Lagos, Nigeria – 25 July 2015

Proper Film’s David Horler joined expert film trainers Roshanak Behesht Nedjad (Germany) and Jacques Akchoti (France) for EAVE ON DEMAND in Lagos, a week long, intensive script development and production training workshop for a selected group of Nigerian writers and producers. The workshop is a continued initiative of Europe’s most respected film-training institution, the European Audio-visual Entrepreneurs (EAVE) with the support of the Goethe Institut Lagos.

The workshop consisted of group work and master classes on script development, co-production, financing and legal issues and open, honest discussions about industry trends, accessing international networks and grass-roots industry empowerment initiatives. All discussion points were tailored-made to the selected filmmakers who each participated with a feature film project at various stages of development.

“Despite all the participant’s incredibly different backgrounds and levels of experience, I was overwhelmed by the dedication, confidence and professionalism of the group.” Horler said of the programme. “There is a new wave of Nigerian filmmakers who are actively fighting against the old Nollywood model, notorious for their ultra low-budget, direct-to-DVD films with little creative innovation. This group was clearly part of this wave and as a fellow African filmmaker; it was incredibly interesting and inspiring to discuss, at length, the various ways and means the filmmakers are able to subvert expectations and create new forms of cinema, in Africa’s largest film industry undergoing explosive growth. I look forward to following the selected projects and, with a gross revenue nearly double the size of the South African film industry, keeping a watchful eye on the further development and growth of the New Nollywood as it were”

The Goethe Institut Lagos also invited the trainers to attend various cultural events and meetings during their stay in Lagos, including a contemporary photographic exhibition at the Ford Foundation focussed on African, female artists from the continent and diaspora; as well as a lecture on Polish architect Zbigniew Dmochowski’s influence on architectural drawing in post-independence Nigeria. The team also had the privilege of meeting with Chike Maduegbuna, the CEO of Afrinolly, Nigeria’s latest film startup; who gave a guided tour of their brand new studio, training and post-production facilities and an in-depth discussion about their new app, destined to be the continent’s most accessible and affordable VOD service for African film.

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