Lagos-based Kunle Afolayan Productions’ (KAP) film and television academy has partnered with Mastercard Foundation to train over 300,000 Nigerian young people in screen production.
The training will take place over the next three years. According to company CEO and KAP Academy founder Kunle Afolayan, the academy focuses on growing the next generation of skilled filmmakers through the tutelage of veterans and film professionals who provide hands-on experience in diverse aspects of filmmaking to enrolled students.
“The KAP Academy will leverage smartphone technology for the training programme, and teaching will be conducted through a learning app,” Afolayan said. “The KAP App is a mobile learning application where multimedia content – which includes video and audio lessons, visual presentations, video simulations and interactive testing – will be delivered to the students.
“It will allow students to have access to interactive learning content, industry professionals, community forums, an electronic library, a job board, financial support, contacts and links, among others.”
The training programme will also include the Masterclass Series, a virtual series of 20 episodes providing e-learning to aspiring filmmakers, covering several aspects of filmmaking from directing and cinematography to the business of film, using Afolayan’s acclaimed movie The Figurine as a case study. It will also offer two levels of certifications from professional institutions in the areas of screenwriting, sound, editing, directing, cinematography and production design, plus practical hands-on training.
Participants will also have access to employment or gig entrepreneurship activities, not only in the film industry via placements and internships, but also in related sub-sectors such as fashion, make-up, music scores, editing, and scriptwriting.
According to the academy, through a partnership with the Mastercard Foundation and its Young Africa Works program in Nigeria, students who enrol in the program will have access to the tools required for digital learning, while free tuition and smartphone devices will be given to students from less privileged backgrounds.
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