It is no doubt that Nigeria’s Nollywood is a billion-dollar industry that produces at least 50 movies a week — the second-highest output in the world.
The country on its own is also undoubtedly highly invested in supporting aspiring filmmakers who will eventually contribute to both the local and international film industry. With that in mind, the British Council and the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) have partnered up with Biola Alabi Media and Creative England to create the Lagos FilmLAB, an initiative that will support emerging talent with the hopes of improving the overall quality of films and increase the revenue they generate.
The Lagos FilmLAB will select 12 teams of emerging talent in the Lagos State throughout September. Then the chosen candidates will take part in an intensive residential program that will teach them about script development, production, marketing, financing and a number of other important aspects that are a crucial part of the film-making process. Seasoned film executives and several other professionals in the industry will mentor the candidates. Seminars and workshops will also be open to those looking to improve their skills and expertise in the film industry.
Speaking about the new initiative, the acting executive secretary of the LSETF, Teju Abisoye had this to say:
As a partner for the maiden edition of this Creative Sector initiative, we are convinced this collaboration further defines our commitment to job creation through relevant and appropriate skills that support the Creative Sector in Lagos State and in particular film production.” He added that, “Finally we expect that a new tribe of world-class filmmakers would emerge to further contribute to the depth of quality and growth of the Creative Industry in Lagos State.”Teju Abisoye
Apply and get more info about the Lagos FilmLAB here.
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