Category Archives: Workshops

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)


Other relevant information

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).

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!

Zuma Film festival, Abuja, 6-10 May2012, Call for films, Deadline 29 March 2012

Zuma Film Festival 2012, Abuja, invites submission of films for the 2012 edition of Zuma Film Festival. Entry closes 29 March 2012. For details visit

See call for entries, festival regulations, award categories, and press details.


The Festival begins on Monday 6th and ends May 10th, 2012. “The Human Story, Connecting People “, the statement added, is the theme of the 6th edition of the film festival.

For the Competitive category; Feature, Documentary, Children, Student, Animation/cartoon, Short and Emerging Talents films qualify; while Nigerian Panorama, Universal films, Diaspora & African Films, National Film Institute(NFI) :Retrospect/Tributes qualify for the Non-Competitive category.

Entry forms can be downloaded/uploaded through the festival website : Entry forms are also available at the headquarters and liaison offices of the Nigerian Film Corporation. Completed entry forms can also be submitted at the listed addresses: The Secretariat, ZUMA Film Festival, Nigerian Film Corporation, 218T Liberty Dam Road, P.O. Box 639, Jos, Plateau State. The Secretariat, ZUMA Film Festival, Nigerian Film Corporation, Abuja Liaison Office, Shippers Plaza Opposite Ibro Hotel, Wuse Zone 5,Abuja. The Secretariat, ZUMA Film Festival, Nigerian Film Corporation,Kano Zonal Office, Audu Bako Secretariat, Zoo Road, Kano, The Secretariat, ZUMA Film Festival Nigerian Film Corporation, Lagos Branch Office, Ikoyi Road, Obalende, Beside Voice of Nigeria (VON)

All entries must be submitted with a 30sec trailer as part of the conditions, the statement further added.

In five days …

  • New film Premiere
  • Screenings (Competitive & Non-Competitive)
  • Film and Video Market/Exhibition (Film X)
  • Emerging Talent Film Festival
  • Master Classes
  • Workshop/Symposium/Colloquium
  • Film Location Expo

And more …

  • NFC Annual Film Lecture
  • NFC Annual Essay Competition Awards Presentation
  • Emerging Talent Film Awards
  • Zuma Film Festival Awards Night
  • Special Tributes/Retrospective

Guaranteeing an informative and thoroughly entertaining festival!

In five days …

  • New film Premiere
  • Screenings (Competitive & Non-Competitive)
  • Film and Video Market/Exhibition (Film X)
  • Emerging Talent Film Festival
  • Master Classes
  • Workshop/Symposium/Colloquium
  • Film Location Expo

And more …

  • NFC Annual Film Lecture
  • NFC Annual Essay Competition Awards Presentation
  • Emerging Talent Film Awards
  • Zuma Film Festival Awards Night
  • Special Tributes/Retrospective

Guaranteeing an informative and thoroughly entertaining festival!

Two day Plateau International Film Festival set to begin in Jos on November 25

The 2nd Edition of Plateau International Film Festival (PIFF) commences November 25th, at the National Film Institute, Jos. This festival is being organized by Media initiative on film and social development, a non-governmental organisation that focuses on social and economic development. Its aim is to use film and media to educate, entertain and to promote creativity, credibility, responsibility and good governance. The 1st Edition of Festival (2010) was a success, recording over 40 film entries, and with screening, discussions, and seminars. We believe this edition will be a greater success because of the teamwork and drive by the PIFF organizing team in planning and executing this year’s event. Our major partners are Alliance Française and Plateau State Tourism Corporation. Again this year, the festival will be a platform for education, interaction and information. The recognition of film as a tool for peaceful co-existence is what informed our theme: Art and Peace. The Director General of the National Film and Video Censors Board, Mr. Emeka Mba, will deliver the Keynote address. Scholars, administrators and seasoned filmmakers will discuss relevant topics as well as films screened for the purpose. The festival will also feature Master Classes/Workshops in Directing, Scriptwriting, and Film Music as well as a seminar on Information Management for relevant state and federal ministries as well as Local Government Council Information Officers. Other major supporters of the festival are: Nigerian Television Authority, Jos Network Centre (NTA), Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), and Plateau Radio Television Corporation (PRTV). As we welcome you to enjoy the rich ambience of Plateau State, may we implore you to enjoy the festival, which is designed to cater for diverse tastes. There is something for everyone.

