A unique competition focused on young African filmmakers has been launched by the creators of the Afrinolly app, aiming to broaden conversations on African issues.
In an exclusive interview with HumanIPO, Chike Maduegbuna, Executive Director of FansConnectOnline, which owns the Afrinolly App, said the rationale behind the competition was to give emerging African filmmakers an opportunity to prove their worth.
Entries to the Afrinolly Short Film Competition close on January 31 and Maduegbuna said: “Budding filmmakers in Africa should take advantage of the on-going Afrinolly Shortfilm Competition to showcase their works and raise capital for feature films.”
There are two categories, Short Movie and Documentary, with the winner of each category winning US$25,000. Second place bags US$10,000, third prize US$5,000 and fourth to tenth place US$500 each.
While no entry fee is required, participants must be 18 years or older by January 1, 2012, and must be a registered user of the popular video sharing site Youtube.
After the closing of entry submissions, public voting will begin on February 11 and ends on March 24. Winners will be published on March 6 and the prize will be given at an event in the Nigeria’s commercial capital city of Lagos.
To enter the competition, participants are required to create and submit videos, each of which is not more than 15 minutes. The videos should celebrate the power of African storytelling, with emphasis on creativity and narrative.
No restriction is placed on the number of entries an individual or organisation can submit. Instead, each entry must follow the technical, creative, and legal entry requirements as clearly stated on the Afrinolly Short Film Competition’s website.