Accelerate Filmmaker Project is an initiative of Accelerate TV which aims to empower young individuals between the ages of 18 -29 who desire a career in filmmaking. Last year, the project was hosted by Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju and we held panelist sessions from some of the most renowned filmmakers in the entertainment industry, including Joke Silva, Tope Oshin, Mildred Okwo, Ade Laoye, Seyi Babatope, Ego Boyo, John Njamah, Bibi Sasore, Bose Oshin, James Emokwe, Jennifer Alegieuno, Tolu Ajayi, O.C Ukeje, Niyi Akinmolayan, Judith Audu, Adeoye Omotayo.
Over the course of the project, over 800 interested young people submitted their entries and after the first screening, 30 people were shortlisted and after a second screening, 15 of them went through the rigorous training process. Eventually, five talented filmmakers emerged and the final five, Priye Diri, Emmanuel Oiseomaye, Michael Akinrogunde, Adenike Adebayo and Joshua Olanrewaju were given a sizeable budget to produce their own short films which were then screened at the 2017 Africa Film Festival.
After an extremely difficult selection process, it was Priye Diri who was the most outstanding entry during the competition for her short film XOXO. She was awarded a scholarship to study film at La Cinefabrique Muiltimedia College, France. The second edition of the Accelerate Filmmaker project is here again. It’s bigger, better and has more slots for participation.
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