Category Archives: Filmmaking bodies

8 weekend Screenwriting, Producing and Directing Workshop, Amaka Igwe Studios, Lagos, to begin 17 September


Screenwriting, Producing and Directing Workshop.

The Centre for Excellence in Film and Media Studies and Amaka Igwe Studios present an 8 week-weekends only – Screenwriting, Producing and Directing Workshop. Classes hold on Saturdays and Sundays only and commence on the 17th ofSeptember, 2011.

 For screenwriting, some of the courses to be covered include; Who’s a Screenwriter?, Script appreciation, Finding the Story, The Film story, Story Development, Dialogue , Writing for film and writing for Television, Characterisation, Plot and Conflict and Understanding Genre.

For Producing; Who is a producer? ,What is producing?, Breaking down a script, Shooting on time and budget, working with a director and crew, production project management. Creative producing, fundraising, Sponsorship and strategy.

For directing; Who is a Director?, Shot by Shot, Casting , Grammar of Directing, Planning the Shoot, Handling Cast and Crew, Geography of Shots, Shot Composition, Blocking and Choreography, Camera Placement, Directing Talent, Shooting for Edit.

All those specializing in screenwriting will be expected to complete the screenplay for a short film during the workshop.

Those for directing will be expected to shoot a short film.

Workshop fee is N50, 000 and this covers training materials, tea/coffee break and lunch.

Kindly make payments into this account:202148350115, Centre for Excellence in Film and Media Studies.GT Bank.

Workshop is open to only 25 participants.

The team of facilitators will be led by Amaka Igwe, Charles Igwe, Chris Ihidero, Leke Badiru and a host of others in the industry.

For further information please call Tomi – 08023525104 or come to 44A Palm Avenue, MKO Abiola Gardens, Alausa ikeja Lagos.

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Homevida 2011 Script competition: Nigeria’s Integrity Film Awards, Submission Deadline: 31 August 2011 (EXTENDED to 9 September for short script competition)


UPDATE: 26 August 2011: Deadline now extended to 9 September. for the short film script competition

Homevida, an “initiative of the Public and Private Development Center (PPDC), a Nigerian Citizenship sector organization that seeks to assist and empower ordinary citizens to participate in governance and development” calls for nominations “for its feature film Awards and entries for the short film script competition in the following prize categories”:

The Family Friendly film prize (endowed by the National Film and Video Censors Board)

The winning film must be:

a) A film suitable for children or family viewing and

b) That captures the heritage, diversity and challenges of Nigeria and Nigerians OR

c) Depicts the moral values common to Nigeria

d) Have a storyline that is believable, realistic, dramatic and entertaining

The Due Process Film prize (endowed by the Bureau for Public Procurement)

The winning film must be a film:

a) A story encouraging integrity, true competition, transparency, accountability, especially amongst contractors and government officers OR

a) Showing interactions between stakeholders in the procurement process OR

b) Depicting due process as a standard for human conductOR

c) Comparing those who remain with the old practices of bribery, influence peddling, forgery, contract abandonment and use of fake materials and a new breed of contractors who are professional and competitive

d) Reasonably modeling the new procurement framework; its dos and don’ts.

The Faith Film Prize* (endowed in honour of Late Pastor Don Igwe)

 The winning film must be:1.A film that models individual citizens involvement in promoting the virtues of honesty, transparency, integrity and accountability as an expression of the Christian faith OR2.A film depicting individuals sense of duty to society and one another as a way of serving God3. The story must be believable, realistic, dramatic and entertaining.

The Public Conduct Film Prize (endowed by Code of Conduct Bureau)

The winning film must

a) Depict life in Public service in Nigeria and

b) Models what is right and wrong in conflict of interest situations and ethical implications of gift, OR

c) A film that portrays the consequences of choices that public servants make OR

d) Show (positive) effects of integrity reforms

e) Have a storyline that is believable, realistic, dramatic and entertaining.

To be eligible for entry all films must:

1. Have been produced in Nigeria

2. Be a drama film

3. Be between 60mins and 120mins

4. Technically be of broadcast standards with clear sound and vision

5. Be realistic, dramatic and entertaining

6. Produce documentation to show clearance of music rights, script and talent

7. Show evidence of registration with NFVCB (if the film has been released)

8. Be made by filmmakers who are 18 years and above

9. Have its Producer, Director and Screenwriter registered with the relevant industry guild or association.

10. Meet individual criteria for the prize being applied for

To nominate a film:

1. Complete an application form online

2. Include a synopsis of your nominated film in no more than 300 words

3. Send biographies of key production personnel (if known)

For more information, see the Homevida website or the Homevida Facebook site.

