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AFRIFF Don Omope speaks to filmmakers about the business

During his session on career development and integrity, the producer spoke to young filmmakers about the practicalities of the filmmaking business.

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Don Omope is among the film industry professionals passing across their knowledge and sharing experiences at the Africa International Film Festival.

Omope, who is the Head of Film Production and Strategy at FilmOne spoke at a session on career development and integrity at the AFRIFF Alumni Engagement on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at the Genesis Cinemas.

The “The Wedding Party” producer mentored filmmakers on the practicalities of the filmmaking business and dealing with talent. He advised the session's attendee's to select the cast of their productions based on skills and talent.

Don’t put people in your films because they are your friends but because of their talent. “When you bring talented people to your crew without them having doubts, you would only come out with something really amazing,” said Omope.

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He also added that understanding how other people think is key to longevity in the movie industry.

“What takes you far is how long you can cope with people, start to understand how people think because the way you approach people matters and it goes a long way,” he added.

He encouraged the young filmmakers in his panel not to beat themselves up over mistakes made.

Spend time learning how not to do things because when you have made enough mistakes what is left is how to correctly do them.”

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Film director and producer Mildred Okwo



AFRIFF kicked off on Sunday with the African premiere of American filmmaker Nate Parker’s historical drama “The Birth of a Nation” at the Filmhouse Imax Cinema on Sunday, November 13, 2016.

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The opening night of the festival was attended by Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Chike Okonkwo who plays Will in Nate Parker’s film as well as some of Nollywood’s favourites including RMD, Kate Henshaw, Rita Dominic and more.

The Africa International Film Festival continues through the week with film screenings, industry sessions, master classes and other programmes, taking place simultaneously at the Silverbird Galleria, Victoria Island; Genesis Deluxe and Filmhouse-IMAX, Lekki; Maryland Mall, Ikeja and Afrinolly Space, Oregun Lagos.

The festival comes to an end with an awards ceremony on November 19, 2016.

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