By Bejamin Njoku
It is good news for aspiring film makers longing to attend the prestigious New York Film Academy for capacity building and improvement of their craft as Yaba College Technology, Lagos, establishes a similar film school in the country to stem the tide.
The academy, YabaTech Film Academy, which kicks off early next year is set up basically in response to the fast changing world of film and television production and employment training needs.
The hands-on-practical film academy located within the school premises and furnished with up-to-date fleet of cameras and equipment like RED, Arri, Blackmagic, canon and Sony high will be offering professional standard practical training across all key areas of film making.
Speaking at an interactive session with movie journalists, during the week, ace film maker, Abay Esho, consultant to YFA with his partner, Kingsley Omoefe noted that the academy was set up to bridge the gap between the need of the industry, professionalism and employment. “In this industry where professionalism cannot be discarded, there comes a need for the young ones to be grounded practically and theoretically in different areas of film making. YFA is positioned to meet that need and expose student to what it takes.
Our curriculum is fashioned after the best film schools and we have scholars and practitioners to train students and the best student each session has the opportunity of a scholarship of a degree course abroad. Since the industry accounts for 2nd highest employer of labour, there is a need for training of entrants and that is what Yabatech Film Academy stands for”, says Abay Esho, film director of Dear Mother, Every Day People, Eve and of recent, Oasis drama series.
YFA is a joint project between the prestigious Yaba College of Technology and Crest Entertainment, a renowned production company based in Lagos.