Category Archives: Training

September 2013 “One Fine Day Film Workshops” in Kenya, Application Deadline 1 May 2013


Crossposted from DW Akademie

Thank you to Aminu Gamawa for making us aware of this opportunity.

“One Fine Day Film Workshops”: young filmmakers from Africa telling their story. The DW Akademie joint project is now accepting applications for the workshop beginning September 2013 in Kenya.

It was a moving experience when Tosh Gitonga last fall premiered his first feature film “Nairobi Half Life” in Berlin. The packed audience gave Gitonga a lengthy round of applause. The film has been running in Kenya for half a year and is considered to be Kenya’s most successful film ever.

Tosh Gitonga at the premiere of Nairobi Half Life in Berlin (photo: DW Akademie/Nadine Wojcik).
Tosh Gitonga at the premiere in Berlin

“Nairobi Half Life” is the result of the first “One Fine Day Film Workshop” held in 2010. Another film, “Something Necessary”, resulted from the second workshop and recently started showing in Nairobi. The film is touring Germany this February and will be shown in several cities.

Africa’s film industry is attracting international interest thanks to the joint project run by ONE FINE DAY FILMS and DW Akademie. The first workshop and ensuing film production phase has already drawn attention to many talented African filmmakers.
The fourth workshop gets underway in Kenya this September. Starting now, African directors, camera operators, editors, scriptwriters, sound engineers and production designers can apply for this intense two-week workshop.

Hands-on seminar

“One Fine Day Film” workshop in Nairobi, Kenya

The workshop is closely adapted to the needs of today’s African film enthusiasts and is aimed at professionalizing the craft of filmmaking. International filmmakers will train and guide a select group of up-and-coming talents involved in various aspects of filmmaking. Participants will then go on to shoot and produce their own film.

Participants will not only learn how to develop their ideas and put them into practice but will also receive support in how to attract African and international film markets.

Creating a group setting where budding filmmakers can exchange experiences and share a common goal also sustains their enthusiasm over the long run.

The One Fine Day Film workshops are a joint project by DW Akademie, ONE FINE DAY FILMS and GINGER INK. The project is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Film und Medienstiftung NRW, the Goethe-Institut Kenya and ARRI Film & TV Services.

Application deadline: May 1, 2013

Workshop: September 2 – 13, 2013

Contact: mail(at)onefinedayfilms.org

 

Other relevant information

A) QUALIFICATION
Your  application  for  the One  Fine  Day  Film Workshop will  only  be  processed  if  you  meet  the  following requirements:
1. You  fill  out  the  application  form  correctly and  fully! UNCOMPLETED  APPLICATION  FORMS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED OR READ! In case you are selected as participant, please be aware that your data may be published on
our website and on other public materials as provided by you.
2. You have worked on at least one short  film and/or you are a student at a  film school or in a film program and/or you have experience in the film industry.
3. You have submitted a complete application.
4. You are a citizen of an African country and reside in Africa and be at least 18 years of age by September, 1st 2013.
5. You  are  fluent  in  English  language,  written  and  spoken.  The  courses  will  be  conducted  in English.
6. If  you  apply  for  the  Editing  workshop,  you  know  how  to  work  with  either  Avid  Media Composer or Final Cut Pro (basic knowledge will not be sufficient).

Expenses
The  training course is conducted  free of charge. All  teaching materials and  relevant course  related costs will be covered by One Fine Day Film Workshop.
During the workshop catering will be provided for all workshop participants.
For participants travelling from abroad (and outside Nairobi), the One Fine Day Film Workshop will cover
the following costs – within the limits of pertinent German regulations –
• Accommodation for the duration of the workshop
•Costs for return journey between place of stay and Workshop location
Travel and hotels will be organized in coordination with One Fine Day Film Workshop. Please let us know if you have friends and family in Nairobi where you can stay during the time of the workshop.
Please note: There  is  no  provision  of  per  diems.  Participants  not  living  in  country  of  workshop should bring enough means for individual expenses to cover miscellaneous expenses, like phone calls home, laundry, and other
individual costs. Furthermore One Fine Day Film Workshop does not take out health, third party-liability or accident insurance.
Please note: do not consider taking part on the One Fine Day Film Workshop as a source of income.

