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Africa Cinematography Festival unveiled to grow Nigeria’s film and entertainment sector
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By Bamidele Adeleye
August 7, 2017 14:45:51pm GMT      |      Views: 397
L-R: Mr. Henry Emenike, Africa Cinematography Festival (ACF) Co-Founder and CEO LEM International (Germany); Mrs Folorunsho Alakija, Founding Grand Matron, ACF; Mrs Judith Alakija, Founding Brand Ambassador and DG, Event Coordination; Mr Sunnie Odafe, COO, LEM International ( Africa) and Co-Founder, ACF and Mr Frank Macaulay, Director Technical and Production, ACF at the media briefing to announce the Africa Cinematography Festival in Lagos on Monday August 7, 2017.

WorldStage Newsonline-- Africa Cinematography Festival, the game changer in the film making and entertainment industry has been unveiled to train young Nigerians and improve the skills of stakeholders in the film and entertainment sector.

The festival, the first of its kind in the industry is designed to bridge the knowledge gap which has negatively affected all aspects of the film making and entertainment industry through training, production enhancement workshop, networking, film market, film and technology expo.

Speaking at a media briefing to announce the festival in Lagos, the Founding Brand Ambassador and Director General, Event Coordination, Mrs Judith Alakija identified inadequate knowledge as the major challenge hindering the competitiveness of the Nigerian film making and entertainment industry on the global stage, promising that the festival will change the trend.

"The gulf-like knowledge gap, leaves our youths at a disadvantaged position which could threaten their future as entrepreneurs in the industry,” she said.

"Africa Cinematography Festival provides our youths across Nigeria and Africa a great future and self-employment opportunity. It provides all industry players and stakeholders, including you and I the platform for optimization of the inherent potentials and prospects of technological advancement in audio-visual, sound, light and still photo productions."

She expressed her commitment to the "Project Nigeria" with a great focus in promoting youth capacity building and developing the film making and entertainment industry because of its potential to enhance Nigeria's GDP.

Mr. Henry Emenike, Chief Executive Officer, Legacy Empire Management and Co-Founder Africa Cinematography Festival described the festival as a child of necessity, "especially when one weights what is currently obtainable against what should have been the gain of the industry."

He said Nigerian film industry had enjoyed massive followership but that getting foreign partners had been difficult due to lack of trust.

Emenike said the Africa Cinematography Festival will pave way for a new era and embody an industry bouyed by technological advancement.

Mrs  Alakija, the Founding Grand Matron, Africa Cinematography Festival said she was fascinated by the initiative, describing the festival as a project that “speaks to the spirit of young Nigerians.”

While expressing her full commitment to the festival, she called on the youths to explore the initiative to enhance their skills for the overall development of the industry.

Registration for the festival is expected to begin in the next two weeks while the festival will run for six days in November 2017.

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