Film Competition Overview
Over 40 applicants representing new voices in the burgeoning film scenes in Nollywood and Kannywood Nigeria, submitted compelling dramatic film scripts as part of the competition that was designed to support Northern Nigerian filmmakers. Out of this pool, 15 were shortlisted and met in Abuja where they received professional production training from leaders in the field as well as expert presentations on corruption in Nigeria. As part of the competition, the finalists adapted their scripts and pitched them to a panel of esteemed judges. Some of the session participants were introduced to include Understanding the phenomenon of corruption within Nigeria, Methodology of the film making process, Corruption in the film industry, Imperative of collective action against corruption in Nigeria and the role of the film industry, Screen writing for movies in a changing world, Understanding popular culture and film production in Nigeria, and Story structure and Character development.
Meet the four (4) Winners
We are excited to present the four finalists who have been awarded grants through our film competition in partnership with the MacArthur Foundation, to produce short films addressing corruption in Northern Nigeria. The winning films will be aired on AREWA24, Africa Magic and Ebony TV, and promoted through a social media campaign. Read short synopsis of each winning film below:
Dimbo Atiya is a trained and experienced film producer whose electric film, “Three-bulation” highlights how corruption in the power sector causes irreparable harm to vulnerable local communities.
Tijjani Shehu Yahaya is an experienced producer whose film, “The Citizen”, is about a brave patriot who takes the risk of uncovering the truth behind the riches of a mysterious business mogul.
Yusuf Ismaila Mohammed is an experienced cinematographer, writer and content creator. In “Ali Baba”, an undercover cop risks his life to investigate the illegal practices of an electricity company.
Gumut Ishaku Dashon is a creative motion picture producer. In “A Fresh Page”, a poor family struggles to achieve justice for their slain father and husband against a corrupt school.