Nollywood Up training, Lagos, Application Deadline 20 November 2012


We apologize for the late posting of this, but it was just brought to our attention. Here is an opportunity to attend a free one week film training workshop in Lagos, with Nollywood UP. You can focus on directing, cinematography, the business of film, sound, scriptwriting, production design, editing (one day intensive workshop) or acting (one day intensive workshop). To apply online, click on this link. Note that there are two application essays so best not to wait until the last minute to apply.

Nollywood UP Training

The Nollywood UP Training is the first phase of the Nollywood UP, a partnership between Lagos State Government, Nollywood Workshops and the Coalition of Nollywood Guilds and Associations. Our team will provide cutting-edge film training to professional Nigerian filmmakers in the interest of building capacity industry-wide.

Filmmakers will be selected to participate through a competitive and transparent application process that considers their experience, skills and willingness to train others.

Professional filmmakers and instructors from the Nollywood Workshops training staff will facilitate intensive Master Classes in the areas of Cinematography, Directing, Sound, The Business of Film and Distribution, Screenwriting, Editing and Acting. The Nollywood UP Training team includes seasoned Hollywood and Nollywood filmmakers and film educators, including Director Tunde Kelani, Cinematographer Ed Gutentag (War of the Worlds, Austin Powers, Forrest Gump), Director Kunle Afolayon, Actor Ekpenyong “Kepy” Bassey-Inyang, Screenwriter Lee Zlotoff (MacGyver), and Producer Robert Caputo (National Geographic) among others.

Training Information

The Nollywood UP Training will take place in Lagos Monday, December 3rd – Friday, December 7th, from 9am to 5pm. Applications close November 20, 2012.

This training is free for all attendees. Lunch and snacks will be served, materials will be provided. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

The Commonwealth Foundation calls for short film proposals. Deadline 31 January 2012


The Commonwealth Foundation puts out a call for short film proposals from filmmakers age 18 or ove:

The Commonwealth Foundation is inviting filmmakers from across the Commonwealth to submit an idea for a short film about relationships. Individual filmmakers or collectives should submit a proposal which explores the theme of love in its broadest sense, whether inter-racial, inter-generational or within and between the sexes. The theme should be relevant to the filmmaker and their community.

We’re looking for original, bold and authentic films in any genre which entertain as well as stimulate and encourage debate both locally and globally.

Deadline for receipt of applications is 31 January 2012 (5pm GMT)

The entry guidelines are as follows:

Entry guidelines The film may be a drama or documentary, or a mixture of different genres, comedy or a more serious approach. The films can be made in your local language but in these cases must include sub-titles in English. The main aim of the film should be to engage and entertain, as well as stimulate and encourage debate, i.e. it should be an oblique and subtle exploration of a challenging issue in your community. The film should be up to 20 minutes (maximum) in length. Funding of between £3,000 and £8,000 per film is available. You must be available for an initial skills-building workshop in early March 2012 and available to make the film between March and May 2012. Depending on the sensitivity of the subject matter, the films may be made outside your community or country if necessary or appropriate. The resulting films will be shown locally and internationally to stimulate open debate around these issues, in local communities as well as national television and radio. The films may be shown anonymously if particularly sensitive.

For more information, see the call for proposals at the Commonwealth Foundation site.

Creative Expo, Lagos, Nigeria, 4-7 December


The Creative Expo in Lagos, Nigeria, sponsored by the British Council, Africa Channels, and Cool 96.9 FM

 aims to cover a range of activities that will present an opportunity for creative businesses in the UK and Nigeria to raise the profile of the creative economy, through showcases and platform for trade and collaboration.

The event will also provide opportunities for information exchange and networking between creative businesses in the UK and Nigeria, capacity building, access to services/ support in the creative industry and policy dialogue to support the growth of the Nigerian creative industry.

So whether you are a creative individual, association or organisation in the above sectors, take advantage of the opportunity:

–      To receive the training and support you need for a business you are just starting out, or ready to take to the next level;

–      For trade and collaboration

–      To make your voice count in how the Nigerian creative industry is shaped 

Sectors

§      Advertising

§      Architecture

§      Heritage and Museums 

§      Crafts

§      Design

§      Designer Fashion

§      Film and Video

§      Software and computer games

§      Music

§      Visual Arts including photography

§      Performing arts – Drama, dance etc

§      Publishing including electronic

§      Television

§      Radio

The event presents an opportunity to:

·      Grow your business and develop your self,

·      Sell your product / services,

·      Network with other creative industry practitioners and

·      Participate in dialogue sessions with government and private sector! 

