarding.”

Speaking about the project, Nollywood producer, director and actor, John Njamah, said: “I am very proud of what Accelerate is doing; and cannot wait to be a part of subsequent projects, because I am always happy to see young minds do great stuff since I also started very young and it is really amazing.”

Viewers enjoyed the short films and pointed out the brilliance and creativity in each one.

Joke Silva

Click here to follow the journey of the Accelerate Filmmaker Project

Check out highlights from the viewing in the slides above.

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