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KAP Academy graduates pioneer set of film trainees

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The pioneer set of trainees and certified affiliates of the School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) at the University of Southern California (USC) in the United States, through Kunle Afolayan Production (KAP) Film and Television Academy have graduated following a 10-week intensive training on Post-production techniques.

The diploma course, which is also in partnership programme with global streaming platform, Netflix, was created to impart knowledge to improve the skill of young filmmakers, and by extension, improve the overall production quality of films from the local film industry.

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Toye Peter, Ifeanyi Passion, Todumu Adegoke, Adesuwa Omon, Ugbede Peter, Oyinbra Fegha, Emeka Egbueui, Unyime Patrick, Temitope Folarin and Candace John-Jumbo were awarded a diploma in post-production editing (Picture Cropping, Editing and Sound Design).

The tuition-free course module was estimated at ₦500,000 per student.

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Being one of the two training programmes planned for rollout this year by KAP, The KAP-USC programme, which focuses on post-production, is the brainchild of celebrated filmmaker Kunle Afolayan.

He explained that the scheme was a responsibility he owed the next generation of filmmakers and he is passing the torch to them to replicate greatness in filmmaking than what has been achieved so far.

The programme is the successor to his earlier venture to educate filmmakers leveraging the internet: Film Masterclass with Kunle Afolayan, a web series masterclass he conceived three years ago.

“I hate to say that there was no structure; there was a structure. But you cannot compare it to structures in other places around the world,” Afolayan said as he recalled enrolling in one of Tunde Kelani’s film classes years back in Abeokuta.

“Despite not having those structures from other places, we are still able to do a lot. Our films are now going international. One of the reasons why I thought it was necessary to start a training programme was so that we can impact and build a new generation of filmmakers in our little way.

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“A lot of people can’t afford these courses, but thank God for technology, it is changing how things are done,” he concluded.

The ceremony’sThe keynote addressed delivered by award-winning writer and producer, Femi Odugbemi, highlighted the importance of institutional training for the sustainability of the film industry.

“Just a decade ago, there were less than 10 training programmes available in the country, today, there are dozens,” Odugbemi noted.

“So there is general agreement that the quality of the product needs to improve and that the opportunities of international exposure and distribution will come only with a certain commitment to global best practices and technical quality and artistic exploration.”

Despite these developments, he however noted that for such programmes to bear more fruits, film professionals must be willing to “esteem the learning experience as critical, not just in the economic world, but to their personal growth as artists and as storytellers.”

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The convocation ceremony which took place at the KAP Hub in Ikeja, Lagos played host to several Nollywood filmmakers and creatives.

Some of the notable personalities include veteran filmmaker Tunde Kelani; Former Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism Arts & Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde; filmmaker Mr. Mahmood Ali-Balogun; star actress Joke Silva; Prof. Duro Oni; Executive Director, Urban Vision Limited, Tola Odunsi; and comedian Babatunde Adewale, among others.

Source: Theculturenewspaper

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Exclusive: Funke Akindele rakes in close to almost N1billion in two years (Top 100 movies)

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Funke Akindele with husband, JJC Skillz

The task of a movie director is to direct the actors and other staff members to convey the desired theme behind a script, basically bringing it to life. This is why their role in film production is critical to how it is embraced by the viewers.

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Although attending theater or film school might be very helpful, becoming a filmmaker in practice is not an easy undertaking. Nollytrailers believes the trick is to just get started producing movies with whatever tools you have. Some of the most well-known directors in this era started like this. Greats like Walt Disney, James Cameron, Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen, Katherine Howe, David Fincher, Guillermo Del Toro, Stanley Kubrick, John Cassavetes, Wim Wenders, Akira Kurosawa, Orson Welles, and Martin Scorsese evolved from turning meager ideation into enchanting viewership experiences.

For many aspiring actors, directors, photographers, designers, make-up artists, editors, costume designers, set designers, authors, screenplay writers, and other artists, the film industry is a dream worth throwing their entire existence to. Making a movie is laborious and expensive in terms of the concept and budget. The duration of the process ranges from months to years, usually because good filmmakers are literally meticulous ‘dream weavers’ – they are skilled in projecting fantasies as reality and creating an entire culture and cult-like community out of their act.

