AFRIFF to Train 10 Students in the US

Chioma Ude

AS part of its developmental agenda for the film sector, the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF), is planning to take 10 students to the United States for practical training in various aspects of film-making.

Chioma Ude, founder of the festival, said that the top 10 students who would attend the aptitude during the AFRIFF organised training workshops holding during this year’s festival, the most, would be eligible for the sponsorship. Ude disclosed this at her Victoria Island office recently, where she said that the training in the US was planned as a reward scheme for meritorious film students.

According to her, the scholarship would be to attend a short film course at a prestigious US university, and was being made possible in collaboration with a key AFRIFF partner. The aspects of filmmaking to be taught at the workshops this year will be acting, scriptwriting, directing and cinematography.

This year’s edition of the festival is expected to hold from November 9, to 16 at the Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort, Calabar, Cross River State. In this regard, interested candidates have been advised to register at the new AFRIFF website as only registered candidates would be eligible to be shortlisted for the workshops.

“AFRIFF also organises master classes for more established filmmakers and professionals in the industry,” Ude said adding that the planned US training was in line with the vision of providing growth opportunities for graduates of the festival’s training programme.

“AFRIFF has since its first edition in 2010, provided free training and talent development opportunities for young people and aspiring filmmakers. We have provided ground-breaking education in sound for film, cinematography and screen writing for over 500 students. This we have done in partnership with Sound & Motion Technical College and City Varsity, Cape Town, South Africa. We have also worked directly with students of the National Film Institute, Jos; the Creative Arts Department of University of Port-Harcourt; PEFTI Film Institute, Lagos, as well as other aspiring young film makers,” she said.

Elliott’s Mission for Women, Youths


DESMOND Elliott, one of the Nollywood actors who recently ventured into active politics, has hinted that his policies would target vulnerable women and youths in the society if elected into the Lagos State House of Assembly in 2015.

The Nollywood actor and director recently declared his ambition to be a lawmaker under the banner of the All Progressive Congress, APC. The indigene of Lagos State, born to a Yoruba father and an Igbo mother, is a 2003 Economics graduate of the Lagos State University is married and has four children.

Elliott has starred in more than 200 films and a number of television shows and soap operas. He won best supporting actor in a drama at the second Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards and was nominated for best supporting actor at the 10th Africa Movie Academy Awards.

Oboli Tackles Malaria

Omoni Oboli

AFTER premiering her much talked about movie, “Being Mrs. Elliot” recently in Lagos, Omoni Oboli, a top actress, is on another mission: to wage war against malaria parasite in the ghetto city of Ajegunle in Lagos State.

The actress took to her facebook page to announce the new movie project where she wrote: “But I love bit! Assisting the director in prepping the kids. I have had to steal some time in my super tight schedule right now to be part of a short film on malaria and self-medication. Shooting in the slums of Ajegunle.

The camaraderie and togetherness here even in the midst of obvious poverty and lack is refreshing. We should all make time to give back.” What a laudable project!

— Sep. 29, 2014 @ 01:00 GMT


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