It looks like veteran director Tunde Kelani has joined the latest wave of Nollywood practitioners to organize filmmaking-training programs in Nigeria – the most recent one of which was spearheaded last month by Linus Idahosa and Stephanie Okereke of Del-York International in partnership with the New York Film Academy*. Kelani recently teamed up with Irish filmmaker Cashell Horgan to form Advanced Film Television Training Africa (AFTTA) to “ensure high quality training opportunities are made available to professionals working in Africa”.
The inaugural master classes aimed at practicing professionals will be held from 24th-26th October 2011 and 28th-30th October 2011 at Parklane Hotels, Ajao Estate, Lagos. Kelani will teach a “Script to Screen” class for “producing high quality low budget films in Nigeria for cinematic release.” Meanwhile, award-winning Irish cinematographer Jack Conroy (My Left Foot) will teach “Advanced Cinematography” to “create stunning and memorable images that are used to enhance any story.”
For more information and to sign up online, please go to: www.aftta.net.
*Full disclosure: The author was the Project Manager for the Del-York International / New York Film Academy Training Program, which trained over 250 Nigerian students in media production from 15th August – 10th September 2011 at Apata Memorial School in Lagos.