MFA '12 Made in Nigeria Film Challenge

From Timbuktu Chronicles Sat Nov 17 2012, 13:43:00

From Maker Faire Africa 2012:

Find a Maker, Make a Film. You could win a GoPro Hero3 Professional HD Video Camera with bicycle mount, a copy of Adobe Premiere Elements 11 and a 1-Year Vimeo Pro Account, for an extreme jumpstart to your film career. They could win 100,000 Naira to push their invention forward. Film shorts are an essential storytelling tool for building community and support around inventors and the things they make. Film shorts have helped independent tradesmen gain support from their local neighbors by instilling pride within their community about a legacy of making. When they go viral, they can propel a small business in one country into the public eye of another, expanding its global reach and building bridges between cultures. So, it's no surprise that the film short is the single most critical element for a successful Kickstarter campaign in the U.S., raising seed funds in excess of $310 million for inventors, artists & entrepreneurs, in just three years time. Could film shorts have helped launch the Maker Movement around the world? ...

Africa needs more of this kind of storytelling. Its makers need to tell these stores to their country; its countries need to tell these stories to one another, and to other countries in the world. It needs a socially connected creative community rallying around its inventors and makers as we've seen elsewhere in the world where making is a critical force for economic stability. Storytelling needs storytellers and there are many to be found across the continent, but with Lagos, the heart of Nollywood, being our host for MFA 2012, we think it's the perfect time & place to take this project on a test run. So Nigerian filmmakers, we're putting this challenge to you. Show us the inventors, the makers, the artisans of your country. Who's making, where are they making, what are they making and why ...

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