By Benjamin Njoku
ORGANISERS of the 14th Abuja International Film Festival have announced a partnership that will see the festival train young Nigerians in the basics of Canon DSLR film making techniques and photography.

Actors Sadiq Daba (L) and Aderupoko ride bicycles as they perform during filming for “October 1”, a police thriller directed by Kunle Afolayan,

This is in conjunction with Canon Central and North Africa office. This training workshop which is scheduled to hold in  Abuja, will see 60 short-listed Nigerians trained over eight days in the fundamental rudiments of cinematography and photography. The training will start from October 5 to 10 in Abuja.

According to Katie Simmonds the Strategic Operations Professional of Canon, the Initiative comes under Project Maraisha Initiative which is Canon’s expansion into the greater continent of Africa. She said, “we have established Project Miraisha, a sustainability initiative looking at providing education and training for young people in the areas of professional photography and filmmaking. The objective is to train groups of young Africans in the skills required for them to find sustainable employment or indeed to establish their own business.”

The unique feature of this year’s festival will be the fashion photography by the trainees from the Canon and Abuja Film Festival Training

Fidelis Duker, the founder of AIFF reiterated the vision of the festival which is to build capacity within the creative sector and also act as a catalyst and platform for economic empowerment of those working in the creative sector. “There is no way majority of this applicants will ever remain the same after completing this training workshop as we are simply teaching them how to fish rather than giving them fish to eat.

They will ultimately garner skills and also become self-sustaining creative entrepreneurs,” he said. On completion of the Cinematography training, 5 short films will be made and screened during the festival while the photographs of those in the Photography class will be exhibited during the Festival.

Also returning for the second year running is the American Film Showcase which opens in Nigeria as part of the 14th Abuja International Film Festival from Oct 9-13, 2017 and is open to the public. The U.S. Embassy in Abuja will be partnering for the second year running with Abuja International Film Festival to showcase contemporary American documentaries, offering a view of American society and culture as seen by independent filmmakers.


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