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Censors Board trains 50 young filmmakers, make them industry Ambassadors

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Censors Board trains 50 young filmmakers, make them industry Ambassadors

The National Board of Film and Video Censors (NFVCB) has trained 50 emerging filmmakers in the basics of Over-The-Top (OTT) movie streaming.

The filmmakers also set themselves up as ambassadors against unrated films and harmful video content.

The young people were trained in a workshop on the theme: “Understanding the modules for OTT Streaming and its components”, organized from 29 to 30 November in Ikeja, Lagos state.

The Nigerian News Agency reports that OTT is a means of providing television and movie content directly to viewers via the Internet to meet the needs of the individual consumer.

Among the participants of the event are young scriptwriters, cinematographers, actors, producers, among others.

They were entrepreneurs trained in the basic technical and business skills necessary to be successful digital content creators in a competitive business environment.

Experts at the workshop include Patrick Lee, President of the Nigerian Film Exhibitors Association (CEAN), Ms. Ijeoma Onah, Executive Director of Super TV, Yemi Amodu, National Secretary for Theater Arts and Film Producers Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN).

Others are veteran Nollywood actor Keppi Ekpeyong and Peace Anyiam-Osigwe (MFR), the National Presiding Association of Film Producers (AMP) and the founder of the Africa Movie Academic Awards (AMAA).

Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, Executive Director / CEO of NFVCB, said the training was part of the board’s various capacity building initiatives for both youth and established industry players.

According to him, the workshop aims to bridge the gap between the conventional and digital era of cinema and distribution to ensure that Nigerian content contributes more to the national economy.

Therefore, he urged participants to maximize the workshop’s conclusions as a stepping stone to their dream career in the film industry.

“I am pleased to bring together young people who have found a breakthrough in the film industry and are championing a new and competitive direction for self-reliance.

“Regardless of the overwhelming social and economic challenges, these young people have continued to show resilience and drive self-reliance, some of whom have found help in the digital content space, implementing innovation, technology and resilience.

Representative sample of participants while the Board of Censors trains 50 young people

“This is our motivation to leave these two days for the training of these 50 young talents and emerging entrepreneurs selected in the understanding of the OTT transmission modules and their components.

“This is an initiative driven to attract young minds to the industry to significantly boost employment, economic growth and create an avenue for interaction between young and old in the digital cinema ecosystem.

“The digital film ecosystem offers many opportunities for youth empowerment, job creation, investment and socio-economic development, which are part of the key concerns of the Federal Government’s National Development Plan 2021-2025.

“Therefore, we selected these young people for training because we believe that they have the potential to cause a great transformation and further export Nigeria as a nation of talents and quality to the world,” he said.

He added that the training was adequate and timely in their quest to become celebrity filmmakers.

Mark Iyere, short film producer, said: “This training has given me the opportunity to learn what it takes to create content for digital consumption profitably.

“It is no longer a business as usual, as the digital space is available to display my work, and I sincerely thank the NFVCB for putting this together for us.”

Omo’ba Jayesimi, broadcast journalist and content creator, said: “I just realized that I can really make money showing my creativity online.

“There are stories that I wanted to give to other people to produce, but with this training I realized that I can really do it.

“I am very grateful that now I can go out to teach others what I have learned from this event,

The highlight of the event was the presentation of certificates and starter packages to the participants.

Source: NAN

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