Wednesday, March 2, 2022
The screening of African animation short films from Nigeria & South Africa. With a view to enlightening the audience about the work of some of the African women working in this genre across the different styles of 2D animation, 3D animation and Stop motion animation.
This session will also highlight the progress made globally and what it takes to work in animation.
The Shorts Program will be followed by a Director’s Q+ A and Roundtable moderated by Adebimpe Adebambo
Film Title: 3 Teaspoons of Sugar
Director: Kabelo Maaka
Country: South Africa
Runtime: 13 minutes, 47 seconds
In a household where mealtimes are a delightful feast full of bonding, fellowship, and good eating, 3 members of this tight-knit family are diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus. 3 Teaspoons of Sugar chronicles their individual experiences living with Diabetes - the highs, lows, defeats, victories, and lessons. Inspired by real events and real people.
Film Title: A Gugle Day
Director: Efe Majoroh
Runtime: 1 minute, 27 seconds
The consequences of checking symptoms on the internet.
Film Title: Tomati
Director: Esther Kemi Gbadamosi
Runtime: 3 minutes, 46 seconds
'Tomati' highlights the battles of an educated nobody with no obvious resource striving to overcome the unbearable economic downturn in Nigeria.
Film Title: The Satchel
Director: Nissi Ogulu
Runtime: 11 minutes, 55 seconds
The story dates back thousands of years, and centres around two brothers, Obatala and Oduduwa are children of Olodumare, the supreme ruler. Obatala, who is the crafter of human bodies, obtains permission from his father to create the earth with the aid of a satchel. Obatala is an artist who takes much pride in his work and celebrates the permission received from his father to create the universe. Oduduwa, on the other hand, is a charismatic lover boy type who has formed an attachment with a human. This story begs the question “Does love know any bounds?” Soon after Obatala has created the stars and the primaeval ocean, his brother Oduduwa usurps the satchel with the aim to finish the job. Oduduwa, fuelled by ulterior motives, fends off his brother and chaos ensues.
This Session is Hosted by Adebimpe Adebambo Productions
Filmmaking in the past decade, through increased global internet access and the rise of streaming services, has become a global endeavour. What has followed is an increased demand for stories beyond Hollywood. Yet, the financial barrier of entry continues to impede filmmakers on the African continent, especially young producers, screenwriters and directors, from greenlighting projects. They are constantly consumed by among other things, loans with outrageous interest rates and co-production deal that water down the integrity of the project and sometimes, the marketability.
At present, underinvestment is hampering the growth of the film industry. Film industries in Africa could quadruple their revenue to $20 billion and create an extra 20million jobs in the creative industry. We’ve begun to see more interest in the Nigerian film industry from foreign investors over the past 2 years with streaming services like NETFLIX and AMAZON’s entry into the market. They have started to commission local content but there are so many gatekeepers and it seems to be the more established filmmakers that have access to them, what hope does an emerging filmmaker have to gain access to the funds?
This session will discuss the future of the film industry, the potential for it to grow, where the funding is and how emerging filmmakers can tap into the eco-system being built. It will also explore the role technology is playing in helping to bridge the gap and open up a space for the democratisation of film funding, essentially the cake is here in Africa and we want every deserving filmmaker to be able to get a slice.
This Session is Hosted By PICHR
Pre-covid, the internet and technology revolution had already opened up new pathways for the funding, production and distribution of films in Africa. The pandemic further accelerated the way we produce and consume films.
With the big players like Netflix and Amazon with their huge budgets coming into the scene, there is an uncertainty about what the future holds for the African films told by Africans.
Our panel will discuss the cultural change and changing demographic tastes that are altering the African film industry. Panelists will share insights on the opportunities available for new entrants into the sector and the challenges being faced by the existing local players. The panel will also look at what projected technology advancements will mean for the future of African film and the people who make it, distribute it and consume it. There’s never been a better time in our history to make, share, and watch films.
This Session is Hosted by African Movie Channel
The rise to the top in Nigeria's entertainment and creative industry is a story of grit, tenacity, ups, and downs. Experiences that are mostly not spoken about.
Road2Blow is a documentary film that tells these candid stories by chronicling the journeys of some of Nigeria’s most ambitious talents; who are going through the difficult realities of becoming superstars.
Director: Deji Ayoola
Runtime: X Hour, X minutes, X seconds
This Session is Hosted by BoxxCulture Management
Thursday, March 3, 2022
In 2020, the creative industry, an industry that has huge potential to address the unemployment problem across the continent was disrupted by the pandemic. The disruption of the creative industry – an industry that is majorly driven by young persons - has further deepened Africa’s unemployment problem, a big issue for the continent as Africa continues to witness population increase. Also, it is a known fact that Africa is not providing enough jobs to many skilled labours to tackle the rising unemployment in the continent.
In Africa, design, film and television, music, fashion, crafts, and the arts have been identified as key drivers in creating employment and economic growth. In Nigeria alone, the country’s popular movie industry, Nollywood, is the second largest provider of work in the country. Despite this, many people within the industry are still poorly paid, while some are also faced with issues ranging from lack of industry knowledge, lack of access to the global market, intellectual theft to a poor investment.
There is clearly a need to train and educate creatives to better leverage opportunities within the creative economy. This masterclass will Xray the potential of the continent’s creative industry and its value. It will also facilitate collaboration and the sharing of best practices on how to better execute projects in the motion picture industry.
Facilitators will take a deep dive to explore many of the challenges facing the creative industries including poor policy, low patronage, piracy and a broken value chain. Participants will benefit from insights shared and learn new approaches to address challenges.
In the end, the participants will be exposed to platforms that give Africans a creative voice and access to global markets. Also, it will afford young creatives the opportunity to learn more about the industry and how to increase their productivity and profitability to help transform the creative economy in Africa.
This Session is Hosted by Africa Film Academy
African-themed content has become globally desirable. However, if we are to sustain this desire for the longest period of time, there is a need for our visual content to be of global technical standards in tune with technological advancements in content consumption.
Our session will address:
 The need for immersive sound designing leveraging on Virtual Reality technology to enhance story-telling effects.
 The need for mind-stimulating and engaging story-telling through cinematography in content creation.
Discussions during our session will focus on the total production of visual content that is of international standard from start to finish. Touch points will be: The processes involved in creating great sound design for content and the impact/importance of sound design in a great cinematic experience. The impact of virtual reality, vfx and 3d in visual content. The art of skillful composition, framing and compelling storytelling in cinematography.
This Session is Hosted by Truedis Media and Digital Company Limited