IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF EMERGING A WINNER IN THE HOMEVIDA SHORT FILM SCRIPT COMPETITION

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N100, 000 is up for grabs in the Homevida 2014 Short Film Script Competition and we want to help you win it! Improve your chances of emerging a winner by better understanding the competition, its mission, criteria and guidelines.

Terms of reference: this details articles 1 – 11 which provide important information about the competition, its goals, judges and overall modes of operation.

Short film script criteria: this details the criteria for short screenplays based on which winning scripts will be selected.

Rules and conditions: ensure that you as a writer are eligible and your script does not get disqualified by understanding the rules and regulations guiding the competition.

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Press release for the Homevida Short Film Script Competition.

Homevida 2014 Short Screenplay Competition

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Stand a chance to win a N100, 000 and have your winning scripts turned into short films in the Homevida 2014 Call for Scripts Competition.

Homevida is calling on all Nigerians between the ages of 16 – 30 to send their original short scripts in these 3 categories: See it after the cut…

· The Investors Protection Prize, endowed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
· The Human Development Prize, endowed by United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC)
· Recognition for the Best Anti trafficking in Persons Script by United Nations on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and funded by the European Union (3 winners will be selected from this category)

To be eligible, all submitted scripts must be:
· Able to fit into a 10-15 minutes short film. Scripts should be no more than 15 pages.
· Have well defined characters and plot
· Typed and presented professionally in MS Word or PDF.

Entries close June 13, 2014.
To read more on the criteria for each category, click HERE
To submit your script, click here http://homevida.org/competitions/short-film-submition

Homevida is an initiative of the Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC). This initiative was created on a platform to drive creative messaging on integrity and value change by providing incentives to film makers who consider such values when making their movies. We have partnered with institutions such as Securities and Exchange Commission Nigeria (SEC), Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the National Film and Videos Censors Board (NFVCB).

For more enquiries on the competition: 08036267188 or info@homevida.org
To know more about our work and past events visit: http://www.homevida.org
Click here to watch the short film which won the Family Friendly Prize Homevida 2011 Short Scripts Competition

IMPORTANT! Improve your chances of emerging a winner by better understanding competition and its goals:
Terms of reference for the Homevida short film script competition.
Criteria for the short film script entries.
Rules and conditions for submission of short film scripts.

Sourced from the Homevida competition website and the Linda Ikeji blog

French Institut of Nigeria Presents: Festival du Film Documentaire

Vous cherchez une excellente façon de passer vos soirées? Pour la dernière semaine de Novembre de l’Institut français du Nigeria a obtenu votre couvert. Si vous êtes un amateur de films alors ne manquez pas ça!

Looking for a great way to spend your evenings? For the last week of November the French Institut of Nigeria has got your covered. If you’re a lover of films then don’t miss out on this!

Dans le cadre de son « Festival du film documentaire » L’Institut français du Nigeria vous propose un sujet chaque soir à 19h00 à l’IFN, du lundi 25 au vendredi 29 novembre 2013.
Les projections auront lieu en plein air.
L’entrée est gratuite.
Soyez les bienvenus.

In the framework of the Documentary film festival, the French Institute of Nigeria presents a movie every evening at 7pm, from Monday 25th to Friday 29th of November 2013.
Outdoors screening.
Free entrance
You are most welcome.

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Visibility Zero: a short film by Toyin Oyekami

The story

Fred, a first-class university graduate roams the streets of Lagos for close to two years, strongly believing his university degree is his only ladder to success. Things move from bad to worse until he becomes friends with a blind street beggar, Temiwa.

Temiwa is a 28-year old beautiful lady with a ten-year old son, Wisdom. She became blind at 18, when she was raped and shot in the face during an armed robbery attack in which her parents were murdered. This led to her loss of sight and conception of Wisdom.

Watch the short film and leave a comment telling us what you think.

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A Short Film from Africa: Visibility Zero

Synopsis, THE MOVIE
Fred, a first-class university graduate roams the streets of Lagos for close to two years, strongly believing his university degree is his only ladder to success. Things move from bad to worse until he becomes friends with a blind street beggar, Temiwa.

Temiwa is a 28-year old beautiful lady with a ten-year old son, Wisdom. She became blind at 18, when she was raped and shot in the face during an armed robbery attack in which her parents were murdered. This led to her loss of sight and conception of Wisdom.

Visibility Zero, THE GOAL
Visibility Zero is a wake-up call to the average Nigerian graduate, to look inwards for self-discovery rather than perpetually wait to be employed by a big firm.