Nollywood’s rapid expansion in the last two decades has seen the rise and rise of great filmmakers, who are creating captivating work pieces that attract billions of naira in screening revenues every year. From the legendary Ejiro brothers, Jeta Amata, and Tunde Kelani to Kunle Afolayan, Kemi Adetiba, Omoni Oboli, Niyi Akinmolayan, Ishaya Bako, and densely-followed Funke Akindele and others, Nigeria’s filmmakers have continued to produce money-spinning films stealing attention from Hollywood blockbusters across the African continent with the biggest spend coming from the huge Nigerian market (see our analytical article on Africa’s box office here).

Nollytrailers.com highlights the top-performing filmmakers and how much their works have commanded in revenue. The ‘I need to know’ teenage actor turned filmmaker and producer, Funke Akindele led the pack (by weighted average performance and combined volume) with two of her works, Omo Ghetto: The Saga and Your Excellency, in the top 11, grossing a combined revenue of 822million naira in two years. Niyi Akinmolayan follows, with four of his works grossing combined revenue of about N1.2bilion in the last 6years.

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See below a list of the 100 top-grossing Nigerian movies ever to be shown in Nigerian theaters, the producers and the filmmakers behind them. This gross sum does not include earnings from special screenings, DVD sales, online streaming, or theatre showings outside of West Africa’s English-speaking region. Since their box office totals were not adjusted for inflation, movies released before 2008 are also not included on this list.

Nollytrailers Highest Grossing Nollywood Filmmakers of All Times

References
Top 20 Films Report 9th-15th April 2021″. Nigeria: CEAN. Retrieved 10 August 2021.
Top 20 films 27th December 2019 2nd January 2020″.
Top 20 Films Report 12th 18th November 2021″.
Top 20 Films Report 17th 19th June 2022″.

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Nollywood production house Nemsia Films announces the first commissioned slate deal with Amazon Prime Video

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Nollywood production house Nemsia Films has closed the first exclusive slate deal for three commissioned feature films with Amazon Prime Video, having already produced a successful repertoire of world-class content such as God Calling, Before 30, and Journey of an African Colony.

“We are very excited to collaborate with Nemsia Films on this pioneering slate deal, which will complement our growing lineup of local Nollywood content for Prime Video customers,” said Ayanna Lonian, director of Content Acquisition and head of Worldwide Major Studio Licensing Strategy, Prime Video. “This slate deal supports our goal to showcase Nollywood at its best, by telling authentic homegrown stories in a range of genres to Prime Video customers around the world.”

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“At Nemsia Films, it is our belief in ‘no gravity for the mind’ that has led us to work with Prime Video, one of the leading streaming services worldwide, capable of delivering our stories further than we ever imagined,” said Derin Adeyokunnu, co-founder of Nemsia Films. “We are tremendously excited about the collaboration and what the future holds for Nollywood.”

Nemsia films was co-founded by Derin Adeyokunnu and BB Sasore, with a strong belief in its ethos – “no gravity for the mind” – which, in addition to their major accomplishments, has seen them become a hub for developing young and emerging talent across every facet of Nollywood. Nemsia creates visuals that have pushed the envelope in African storytelling, from concept to delivery, with the entire production chain, including top-end visual effects and post-production, sitting in-house. Adeyokunnu serves as managing partner and executive producer and Sasore is the creative director, writer, and director of most of their work.

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The first feature in this deal will be Breath of Life, written and directed by BB Sasore and produced by Eku Edewor. Breath of Life tells an inspirational story about life and destiny where one must live to fulfill their purpose and cannot die until this is done. The other two films to come from the deal will be announced later this year.

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Prime Video offers customers thousands of popular movies and TV shows, including Amazon Original Series such as The Boys, The Wheel of Time, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Grand Tour and the upcoming highly anticipated series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, as well as critically acclaimed Amazon Original movies like Coming 2 America, The Tomorrow War, and exclusive Nollywood movies such as Superstar, Progressive Tailors Club, Bad Comments, Badamasi and much more.

Along with Nemsia’s commissioning deal, Prime Video has previously announced exclusive licensing agreements with leading Nigerian production studios, including Inkblot Studios and Anthill Studios, which highlights a commitment by Prime Video to deliver Nigerian and African film to a global audience of more than 200 million Prime members.

Customers can stream or download and enjoy anytime, anywhere via the Prime Video app on mobile, tablet, Smart TVs, game consoles, or online at PrimeVideo.com. All available to watch as part of a Prime Video membership, which is available in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.

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Terra Kulture, Mastercard Foundation partner to Empower and Create Work Opportunities for 65,000 Young Creatives Across Nigeria

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Terra Kulture, a leading educational and recreational organization, has partnered with the Mastercard Foundation to train up to 65,000 creatives across Nigeria. The five-year training partnership program aims to equip young Nigerians with relevant skills across key sub-sectors in theatre and business. The initiative will form a significant part of the Terra Academy for The Arts (TAFTA) program.

