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By Oluwatoyin Adeleye

The second edition of the Accelerate Filmmaker Project was a massive success.

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Naturally, we had top Nollywood acts and veterans as facilitators for the week-long masterclass including Joke Silva, Lala Akindoju, Bose Oshin, Bibi Shasore, Uduak Isong, Ifeoma Chukwuogo, Adekunle ‘Nodash’ Adejuyigbe, Feyisayo ‘Feyzo’ Ogundipe and Victor Sanchez, among others.

We had incredible ideas pitched by the participants for their filmmaking task and this year, we took things up a notch. Rather than have the usual 5 winners emerge after their film were pitched at the end of the project, we picked 7 winners to create 6 short films.

They are Joel Adegboye, Seun Richards, Samuel Olanrewaju, Bola Akanbi, Ozioma N. Ogbaji, Charles Emere and Igbokweuche Chidinma.

These six have shot their short films, which will be screened at this year’s edition of the Africa International Film Festival and one winner will be picked for a filmmaking training exercise in France by the AFRIFF team.

Amazing, isn’t it?

AFRIFF 2018 holds from Sunday, November 11, 2018 to Saturday, November 17, 2018. Accelerate day will hold on Monday, November 12, so gear up!

The Accelerate Filmmaker Project is an initiative of Accelerate TV set up to help young people in Nigeria to achieve their creative and filmmaking dreams, as well as give them the platform to bring their creativity to life.

One of the winners from last year’s edition, Michael ‘Amapsalmist’ Akinrogunde won an Africa magic Viewers Choice Award (AMVCA) 2018 for best short film for his AFP film, while another, Adenike Adebayo was nominated int he same category.

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Michael Akinrogunde (second right) presents his AMVCA to (From left) Amaechi Okobi (Head, Corporate Communications, Access Bank); Herbert Wigwe (MD/CEO, Access Bank); and Colette Otusheso (Head, Accelerate TV)

Also, last year’s overall AFRIFF winner Priye Diri has traveled to France and other countries, courtesy of AFRIFF for her filmmaking journey, where she is trailblazing with a new documentary on young girls.

Find testimonies from each of the participants in the Accelerate Filmmaker Project section of our website.

If you want to participate in the Accelerate Filmmaker Project, follow us on Instagram to be among the first to hear about the nominations requirements for the 2019 edition.

Read also: We Won!!! Accelerate’s Short Film ‘Penance’ Wins AMVCA 2018

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