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Dear Ladies & Gentlemen,

I am most honoured to welcome you to the AFRICA CINEMATOGRAPHY FESTIVAL (ACF) - a festival of trainings and retraining for the Nigerian/African Youth on the arts and crafts of filmmaking and cinematography.

The ACF vision started as a personal-research project on how to design a self-practical capacity building, a handy-product tagged – TEVAS (Transit Educational Value Arts Series), for African youths. Which was being designed, to be sponsored by any form of CSR, and disseminated freely to youths across Nigeria/Africa continuously, in order to occasion diverse simultaneous distant learning on the arts of acting, the aesthetics of creating visual pictures, the creativity of downloading imagination into drama/film scripts; the crafts of realizing visual pictures on stage/film production; costume making, makeup artistry, generating lighting concepts; sound designing/production, etc. and the medium of generating economic values. This burning passion, to engineer a startup mini-economic-value-chain in the entertainment business, for the African youths, metamorphosed into the AFRICA CINEMATOGRAPHY FESTIVAL (ACF) - a festival of trainings and retraining on the arts and crafts of filmmaking and cinematography, for the Nigerian/African Youth.

Across Africa, a makeshift-percentage of over 70milion youths make small comedy videos continuously to entertain us on social media platforms. They boost their video skits to get to everybody by paying a sum of about $5; which if multiplied by the makeshift-percentage above, it would dazzle your imagination of the socioeconomic-waste we make of our African Youths.

NO ONE PAYS FOR THEIR CREATIVITY!

THE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS DO NOT PAY FOR THEIR CONTENT!

EVEN YOU AND I, WOULDN'T TRAIN THEM EXCEPT THEY PAY SOMETHING, HOWEVER LITTLE, BASED ON OUR CLAIMS OF EXPENDITURE FOR LOGISTICS.

THEN IF THEY DON'T GET TRAINED AND RETRAINED CONSTANTLY, WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT MARKET IN AFRICA?

AND THE OLDER GENERATIONS IN THE ENTERTAINEMENT INDUSTRY ARE FAST BEING SPENT!

In summary: the Asia-Pacific's creative industry generates $743billion (or 33% of the global total for creative industries) and 12.7million jobs (43% employment generation of the global total for creative industries). Europe creative industry generates $709billion (32% of the global total for creative industries) and 7.7million jobs (26% employment generation of the global total for creative industries). North America generates $620billion (27% of the global total for creative industries) and 4.7million jobs (16% employment generation of the global total for creative industries). So where exactly is your country’s forecast placed? Where is African forecast in this fast progressive world of the entertainment/creative industry?

Furthermore, how does the fresh arts or communication graduate become an entrepreneur in the filmmaking and entertainment industry, and not lust after one oil company or banking job? Here rest my driving passion for the annual festival of trainings and retraining on the arts and crafts of filmmaking and cinematography, for African Youths - AFRICA CINEMATOGRAPHY FESTIVAL (ACF).

ACF is not a film festival. It is an annual simultaneous festival of trainings and retraining for African youths who are interested in becoming art-tertainment-extraordinaire-entrepreneurs in the various fields of filmmaking and the entertainment business.

ACF Project Executive Summary:

The AFRICA CINEMATOGRAPHY FESTIVAL (ACF) is an annual festival of simultaneous trainings; a youth-focus annual capacity building (hands-on practical classes) festival, designed to train and retrain youths on script writing, acting, directing, film production, light designing/lighting, sound designing/production, costume making, makeup artistry, makeup tour, artistic production, DOP, choreography, knowing cameras/lens that suits, photography, art direction/production designing, modeling/modeling for photo-direction and fashion designing for film/stage production: it is a rallying point for Nigerian/African university students, would-be young entrepreneurs, filmmaking industry players, stakeholders, interested participants, film investors, and a platform for networking. ACF creates and fosters a platform for practical knowledge transfer, budding entrepreneurship in the entertainment/creative industry, dreams actualization, employment and revenue generation in Nigeria/Africa annually.

 

Project Objective:

-          To Unite Africa through a platform of Knowledge Transfer on arts and crafts of filmmaking and cinematography

-          To generate young entrepreneurs in the filmmaking and entertainment industry

-          To proffer great platform for parading fashion/costume designs for film, stage production and the runway

-          To proffer great platform for film business economy and networking in Africa, marrying youth filmmakers and stakeholders to corporate brands, would-be financiers and content buyers.

-          To showcase and promote modern technology for filmmaking and entertainment.

-          To proffer a great platform for Africa Film market Fair annual; a cross exchange film market

-          To support and promote establishment and proliferation of Cinemas across Africa

 

Focus:

Promoting annual festival of training retraining on the arts and crafts of cinematography, and modern technology for film-making and entertainment for Nigerian/African youths (and industry players): UNITING AFRICA THROUGH A PHENOMENAL KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER PLATFORM.

 

SUNNIE ODAFE
Founder/CEO
Africa Cinematography Festival (ACF)
+234 (0)802 331 7416,

 

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