AFRIFF and the Ford Foundation are on a mission to empower the next generation of female Nigerian filmmakers

24 August 2017


Yesterday, the latest beneficiaries of the AFRIFF/Ford Foundation scholarship in filmmaking, as well as their benefactors gathered on the 9th floor of the CBC Towers in Lekki to share their excitement about their immediate future (a six-week trip to Lyon for a training in filmmaking at the Cinemafabrique), and the biggest driving force behind this year’s scholarship selection – the empowerment of female Nigerian filmmakers in the industry.

For the third year in a row, the Ford Foundation is partnering with the African International Film Festival to send 20 young filmmakers (actors, screenwriters, directors, and editors) abroad to hone their skills for storytelling and filmmaking. The previous two years have seen about 36 budding filmmakers travel out of the country to participate in a six-week course which encompasses their various fields of discipline, under the scholarship of the organisations involved.

AFRIFF Founder, Chioma Ude enthused that all the necessary plans have been set in motion to send the beneficiaries to undertake their course in France. Before this, the students will be attending a requisite French language tutorial at the popular Alliance Française in Lagos.

Mrs Emmanuelle Ravot, the Deputy Director/Director of Studies at Alliance Francaise explained that the French lesson is expected to prepare the students in the areas of French courtesies and cultural background, although the students will take their filmmaking classes in the English language. There is also a plan to take them on a tour of Paris after the course, as well as put them through a brief internship at France 24. Read the full article in Ventures here.