Pan-African non-profit organisation The Ladima Foundation has announced the expansion of its professional training and development arm, The Ladima Film Academy, in partnership with The DW Akademie.
The Ladima Foundation will expand and formalise its education and training offering for 2021 and beyond in order to commit to the professional development of women in film, TV and content across the African continent.
Building on the success of the two short courses in animation and documentary film that took place in Lagos in January, seven introductory online and on-site courses have been rolled out in various disciplines while also developing their intermediate courses.
The courses across the disciplines have been developed by experts with a particular focus on the African environment and also starting from a feminist perspective. They include documentary filmmaking, animation, editing, cinematography, producing, directing and scriptwriting.
The courses, which will be free to women, are expected to roll out in January 2021, followed by on-site courses in Lagos, Nigeria. The online courses will be open to all aspiring and emerging women professional filmmakers in Africa who are members of the Ladima Foundation’s online community and database of women professionals across the continent. Onsite courses will be primarily focused on Nigerian women but also open to others, depending on Covid-19 protocols.
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The Ladima Foundation has partnered with a number of respected organisations and professionals to develop and teach these courses.
These include British-Ghanaian animator Comfort Arthur who ran a short course on basic animation for the Ladima Foundation in January 2020 and will be developing the intermediate course as well as rolling out the online version of the introduction to animation in January 2021.
Selina Ukwuoma, Cait Pansegrouw and Mehret Mandefro from the Realness Institute will deliver the scriptwriting online course and e-learning production course.
Barry Braverman, a cinematographer who has extensive training experience across Africa, has developed the introductory and intermediate cinematography courses for Ladima.
Finally, Switch Media’s South African duo Kate Boswell and James Tayler are the experts behind the documentary, editing and directing curriculum development courses.