*When Carmen McCain, coordinator of the Hausa Home Video Resource Centre requested for more information on the awards, Homevida clarified that the scripts submitted must be in English and that the “faith film prize”, which is “endowed in honour of Late Pastor Don Igwe” is only for Christian faith films. The representative of the National Film and Video Censor’s Board at the Nollywood conference  in Lagos where the call for scripts was announced clarified that they would welcome endowments and sponsorships for prizes from other faith traditions….

Del-York International and New York Film Academy Workshops in Lagos, August 2011


Del York International is partnering with New York Film Academy to host a one month course on filmmaking in Lagos, in August 2011. Nigerian directors, Stephanie Okereke and multiple AMAA-award winning Kunle Afolayan have attended New York Film Academy courses in other locations. This is a unique opportunity for filmmakers and those interested in breaking into the industry to attend these courses in Nigeria. They have some SCHOLARSHIPS available, but the deadline is tomorrow, 11 July 2011 (It has been extended from the original deadline of 4 July 2011. UPDATE 12 July 2011: The deadline for scholarship applications has now been extended to 18 July 2011). If you are interested in attending the programme but don’t have a lot of funds available, be sure to register by tomorrow, so that you can apply for a scholarship.

Here is more information on the programme:

The Del-York/New York Film Academy hands-on intensive Training Program, is scheduled to hold from August 8th to September 3rd, 2011 in Lagos. Previous editions of the course took place in Abuja in 2010. You can read testimonials of students here.

Available classes  are Acting, Directing, Filmmaking, Cinematography, Digital Photography, Final Cut Pro, 3D Animation, Producing, Screenwriting, Broadcast Journalism, Music Video Production, Costume Design & Make-Up, Set Design, Graphics and Special Effects, and a Compulsery course on Filmmaking in Nigeria. For more information on each class, go to the class page and click on each course offering.

The course is open to anyone with a secondary school leaving certificate. Upon the completion of the workshop, all students who satisfy the graduation requirements will receive the NYFA diploma certificate to be presented to all participating students that have successfully completed the training program.

Click here to register online through the Del-York International website. 

  • Registration fee is N3, 000 or $20 equivalent.
  • Please Note: Before you can apply for the available scholarships, we need to receive confirmation of online registration  and registration payment of N3, 000 Or $20
  • The closing date for online registration is 25th July, 2011

The cost of training program

  1. Entire program (includes accomodations and tuition for the four week programme) = $5,000
  2. Tuition (excludes accomodations) = $3,500 

Please note: This fee does not include personal expenses or transportation expenses to or from the venue in Lagos.

For further information, see the Frequently Asked questions on the website, or contact Del-York by writing an email to info@delyorkinternational.com or calling 0805 888 3888

MOPPAN starts a blog


 

Sani Muazu, current President of MOPPAN (c) Sani Muazu from his blog http://www.sanijos.blogspot.com

The Motion Picture Practitioners of Nigeria, the umbrella body for nothern Nigerian filmmakers, has recently opened a blog. MOPPAN gives more information about itself in the “About” section of the blog:

MOPPAN is one of the recognized professional Film Associations,and the only one north of the Niger. It was incorporated by CAC Nos. 16,973 in 2004.MOPPAN, is an umbrella body providing guidance and capacity building for the development of the industry not only in Kano, but in the northern part of Nigeria. The Association, over the years, has as its affiliates several guilds of professionals, business Associations and artisans under its umbrella. Some of these bodies like the Film Makers/Producers’ Association, Guild of Nigerian Film Director’s, Artistes Council or Nigerian Actors’ Guild, Motion Picture Editors Guild M-PEG, Cinematographers Association of Nigeria, Guild of Nigerian Film Designers, Film Music Producers’ and composers, Cassette Sellers and Marketing Association, Cinema/theatre owners Association of Nigeria and the script writers. Within the last 20 years or so, thousands of Nigerian video Films were released into the market of which over 33% of these being Kannywood Films. Today Nigeria turns out about 1000 films every year, generating 300,000 functional jobs and a turnover of more than 5 billion Naira.

So far, MOPPAN has posted important membership information on the blog, including the contact information for its executive members, advisors, trustees, and major stakeholders,   the MOPPAN code of conduct for its members, and the MOPPAN constitution.

There is the option to follow the blog, at the bottom of the site. For more information, see the MOPPAN blog.