Following the closure of entry submissions for Grooming Film Extrapreneurs competition, Kunle Afolayan will join other judges to commence the screening of submitted entries.
The screening exercise will prune the entries to a shortlist of 20 - a number that is commemorative of Sahara’s 20th anniversary – and ultimately select an overall winner that will undergo a mentorship programme with the CEO director for six months.
According to a statement from the panel, which is headed by Afolayan, judges will be looking out for overall film making capability, style of storytelling, subject matter interpretation, audio and visual quality, aesthetics as well as understanding of the perspective of a story.
Speaking on the screening process, Afolayan said: “As you are aware, the period for sending entries closed on August 28 and screening is underway. We received over 150 quality entries and I am excited at the prospect of teaming up with the final 20 and the overall winner. This project is special for Sahara and I because it gives us an opportunity and privilege to add our strokes to the canvas of developing the sector whilst also changing the narrative of Nigeria globally.”
Powered by the Sahara Foundation, an arm of Sahara Group, in partnership with the award winning film maker Kunle Afolayan, the CEO director has commenced work on sieving the best works from the list of submitted entries.
Participants were asked to create 15-minute documentaries that capture and celebrate entrepreneurs at work across the nation, using the theme ‘My Nigeria, My Platform…Nigeria through an entrepreneur’s eyes.’
Also speaking on the next stage of the project, Bethel Obioma, Head, Corporate Communications, Sahara Group, said the top 20 entries and overall winner will be unveiled at the last quarter of the year.
In his words, “Sahara is proud of all the young film makers for rising up to the challenge and creating excellent documentaries about entrepreneurs in Nigeria. We are confident that these young men and women will go on to rule the film landscape globally. We remain committed to using our extrapreneurship platforms to empower millions of beneficiaries to realise their aspirations,” he added.
Grooming Film Extraprenuers with Kunle Afolayan was unveiled in June as the novel initiative designed to provide a hub for budding film makers to hone their skills.