Dates 

4th December – Pre Event networking session for International and VIP Pass Holders

5th, 6th and 7th December 2011

Venue

Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island Lagos

For more information, please visit the event website:http://www.creativeexponigeria.org

Register early to ensure you get a place for the exciting sessions lined up!

EVENT Programme:

December 4

2.00p.m – 4.00p.m        Registration for international and VIP Delegates

6.00p.m – 9.00p.m        Pre Event Networking for International and VIP Delegates featuring presentation by UK Trade and Investment Department on Doing Business in the UK

December 5

7:00a.m -9:00a.m          Registration

9:00a.m – 9.30a.m        Welcome: David Higgs, Country Director, British Council Nigeria 9.30a.m – 10.00a.m     Keynote Speech 1

10.00a.m – 10.30a.m     Keynote Speech 2

10.30a.m – 12.00p.m     Panel Discussion: Creative Industry opportunities for an emerging economy

12.00p.m – 1.00p.m      Break

1.00p.m – 4.00p.m        Panel Discussion: Policy Frameworks that support thriving creative economies

4.40p.m – 6.00p.m        Professional Clinics: Music, Fashion and Film Businesses

8.00p.m – 10.30p.m      Music and Fashion Industry showcase

December 6

Different strand options available for various interest areas  

Strand 1 – The Creative Entrepreneur

9.00a.m – 12.00p.m      Seminar: Intellectual Property and Copyright

12.00p.m – 1.00p.m      Break

1.00p.m – 4.00p.m        Panel Discussion: The Creative Economy in the Digital Space

4: 30pm – 6:00pm         Professional Clinics: Advertising, Architecture, Visual Arts and Photography

8.00p.m – 10.30p.m      Film Industry showcase

Strand 2 – The Public Sector in the Creative Economy

9.00a.m – 12.00p.m      Seminar: Public Sector Development Models for the Creative Industries

12.00p.m – 1.00p.m      Break

1.00p.m – 4.00p.m        Panel Discussion: Private and Public sector synergies for Creative Economy Development

4.00p.m – 4.30p.m        End

4: 30pm – 6:00pm         Professional Clinics: Advertising, Architecture, Visual Arts and Photography

8.00p.m – 10.30p.m      Film Industry showcase

 

Strand 3 – The Private Sector in the Creative Economy

9.00a.m – 12.00p.m      Seminar: Public Sector Development Models for the Creative Industries

12.00p.m – 1.00p.m      Break

1.00p.m – 4.00p.m        Panel Discussion: Private and Public sector synergies for Creative Economy Development

4.00p.m – 4.30p.m        End

4: 30pm – 6:00pm         Professional Clinics: Advertising, Architecture, Visual Arts and Photography

8.00p.m – 10.30p.m      Film Industry showcase

Note: Strand 2 and 3 will merge for the afternoon session

December 7

09.00a.m – 09.30a.m     Presentation: Mapping Nigeria’s Creative Economy

09.30a.m – 10.00a.m     Presentation: Opportunities and Challenges of the Nigerian Creative Entrepreneur

10.00a.m – 10.30a.m     Presentation: The Public Sector in the Nigerian Creative Economy

10.30a.m – 11.00a.m     Presentation: The Private Sector in the Nigerian Creative Economy

11.00a.m – 1.00p.m      Q and A

1.00p.m – 2.00p.m        Break

2.00p.m – 5.00p.m        Panel led Action Planning

8.00 p.m – 10.00p.m     Closing Gala

Advanced Film Television Training Africa 3-day Masterclasses with Tunde Kelani and Jack Conroy, Lagos, October 24-30, 2011


Advanced Film Television Training Africa  (AFTTA) announces two masterclasses:

Masterclass: From Script to Screen with Tunde Kelani N35,000

AFTTA are proud to announce a Masterclass with renowned cinematographer and Director Tunde Kelani. This master class will focus on story development, script breakdown, budgeting crew and casting, location set up, financing and production techniques and distribution. A definite introduction to producing high quality low budget films in Nigeria for cinematic release

Participant Profile:
This master class is aimed at producers, directors and production people of drama film and television feature and series.

and

Masterclass: Advanced Cinematography with Jack Conroy N40,000

Participant Profile:
This master class is aimed at Video Camera Operators,Camera Assistants, lighting and Directors of drama film and television feature and series.

