Film coy plans to train aspiring film professionals in Lagos

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By Taiye Olayemi

The Africa’s foremost film distribution company, Blue Pictures, has expressed its readiness to train aspiring film professionals to bridge knowledge-gap in Nigeria’s film industry.

The company’s Chief Executive Officer, Joy Odiete, who disclosed this in a statement in Lagos on Tuesday stated that aspiring film professionals would be trained in Lagos State.

According to Odiete, the training is designed to give wings to aspiring professionals in film and content creation business slated for Oct. 26.

Odiete noted that the training would focus on film producing, movie critiquing, directing, film financing, marketing and content creation.

According to her, the training is deliberately organised to help youths understand their way around the film industry.

“ Blue Pictures is set for the second edition of her biennial industry interactive forum, ‘Next Gen Mini Conference’, to hold in Lagos on Oct. 26.

“ This edition with the theme, ‘Next Gen Evolve’ will be held in partnership with the Nigerian International Film and TV Summit.”
Odiete said that the essence of the conference was to provide a platform for the youths to interact with personalities that have the wherewithal to sharpen their careers in the film business.

“ It was inspired by my experience when I joined the industry, because there was nobody to lean on for mentorship.

“ So, this conference is designed to provide that support for starters who need to fit into the industry.

” We hold it biennially, so, we could have time to prepare those with successful pitches before taking on a new batch,” she said.

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Odiete said that the conference was open to brands for sponsorships and partnerships.

She urged Nigerian youths to visit the online portal of the event at: for free registration to participate at the event.

“ Aside offering creative Nigerian youths the opportunity to network with established film professionals.

” One of the highlights of the programme is the ‘pitch session’, where possible co-production deals would be struck for making and marketing of film and TV content ideas.

“ Some of the notable professionals billed to speak at the day-long industry event include: Adedayo Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, National Film and Videos Censors Board; Uche Nwuka, Director, Bank of Industry;

“ Also, Patrick Lee Executive, Viva Cinemas; Chris Odeh, Senior Producer, Sozo Films; Mary Ephraim, President, Homelands Films and Tochukwu MacFoy, Founder, Energize Music,” she said. (NAN)

Edited by AbdullahiMohammed/ Deji Abdulwahab

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