By Oludara Ogunbowale
Camera, Lights… Action!
The Accelerate Filmmaker Project 2018 is on! This year, more people will be selected to learn and be mentored in the art of filmmaking.
Accelerate Filmmaker Project is an initiative of Accelerate TV to empower young individuals between the ages of 18 -29 who desire a career in Filmmaking.
The Project began last year with award winning actress, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju as host and project manager, to preside over the trainings and panel sessions from top filmmakers in the entertainment industry, including Joke Silva, Tope Oshin, Mildred Okwo, Ade Laoye, Seyi Babatope, Ego Boyo, John Njamah, Bibi Sasore, Bose Oshin, James Emokwe, Jennifer Alegieuno, Tolu Ajayi, O.C. Ukeje, Niyi Akinmolayan, Judith Audu, Adeoye Omotayo.
Over 800 young people applied for the project, afterwhich 30 were short-listed and screened yet again. At the second stage, 15 finalists were chosen to be in the Accelerate Filmmaker Academy.
The final 15 who were lucky to get in the academy were thoroughly groomed at the 5-day event by Professionals and Veterans in Nollywood after which they were assessed based on who had the best short film idea and who could pitch it best.
The final five, Priye Diri, Emmanuel Oiseomaye, Micheal Akinrogunde, Adenike Adebayo and Joshua Olanrewaju were given a sizeable budget to produce their own short films which were then screened at the 2017 Africa International Film Festival where Priye Diri emerged winner with her short film XOXO LEO. She won a trip to further study Filmmaking in France, thanks to the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF).
The second edition of this Project is here and this time, there is going to be a higher number of people who will be shortlisted at more stages.
Check out what Lala has to say about this year’s edition below:
At the first stage this year, you are required to do a ‘one-minute’ video based on the theme ‘Friendship’ and post it on your Instagram page, with the #AccelerateFilmmakerProject2018. 50 people will be shortlisted to go through another screening by sending story treatments around the topic ‘My First Time Away from home.’ 20 Finalists will then be selected for a one-week intensive training at the Accelerate Academy.
The five winners from the Academy would have their short films produced and screened later in the year at the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) 2018. The producer of the best short film gets to travel out of the country for more training.
So what are you waiting for? Follow us on Twitter @acceleratetv and Instagram @accelerate_tv, upload your one-minute video using the #AccelerateFilmmakerProject2018. The posts with the highest likes will make the cut off.
Check out how last year’s edition went in the slides above
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