Course Profile:
This master class will focus on script breakdown, blocking and staging, use of grip, tracks dolly and jib. A hands on workshop covering lighting and camera techniques to create dramatic effects and get the most of your actors and script.
This master class will guide you to create stunning and memorable images that are used to enhance any story.

Classes will hold for 3 days each on October 24-26, and 28-30. Apply quickly, as classes are filling up.

To apply, fill out the form on their website.

The biographies of Tunde Kelani and Jack Conroy are as follows:

TUNDE KELANI

A legend in the Nigerian Film industry Tunde Kelani belongs to a set of Nigerian directors who combine well-trained professionals with the latest technology to produce high quality films that adhere to international standards. Kelani has distinguished himself as one of the most experienced film makers in Nigeria, by his work in the 1980s as a celluloid cinematographer for Nigerian television and film productions. Since establishing Mainframe Productions in Oshodi, Lagos in 1992, Kelani has consistently released films like ‘Thunderbolt’ and ‘Saworoide’, which have become favourites in Yoruba households across Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

JACK CONROY

A legend in the Irish Film industry Jack Conroy has shot more than 20 international feature films while also working regularly in television. He is best known for his stunning cinematography on the Oscar winning and nominated films My Left Foot and The Field, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Richard Harris, respectively.
When one looks at the list of people that have been portrayed by his camera, it reads like a virtual who’s who of the world’s greatest stars. Sophia Loren, Mickey Rourke, Christopher Lambert, Sir John Mills, James Coburn, Pierce Brosnan, Burt Reynolds, George. C. Scott, Bob Hoskins, John Hurt, Richard Harris, Angela Lansbury, Harvey Keitel, and Omar Sharif to name a few.

AFTTA is an organization that

 works nationally and internationally with recognised industry experts in the film, television and digital media sector to ensure high quality training opportunities are made available to professionals working in Africa. These training programmes are set to international standards and designed to respond to emerging industry needs.

For more information, see the AFTTA website. 

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.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Best 25 Film School Rankings


For those interested in film school possibilities, here is the Hollywood Reporter‘s ranking of what it consideres to be the top 25 film schools in the world. As with any ranking, it must be taken with a grain of salt (most of the schools listed are in the United States [and the majority in the state of California], with only one in Asia, and four in Europe), but of particular interest to Nigerian filmmakers may be the less expensive non-American schools on this list.

To read the entire ranking which The Hollywood Reporter states is its “inaugural list (comprised with help from industry insiders) of the world’s best” with details on each school, click through to the Hollywood Reporter article. I’ve listed the schools from the article here with links to each university.

1. American Film Institute (Los Angeles, California, USA)

2. University of Southern California (Los Angeles, California, USA)

3. Beijing Film Academy (Beijing, China)

4. New York University Tisch School of the Arts (Manhattan, New York, USA)

5. University of Southern California Los Angeles (UCLA) (Los Angeles, California, USA)

6. California Institute of the Arts (Valencia, California, USA)

7. The Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (Prague, Czech Republic)

8. Columbia University School of the Arts (Manhattan, New York, USA)

9. Wesleyan University (Middleton, Connecticut, USA)

10. The National Film and Television School (Beaconsfield, United Kingdom)

11. La Femis (Paris, France)

12. University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA)

13. University of Texas at Austin (Austin, Texas, USA)

14. The Polish National Film, Television, and Theatre School (Lodz, Poland)

15. Syracuse University (Syracuse, New York, USA)

16. Stanford University (Palo Alto, California, USA)

17. Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts (Tallahassee, Florida, USA)

18. Emerson Visual and Media Arts School (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)

19. Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, California, USA)

20. University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA)

21. Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, Rhode Island, USA)

22. Chapman University, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts (Orange, California, USA)

23. Ringling College of Art and Design (Sarasota, Florida, USA)

24. Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois, USA)

25. Colorado Film School (Denver, Colorado, USA)