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.


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:


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.


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.




BLUES & HILLS Consultancy, in conjunction with BigScreen Media Ventures Ltd present the RealYouthSpeak! Conference 2011. Theme: Own Your Future. Venue: Main Auditorium, University of Lagos: Dates: � 11 and 12th August 2011 Speakers: 20 year-old Indian serial inventor and TED Fellow, APURV MISHRA, 21 year-old Brazilian motivational speaker, PEDRO de ABREU, 15 year-old Indian-Austrian speaker and commentator, CLEMENS OELLINGER-GUPTARA, 19 year-old Nigerian model, VICTORIA OKAFOR (winner, 2010/2011 Miss Nigeria-UK), 22 year-old internationally acclaimed author and Wall Street Journal columnist, JYOTI GUPTARA, 21 year-old Nigerian music star, WIZKID and many more. In a country where over 65% of its population are considered to be youths, it’s important to harness the youths into making them believe in their own future, especially when there is so much despair amongst them; no jobs, lack of quality education, insecurity and low life expectancy as well as poor medical attention, where also the title youth is most abused and people well over 50 parade themselves as youths. The RealYouthSpeak! Conference is different. This initiative is geared towards making sure that the youths get on with the responsibility at hand rather than expecting answers from people. It makes you seek for the answers within yourself. By listening to inspiring youth achievers from emerging economies like Nigeria, the RealYouthSpeak! Conference encourages hope and a spirit of ‘get up and do it.’ It is designed in such a way that everyone is involved actively. Participants will be chosen randomly from personal statements. Here, we would have a bio-data of everyone present, and so we would engage them on their own fields of interest; we would draw out their affinities by engaging them actively. There will be Q & A sessions, lunchtime, entertainment, networking and panels. As we are in an age where peer pressure plays a major role in shaping the lives of young people, we have developed a theme: Own Your Future. Through this theme, we will explore an eclectic mix of topics to help young people in making strong decisions in their lives. Registration We will offer both our standard Conference Participation at N500 on a daily basis, and a special VIP Donor Membership at N5, 000. If you can afford it, we do invite you to consider registering at the Donor level. In addition to the extra privileges such as early-access seating that guarantees a great spot for every session, you’ll be invited to an exclusive on-site event and get a different-colored badge that recognizes your contribution. As a Donor, a larger portion of your fees is treated as a donation, and you’ll therefore be making a spectacular contribution to spreading knowledge, insight and inspiration around the world. You’ll find registration links below for the conference and donor memberships. Payment tellers should be submitted for verification and admission into the hall. Speakers From all over the world, we are gathering great achievers and innovators will address young people and them under 30 years of age. These speakers are people who have achieved a lot in their chosen careers. They come from different backgrounds: physical science, fashion, literature, social science, journalism, entrepreneurship, music and art. Guest Speakers While we are basking in the euphoria of being addressed by young people, this conference has been designed in a way that older people, who have walked through the lanes of hardship, hard work and most importantly, success, will share their experiences with us too. Your application must be complete by the following deadline: July 27th to help the Organising Team prepare applicants tags and materials. The RealYouthSpeak! Conference 2011 is an initiative of BLUES & HILLS Consultancy. It is supported by The Future Nigeria, FilmAfrique (Official Media Partner), and Y! Naija, Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe, Sandbox, Africa Film Academy, PMO Global Limited, Century Energy Services Limited (CESL) and Vitiligo Support and Awareness Foundation. For registration, visit: