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Thursday, 21 September 2017

CANON AND AMERICAN FILM SHOWCASE RETURN TO ABUJA FILM FESTIVAL 2017

Abuja: September, 2017 - The organizers of the 14th Abuja
International Film Festival are pleased to announce a partnership that will see the festival train young Nigerians in the basics of Canon DSLR film making techniques and Photography.

This is in conjunction with Canon Central and North Africa office.
This training workshop scheduled for Abuja Nigeria will see 60
shortlisted Nigerians trained over 8 days in the fundamental rudiments of cinematography and Photography.

60 successful applicants will be selected from all the applications
received by the organizers.  The training will start from the 5th to
10th of October in Abuja Nigeria.

According to Katie Simmonds the Strategic Operations Professional of Canon, the Initiative comes under Project Maraisha Initiative which is Canon’s expansion into the greater continent of Africa. Quoting her “we have established Project Miraisha, a sustainability initiative looking at providing education and training for young people in the areas of professional photography and filmmaking. The objective is to train groups of young Africans in the skills required for them to find sustainable employment or indeed to establish their own business.

The Unique feature of this year’s festival will be the Fashion
Photography by the trainees from the Canon and Abuja Film Festival
Training.

According to Fidelis Duker, The Founder of the Abuja International
Film Festival, he reiterated the vision of the Abuja International
Film festival which is to build capacity within the creative sector
and also act as a catalyst and platform for economic empowerment of those working in the creative sector. In his words  “there is no way majority of this applicants will ever remain the same after completing this training workshop as we are simply teaching them how to fish rather than giving them fish to eat. They will ultimately garner skills and also become self-sustaining creative entrepreneurs”

On completion of the Cinematography training, 5 short films will be
made and screened during the festival while the photographs of those in the Photography class will be exhibited during the Festival.

Also returning for the second year running is the American Film
Showcase which opens in Nigeria as part of the 14th Abuja
International Film Festival from Oct 9-13, 2017 and is open to the
public. The U.S. Embassy in Abuja will be partnering for the second
year running with Abuja International Film Festival to showcase
contemporary American documentaries, offering a view of American
society and culture as seen by independent filmmakers.

The Ministers of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and his counterparts in the Federal Capital Territory and Water Resources Alhaji Mohammed Musa Bello and Engr. Suleiman Adamu respectively will join U.S. Embassy Ambassador, Chairman NDDC Senator Victor Ndoma Egba and other dignitaries will give remarks at the opening ceremony on Monday 9th, October, at Silverbird Cinemas in Abuja.

Five outstanding American documentary films will be screened.  The
screenings will also feature a Masterclass with the American
filmmakers.

The some of the films for the Abuja Film Festival 2017 is Code: The IF
Project, The Listeners, Class Divide, Fastball, High School 911

According to Temitope Duker, The Executive Director Events of the 14th Abuja International Film Festival; this year’s edition scheduled for 9th to 13th of October, 2017 promises to be a bumper package as there are several masterclasses and workshops for the Industry stakeholders.

Also returning for the second year running is the American Film
Showcase which opens in Nigeria as part of the 14th Abuja
International Film Festival from Oct 9-13, 2017 and is open to the
public. The U.S. Embassy in Abuja will be partnering for the second
year running with Abuja International Film Festival to showcase
contemporary American documentaries, offering a view of American
society and culture as seen by independent filmmakers.

The Ministers of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and his counterparts in the Fedral Capital Territory and Water Resources
Alhaji Mohammed Musa Bello and Engr. Suleiman Adamu respectively will join U.S. Embassy Ambassador, Chairman NDDC Senator Victor Ndoma Egba and other dignitaries will give remarks at the opening ceremony on Monday 9th, October, at Silverbird Cinemas in Abuja.

Five outstanding American documentary films will be screened.  The
screenings will also feature a Masterclass with the American
filmmakers.

The some of the films for the Abuja Film Festival 2017 is Code: The IF
Project, The Listeners, Class Divide, Fastball, and High School 911.

FIDELIS DUKER festival Director/filmmaker FAD PRODUCTIONS LTD 85 ST FINBARRS ROAD, AKOKA - YABA LAGOS - NIGERIA www.fadproductionsng.com
www.abujafilmfestng.org Tel: 08120661930

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