BY ESE DIBEBI
The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) has partnered with the Ford Foundation to send 15 undergraduates, comprising 12 Nigerians, 2 Kenyans and 1 Ethiopian, for training at the Mountain State University film school.
They won the scholarships after excelling in AFRIFF’s Talent Development Workshops competition segment held in 2014.
At the send-off of the scholars on Saturday, Ford Foundation Programme Officer, Prof. Paul Nwulu, said, “This scholarship scheme is a one-month intensive hands-on training camp on various aspects of filmmaking with an emphasis on documentary film production. There will be six days each week of classes which will include an intensive field work and hands-on training.“
Founder/CEO of AFRIFF, Chioma Ude, said the skill acquisition and youth development initiative was designed to use filmmaking as an authentic vehicle for youth empowerment. “We believe we can use this model for a social revolution that will change the economic horizon of the African film industry, by providing technical knowledge for the abundant talents in our film community,” she said.
The scholars are also scheduled to take a trip to Hollywood in Los Angeles and interact with American filmmakers.