120 film students graduate from the EbonyLife Creative Academy

120 film students graduate from the EbonyLife Creative Academy

By Sampson Unamka

A total of 120 film students have completed twelve weeks of classes and also graduated from the EbonyLife Creative Academy (ELCA).

The project, which was funded by the Lagos State Government through Lagos State Creative Industries Initiative (LACI), commenced on March 8, 2021.

The 120 students took courses in the art of screenwriting, producing for success, the Director’s toolkit, acting for screen, cinematography, and lighting, art direction for film and TV, audio essentials for film and TV, and visual post-production.

At the end of their courses, groups of students from different disciplines merged into teams to produce a short film each for exhibition. The six films were shown during the graduation at EbonyLife Cinemas at EbonyLife Place, where the ceremony took place.

Each film was greeted by sustained applause from the students and their VIP guests, as their impressive filmmaking skills were exhibited. Several prizes were awarded to outstanding students, to recognise their efforts and the quality of their work.

The Hon. Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, while giving her remark at the historic event said: “I am so proud of this first batch of young filmmakers, who have spent the last three months honing their skills. They are well on their way to becoming the highly skilled technical and creative filmmakers that we need to help us to drive the creative economy forward.”

Mo Abudu, CEO of EbonyLife Media, was equally impressed. “These graduates have made the most of the learning opportunities made possible by Lagos State’s funding of this Academy. As Nigerian films begin to make an impact in world cinema, I believe that this new generation of filmmakers will tell our story in new and original ways.”

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