The partnership will create an e-learning platform that will provide free education and access to employment opportunities to the most vulnerable youth, with a major focus on women between 16-35 years in Lagos, Ogun, and Kano States. The partnership will also provide participants with foundational training, support, internships, and employment and financial services linkages.

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Speaking on the partnership, the Chief Executive Officer of Terra Kulture, Bolanle Austen-Peters, stated that the intervention would positively impact Nigerian youth and culture, both now and in the nearest future.

She said, “Driving impact and creating massive visibility for the Nigerian culture and youth has always been at the core of our existence. We have leveraged our thorough understanding of arts, culture, and languages over the years to impact the next generation in the best way possible. We are extremely excited to partner with the Mastercard Foundation to further empower up to 65,000 Nigerian youth spread across the country.”

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“The Academy will provide training on key technical production skills for theatre and the Creative industry. Each course will include an entrepreneurial module for students to learn about the industry’s business side. Some of the courses offered include Animation, Scriptwriting, Lighting Management, and Sound Management. We believe this will create employment opportunities for young creatives and make them self-reliant while facilitating national integration among students.”

The entry requirement for all students is a minimum of senior secondary school qualifications. All courses will include an introductory section, and as such, students do not need any prior knowledge to either register for the course or comprehend the course material.

The Mastercard Foundation’s Country Head for Nigeria, Chidinma Lawanson, commented, “This partnership will enable us to reach more young people, especially young women in the Creative sector. Together with our partner, we will provide access to training, skills, and mentorship platforms which will further create access to entrepreneurial and employment opportunities for young creatives in Nigeria.”

The partnership is aligned with the Mastercard Foundation’s Young Africa Works strategy in Nigeria, which seeks to enable 10 million young Nigerian women and men, to access dignified work and the right skills to contribute to Africa’s global competitiveness.

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L-R: Program Lead, MSME Finance, Mastercard Foundation, Chioma Nwagboso; Country Head – Nigeria, Mastercard Foundation, Chidinma Lawanson; Founder, Terra Kulture and BAP Productions, Bolanle Austen-Peters and Program Lead, Agriculture, Mastercard Foundation; Lois Sankey during the signing of a 5-year training partnership program agreement between Terra Kulture and the Mastercard Foundation to equip 65,000 young people  with relevant skills across key sub-sectors in theatre and business.

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L-R: Lead, Safeguarding, Mastercard Foundation, Oluranti Adetoye; Program Lead, MSME Finance, Mastercard Foundation, Chioma Nwagboso; Country Head – Nigeria, Mastercard Foundation, Chidinma Lawanson; Founder, Terra Kulture and BAP Productions, Bolanle Austen-Peters; Program Lead, Agriculture, Mastercard Foundation; Lois Sankey and the General Manager, Terra Kulture, Joseph Umoibom during the signing of a 5-year training partnership program agreement between Terra Kulture and the Mastercard Foundation to equip 65,000 young people with relevant skills across key sub-sectors in theatre and business.

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L-R: Program Lead, MSME Finance, Mastercard Foundation, Chioma Nwagboso; Country Head – Nigeria, Mastercard Foundation, Chidinma Lawanson; Founder, Terra Kulture and BAP Productions, Bolanle Austen-Peters; Program Lead, Agriculture, Mastercard Foundation; Lois Sankey and the General Manager, Terra Kulture, Joseph Umoibom during the signing of a 5-year training partnership program agreement between Terra Kulture and the Mastercard Foundation to equip 65,000 young people with relevant skills across key sub-sectors in theatre and business.

Terra Kulture Arts and Studios Limited (formerly Terra Kulture Limited – The Nigerian Cultural Centre) is an educational and recreational organization set up in 2003 to promote the richness and diversity of Nigerian languages, arts and culture. Terra Kulture has organized over 200 art exhibitions, over 150 plays, 65 book readings and over 10,000 individual adults and children, as well as school trips, have attended our language classes.

Its production arm, BAP Productions has produced award winning musicals and plays including Saro the Musical, Wakaa the Musical, Queen Moremi the Musical, The Oluronbi Musical, Man Enough, Fela and the Kalakuta Death and the King’s Horseman and Trials of bro Jero and also movies such as The Bling Lagosians, 93days, Man of God and soon to be released Collision Course.

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