We hope that with awareness about this short film, we can raise funds for this project which is essentially about giving back to the community.

The Nigerian youth, in 2013, needs to be taught how to enhance his self-worth through rediscovery and skills acquisition, all to improve his chances of success in today’s world.

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Young Artist Profile: Gina Castel

African Entertainment better watch out! Performance, passion and expression have found their embodiment in the unbridled personality of Gina Castel.

Actress

Gina Castel is an actor, on-air personality, model, and fashion designer. Hailing from the Cape Coast, Ghana, Gina is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. A vivacious, mulit-talented persona, Gina works across a multitude of artistic and entertainment platforms, bringing her ‘no-holds-barred’ exuberance to each project.

A queen of the stage and a master of the screen, Gina Castel is a sight to behold when executing her acting skills. Her indepth performances, and often surprising dedication to the creation of her characters, have led to Gina being recognized as one of the next top acts to be on the look out for.

Character portrayal

Gina often works alongside major figures in Nollywood, having to her record titles such as Covert Operations, a flick by Alex Mouth (of Mnet’s Tinsel) where she played a blind woman alongside Patience Nzokwu, Olu Jacobs, Yemi Black; When Is It Enough written and directed by Daniel Ademinokan and Stella Damasus, where she played the female lead; others include Private Lies, Wife, Story Story (a BBC Radio production), Zozanatu, Affiong and a lot of other titles.

On set

As a model Gina is known to rock a signature afro cut which tops off a graceful aura that glides across runways. And when she’s not on the runway, Gina sketches and designs fashion wears.

One of Gina’s biggest passions is being a Co-Presenter for the lifestyle, faith-based radio program THR3E, which airs on Praise World Radio and is powered by In His Steps magazine, and has been featured on Impact Detroit magazine.

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One of the most fun things about this talented lady is her ability to adeptly imitate an impressive array of accents – Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, British, Indian, American, etc. If you ever run into Gina and can cajole her into doing some accents for you, it’ll probably be your most fun experience for the day!

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Femi Amogunla: My Name, My Identity

From the groundbreaking 30 Nigeria House project, a young voice in traditional Yoruba poetry, evoking the rhythms of timeless wisdom, sings itself into the okan (heart) of African poetry. His name is Femi Amogunla.

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Femi on NTA hilltop, Ile Ife, Osun state, for location check. Photo by Ogunniyi Temitope.

The man, the poet
Femi Amogunla is an actor, spoken word and voice-over artist based in Ibadan, Nigeria. He studied English Language at the Obafemi Awolowo University, after which he proceeded to the Royal Arts Academy for a Diploma in Acting where he graduated as the best acting student. Performance is one word with many meanings for Femi; many of them, he loves.

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Femi at Oranmiyan park, Ile Ife. Photo by Ogunniyi Temitope.

His project
In June of 2012 Femi was selected as one of 30 award winners for the prestigious 30 Nigeria House project, an initiative of Theatre Royal Stratford East and New World Nigeria. His project has seen Femi develop a spoken word piece titled: My Name, My Identity.

The poem My Name, My Identity focuses on the beauty of Yoruba culture as captured in the significance of a name, in this case, Femi’s name. In the Yoruba belief system, what you are called and how you are called goes a long way to affect what you turn out to be.

The narrator of the poem insists that he should be called by his name, the way it should be; not as an abbreviation or as a nickname because, it is believed that ‘whatever’ you are called has a meaning.

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Poetry makers. Photo by Ogunniyi Temitope.

The poet draws on personal examples of the challenges that he has faced when it comes to his name, and draws on how he has been able to keep bearing his name despite these.

The poem also goes ahead to show the challenges of holding on to this culture of naming in a fast changing world that seems to impose its change on one. The narrator refuses any version of his name, and takes pride in what he’s called, drawing from the Yoruba culture and history.

Rendered in English, this poem has a universal appeal, yet it is sprinkled with local Yoruba language, the poet calls the audience to a different language, to a different culture. It also makes use of accepted codes of culture like music.Finally, it educates others about African lives, African pride and the struggle of the African past.

The Making of: My Name, My Identity

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On set: Mayowa Olajide, Femi and Elujoba Folusho. Photo by Ogunniyi Temitope

Filming the Project
Speaking about the filming of this poetic piece Femi notes the project exposed him to “varied experiences”. Shot in locations in Ile Ife, Osun State, the project took about three months to go through the lifecycle of pre-production to production to post-production. In order to fully capture the resonance of the poetry, audio was done separately from the shoot and as the poet puts it “that alone was hard work”.

