The Mastercard Foundation, in collaboration with the KAP Film and Television Academy, will train 300,000 young Nigerians in film, television and film production over the next three years.
The Mastercard which disclosed this in a statement made available to THISDAY said that 50% of the participants would be made up of women in order to ensure a strong female participation.
“The training would include the Masterclass Series, which is a 20-episode virtual series that would provide online learning for aspiring filmmakers, covering several aspects of filmmaking, directing, cinematography and filmmaking activity at using the acclaimed film, ‘The Figurine’, as a case study. The virtual series of the Figurine could be watched for free on the KAPtv YouTube channel.
“The program would also include two levels of certifications from professional institutions in the areas of scriptwriting, sound, editing, directing, cinematography and production design, among others, as well as hands-on training.
“It would also connect participants to employment or entrepreneurship activities, not only in the film industry through internships and internships, but in related sub-sectors such as fashion, makeup, sheet music, editing and scriptwriting, ”the statement said. bed.
Mastercard added that applications would be received from potential participants between the ages of 18 and 35, while selection would be based on a one-minute video pitch to assess the skill level, passion and socio-economic status of each candidate. .
“The Mastercard Foundation and its Young Africa Works program in Nigeria would provide young people from less privileged backgrounds enrolled in the program with free courses and the tools for digital learning and smartphones.
Chidinma Lawanson, Nigeria Country Manager at the Mastercard Foundation, said: “The Nigerian (Nollywood) film industry produces around 20,000 films per year and generates an estimated $ 600 million in revenue. It is the largest film industry in Africa and the third in the world, after Hollywood and Bollywood.
Likewise, the CEO and founder of KAP Academy, Mr. Kunle Afolayan, who is also the producer of “The Figurine”, said that the academy would take advantage of smartphone technology for the training which would be delivered through a mobile app. ‘learning.