The four-day programme will feature workshops, seminars and women?s discussion forum

The first ever African Student Film Festival (ASFF) will hold in Lagos from the September 4 to 7, with the award ceremony taking place on the 7th.

The four-day festival will feature programmes including workshops, screening of movies, seminars and women?s discussion forum (presented by Muna Iyanam and moderated by Dr. Ifeoma Amobi).

Speaking to journalists, the Founder/Executive Director of the event, Adaobi Obiegbosi, said that the need for the festival came up when she visited some European countries and discovered that there were platforms that promoted creativity and innovation in movie making among students, and so she deemed it necessary for such to be established in Africa, in order to give African students the opportunity to showcase their movie production skills while in school.

Students from South Africa, Kenya, Cameroon, Morocco and Nigeria will be taking part in the festival, and intending participants are required to submit their videos to the organisation.

Chairman/Head of UNILAG fm and Department of Mass Communication, UNILAG, Professor Ralph Akinfeleye, who was at the press briefing, described the festival as something that would help promote African culture.

?It will help our students tell their stories properly using film as a means of mobilisation, communication, behavioural change and promotion of the rich culture of Nigeria and Africa,? he said.

According to Akinfeleye, videos with the best production would be sent to World Bank STEP-B (a project assisted by World Bank aimed at improving the quality of Science and Technology Education in all federal institutions at post-basic level).

Also present at the conference was Muna Iyanam, President of Women in Film and Television, as well as Ikechukwu Obiaya, School of Media and Communications (SMC, Pan-African University), among others.

Iyanam described the idea as a tool that was necessary to catch young talents who?ll make great exploits in the movie industry, not only in Nigeria but in Africa and the rest of the world.

Awards will be given out in categories which include scripting, cinematography, music video, directing, costuming, make up, documentary etc.

The ASFF is a Pan-African festival targeted at discovering, encouraging and rewarding African young film makers and help them get funds and grants. This year’s event will be the first edition.

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