Last month, the Lagos Film Academy (LFA) announced the theme for its annual Film for Life project – the upcoming 2019 elections in Nigeria. The Global Philanthropy Alliance endowed the project with a sum of $5,000, and a call for applications from young, aspiring filmmakers between the ages of 18-30 was made. From over 600 applicants, the shortlist constituted of nine finalists and they were trained by movie producers Emma Uduma, Grace Babasola and the founder of LFA, Chris Ihidero in an all-expense paid, three-day boot camp.
Now, a winner has emerged: Artistry Media, which consists of Baridakara Nwilene (producer), Alfa Faruk Umar (writer), and Joshua Tosto (director). “Artistry Media was selected became they had the most compelling story line,” Ihidero said, adding that “We had a great time at boot camp and heard an array of ideas during the pitching sessions. The shooting for the short film begins immediately. It is also important for us to make an impact with the short film that will be made, with the grant gotten from Global Philanthropy Alliance. The upcoming election is a major social happening in Nigeria, hence the need to play our parts with the story that will be told.”
Artistry Media beat two others teams, Pantheon and Nu’African to emerge winner, and they will be in charge of writing, directing and producing their short film.