Joke Silva-Jacobs, Stephanie Linus, Kunle Afolayan and Saint Obi were among the top Nollywood stars and other celebrities who graced the Thursday morning launch of the Afrinolly Short Film Competition at the Southern Sun Hotel in Ikoyi, Lagos. Other notable stakeholders at the event included Peace Anyiam Osigwe, CEO of Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), Emeka Mba, immediate past Director-General of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Femi Odugbemi with Makin Soyinka, Founders and Directors of iREP International Documentary Film Festival, Victor Okhai, Founder/Festival Director of In-Short International Film Festival, Hope Obioma Opara, President of Eko International Film Festival, Marc-André Schmachtel, Director of the Goethe-Institut, Idy Enang, Kolawole Oyeyemi, General Manager (Consumer Marketing) of MTN Nigeria and Lanre Aina of Google.
The competition will target over 1,000 film-makers across Africa and the winners will receive rewards valued at $100,000 (in cash and kind). Top participants will be granted opportunity to sign online distribution and content publishing deals with Afrinolly.
MTN Afrinolly is the initiative of Chike Maduegbuna, founder and CEO of FansConnectOnline Limited: a Mobile Application, Digital Marketing and Social Media start-up that won the Google’s Android Developers Challenge for Sub-Saharan Africa in the entertainment category in 2011. The unique mobile phone app enables users to watch movie trailers, music videos and comedy that have been made public by content owners or their legal representatives. MTN Afrinolly has already recorded over 1 million app downloads on Android, Blackberry, Nokia Symbian, Nokia S40 and Java platforms.
The Afrinolly Short Film Competition has been endorsed by the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) and Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) and powered by MTN and Google in partnership with iREP International Documentary Film Festival, Blackberry and the Goethe-Institut. Stephanie Linus and Kunle Afolayan are also supporting the competition as active collaborators.
The goal of the competition is to:
* Showcase African talent online
* Provide a platform to foster the creation of new (online) content produced by Africans, thereby boosting local content
And to provide great visibility for some of the most gifted creators around the continent.
Entry opens - 1st November, 2012
Entry closes - 31st January, 2013
More information on details of the prizes and rules are available on the official website on http://afrinollyshortfilmcompetition.com.
Our judging panel is comprised of international film/documentary experts and influencers from various African countries and from the United States. The films submitted will be juried by this panel of professionals led by the award-winning filmmaker, writer and photographer Femi Odugbemi.
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