The second edition of the Accelerate Filmmaker Project, brought to fruition in partnership with Access Bank and AFRIFF, marked a successful end at the 2018 Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF).
The Accelerate Filmmaker Project marked its success with the premiere of six short films created by seven finalists from the competition in conjunction with AFRIFF on Monday, November 12th, 2018 at the Genesis Cinemas in Lekki, Lagos State. The finalists got the chance with industry elites in an interactive Q and A session during the screening, bringing about the depths to which the films were shot.
Seated among guests exceeding 200 were Nollywood veterans like Mildred Okwo, Niyi Akinmolayan, Victor Sanchez Aghahowa, Gloria Young and a host of others. Finalists, whose films made it to the big screen include Chidinma Igbokweuche, who directed MMACHI; Ozioma Ogbaji, who produced STUCK; Samuel Olanrewaju – THE WALL; Bola Akanbi – THORN; Charles Obi Emere – WRONG CON and WALLFLOWER co-produced by Joel Adegboye and Seun Richards. The winner, who will be awarded an AFRIFF film-making scholarship to France, would be announced at the AFRIFF award ceremony on Saturday, November 17th, 2018.
Speaking at the event, Head of Accelerate TV, Colette Otusheso, appreciated everyone who graced the event including mentors and the Accelerate team, whose collaborative efforts led to the celebration of a huge success. On the short films, she said “These films are testimonies to the potential achievement metrics when a pool of people with a common goal come together to achieve greatness. The underlying foundation is the power of collaboration – a gift that is necessary to guarantee success in film-making”.