The African Film Academy (AFA) has partnered with the Lagos Ministry of Tourism and Arts & Culture under the Lagos State Creative Industry (LACI) initiative for the second edition of Film in a Box Lagos.
The initiative, created by the late Peace Anyiam Osigwe, will provide free training for youths in Epe, Badagry, Ikeja, Ikorodu, and Lagos Island.
Building on the success of the first edition, AFA and LASG aims to empower young filmmakers by providing training and mentorship to foster the growth of the creative industry in Lagos.
The first edition trained 890 young Lagosians, and many of them have since been integrated into mainstream Nollywood.
According to Mr. Habib Sheidu, a training and strategy associate with the AFA, “Film in a Box is a capacity-building framework that equips individuals with the requisite skill sets in the Creative Industry space, thus enabling the individual to be economically empowered.”
The training will cover acting, directing, production, set design, costume design, props management, film and TV makeup, scriptwriting, editing, cinematography, and sound production.
Ekpenyong Bassey-Inyang, a veteran Nollywood actor and director of studies at the AFA, emphasised the importance of training programs like Film in a Box in the growth and advancement of the industry. “We saw drastic positive behavioural improvements in our students during the last edition, so it also helps in building young leaders.”