The third edition of the Accelerate Filmmaker Project has selected its top five entries.
Twenty-five participants were trained by Nigeria’s top film industry professionals in production design and art direction; cinematography; editing; script writing and character development; and directing last week.
The initiative, set up by African entertainment portal Accelerate TV, aims to sharpen the skills of Nigeria’s young aspiring filmmakers and give them the opportunity to make their own short films. These will debut at Nigeria’s AFRIFF 2019 film festival and will also be made available on Accelerate TV.
A post on Accelerate TV’s Instagram page said: “The final five filmmakers emerging from the Accelerate Filmmaker Project 2019… which means five dope short films are coming to you this year!”
The third edition of Nigerian training scheme the Accelerate Filmmaker Project (AFP) is underway.
The initiative, from Accelerate TV, is geared towards training and harnessing the filmmaking skills of Nigerian youths, while providing them with an opportunity to make their own films.
This year will see 25 participants receive training from Nigeria’s top film industry professionals for a week. Five winners will then be chosen to receive mentoring and funds to make their own short films, which will debut at Nigerian film festival AFRIFF 2019 and will also air on Accelerate TV.
Accelerate TV head Colette Otusheso said: “We are excited to be bringing back a third instalment of our award-winning capacity-building and mentoring project. This year we will be training and empowering more young people and throwing in some big surprises along the way. The AFP is all about training and empowering young people while giving them the skills, tools, access and a stepping stone to realise their dreams and bring their stories to life.”
The AFP is produced by Bolanle Olosunde-Jenrola and award-winning filmmaker Kemi Lala Akindoju.