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The Accelerate Filmmakers Project kicked off with a bang yesterday, June 5.
The programme saw 15 participants make it into the project and are currently on their way to filmmaking history.
The participants warmed up with a tour of the Accelerate office, which will be their base for the next one week or two weeks depending on who makes top five.
The creatives that make up the Accelerate TV space were formally introduced to the new trainees, before they were led to their training station (actually, it’s just a maxi, comfy, well-conditioned conference hall) for their training sessions.
More than that, the participants will be clothed, fed and have stationeries provided for them throughout their stay with Accelerate. We are bahd like that.
The fifteen were given complimentary shirts, books and pens, while Jite Ovueraye, Head of Marketing and Bolanle Olosunde, Production head, gave a formal introduction to welcome them into the start of the programme, explaining what the filmmaker project is all about.
It was easy to relax as the programme kicked off with photos and videos of each participant to share their excitement with social media, and of course, breakfast was served. Who doesn’t love pictures (and food)?
They then started the real deal with Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju’s introduction of the first speaker, who gave an extensive lecture on screenwriting.
Bibi Sasore’s (Writer and Director of the upcoming “Banana Island Ghost”) lecture was very engaging and yet calm.
He played the legendary short film, “The Lunch Date” for the trainees and explained all the minor details that made it what it is.
He answered all sorts of questions about the industry, hassles of writing, movies he’s watched, his favorite directors and soon the students felt comfortable and shared more about themselves.
We quickly pulled him out for a short interview before he blended into the crowd to hear Lala give her own lecture.
Lala heavily questioned them on their knowledge of Nollywood Films, arguing that you can’t work in an industry that you don’t celebrate. She taught about being a casting director and gave feedbacks on the treatments the trainees submitted for the competition.
The participants began to share stories with themselves to see how to better improve their stories and the class ended off on a high note afterwards.
The participants also recorded short videos to sell themselves or their brands on the Accelerate_tv page on Instagram, which will count as votes later on in the competition.
Too much fun, but also so much to be learned.
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