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There is music in poetry, there is dance in words. Photo by Ogunniyi Temitope

This being the first video shoot of his poetry, Femi says with a reminiscent smile, “I learnt so many lessons from the experience. It is one that I would gladly repeat. Now, I look forward to more recordings of my work”.

Crew
Sometimes it can take an entire village to see a project such as this grow from seed to fruition, that makes nothing more encouraging than working with a crew who give the best to the task.

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On set: Folusho (left), Femi (center) and Mayowa (right)

Speaking of the crew Femi says: “my director, Imole Adisa who is also the creative director of The Masque Troupe did a wonderful job. The bata dancer Folusho Elujoba is a force to reckon with. Also the effort of the cinematographer, Mayowa Olajide, who also doubled as the editor cannot be over emphasised. My costumier was Soji Gbelekale, so you know where the colourful traditional attires came from. The words all flow into one lovely poem and that’s thanks to Temitayo Olofinlua, the content director; she took the idea from the first draft and transformed it into a great poem.

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Folusho in motion. Photo by Ogunniyi Temitope.

Challenges
Nothing beats the stories of challenges we face during the production of a work of art. Femi shared some with us:

“While leaving for location, I told my wife I should be home in four – maximum five – days. This was because I had everything set – or so I thought. My location manager and I kept exchanging mails and all of that to be sure we won’t be spending more than a week.

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Director Imole Adisa (left) giving directions to Femi (center) and Folusho (right). Photo by Ogunniyi Temitope.

When I got to Ile-Ife, the first challenge I had was getting appropriate time for rehearsals as the drummer, my director and even my cinematographer all had unexpected issues to attend to. We kept scheduling and re-scheduling until we got it done after three days. The first thing we did was to do the audio session. We booked an all-night session and that was tedious. One person did the drumming. There were three different drums. So imagine, each sound after the other. It was demanding. I had to do the recitation every time he picked an entirely different drum.

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The throat and the earth, they must be made wet with wine. Photo by Ogunniyi Temitope.

After two days, we headed for location somewhere in front of the Oni of Ife’s palace only to be sent away by someone who claimed to be in charge of the place. Meanwhile my location manager had spoken to someone who also presented himself as being in charge of the place. All the shots we had before the intervention had to be cancelled. It was quite difficult getting a place to use eventually but in the end, it all went well”.

A poet’s gratitude
The work at last a reality; the video completed and many lessons learnt, Femi considers himself “a better poet… hopefully” emerging from this unforgettable adventure. Expressing his joy and gratitude Femi says “Thanks to everyone for making this a reality. The amazing crew. The Theatre Royal Stratford East and 30 Nigeria House for the opportunity. The other 29 lucky winners. Let’s change our world, one word, one poem, one play, at a time.”

If like us you are eager to see, hear and resonate more with Femi and his world of expressions, the poet assured us his works – in video, audio and text formats – will soon be accessible via his website: http://www.ogbenifemi.com

Find out more about the 30 Nigeria House project here.. A.R.T is proud to be part of one of the projects under 30 Nigeria House, find out more here.

CASTING CALL

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Faith, Trust, or A Word of Four Letters is a short film about a girl who leaves her hometown in Nigeria to acquire an education in the UK. She faces challenges to her identity, her faith and her background when she is cruelly betrayed.

The film is part of a film production project by student film-maker Chioma Idigo.

If you’re a talented actor/actress in the UK, and would like to be part of this, auditions are to take place in QS/021 Arts Workshop, York St John University on Wednesday 20th March between 1pm and 3pm.

If you are unavailable at this time but would like to audition please email: lady_idig@hotmail.com

Please note: being a school project, services of actors/actresses are being requested on a volunteer basis.

Short film trailer

What makes a man hit a woman? What drives him to that raging point where the only way he can communicate with her is through a clenched fist pounding her face? Continuously. Can a man ever be justified in taking such action?

Why doesn’t she leave him? Despite the black eyes and blue-bruised skin, why does she choose to stay? Love? Fear? Shame? She knows this won’t be the last time. She knows he will hit her again. Then why doesn’t she leave him?

Lagos based Nigerian film-maker Soji Ogunnaike presents “When Fishes Drown” an exploration of domestic violence through film.

Afrinolly short film competitionn

Are you a film-maker, actor, actress, screenwriter or cinematographer out there looking for a great opportunity? The Afrinolly short film competition may just be for you!

Visit the main site to find out more
You can also watch the announcement as posted on YouTube.