Grooming Filmmakers : Kunle Afolayan to Screen Competition Entries



Award-winning Nigerian filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan, will be leading other judges to screen over 150 docu-film entries for the Grooming Film Entrepreneurs competition.

Powered by the Sahara Foundation in partnership with the award winning filmmaker, Afolayan unveiled the novel initiative designed to provide a hub for budding film makers to hone their skills in June.

Participants were asked to create 15-minute documentaries that capture and celebrate entrepreneurs at work across the nation, using the theme My Nigeria, My Platform…Nigeria through an entrepreneur’s eyes.

In addition to promoting and sustaining growth in the arts, the project seeks to shape a positive narrative about Nigeria that highlights our enterprise and productivity as a people.

The screening exercise will prune the entries to a shortlist of 20 – a number that is commemorative of Sahara’s 20th anniversary – and ultimately select an overall winner that will undergo a mentorship programme with Kunle Afolayan for six months.

“As you are aware, the period for sending entries closed on August 28 and screening is underway.  We received over 150 quality entries and I am excited at the prospect of teaming up with the final 20 and the overall winner. This project is special for Sahara and I because it gives us an opportunity and privilege to add our strokes to the canvas of developing the sector whilst also changing the narrative of Nigeria globally,” Afolayan stated.

Also speaking, Bethel Obioma, Head, Corporate Communications, Sahara Group, said the top 20 entries and overall winner will be unveiled at the last quarter of the year.

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