As part of activities of the 2016 Abuja International Film Festival scheduled to start on the 4th of October 2016 and run through the 7th October, 2016. The AIFF Talent Campus which is an initiative of the Abuja International Film has concluded the training of 60 young Nigerians in the craft of cinematography and photography.
The project which is an original and first of its kind concept of the Abuja International Film Festival is in partnership with Canon (manufacturers of the canon range of cameras) with the creative cities grant support from the British council took the participants through the rudiment of cinematographic and photographic expression.
According to Uche Agbo one of the participants from Enugu who said the training has opened to new tricks in the act of cinematography, emphasing that whatever knowledge garnered here is not wasted.
To Raul Gabat the Canon Technical facilitator for the AIFF/Canon Talent Campus, the result from the programme is simply the transfer of skills and knowledge to the participants. Temitope Duker the project director for AIFF Talent Campus reiterated Abuja International Film Festivals commitment to developing capacity and creating new entrepreneurs in the creative sector in Nigeria.
The Film Festival will open with a cocktail that will have 4 Ministers, 8 Ambassadors and several Filmmaker delegations from Benin, Ghana, Togo, Liberia, and Cameroun storm the glamorous opening ceremony of the 13th Abuja International Film Festival slated for 4pm at the Silverbird Cinemas Abuja. The Ministers expected are the Host Minister and FCT Minister Alhaji Mohammed Musa Bello, Minister of Information and Culture Alh. Lai Mohammed, Minister of Water Resources Engr. Suleiman Adamu and the Minister of Culture of Cameroun, Also confirmed to attend are the Ambassadors of Iran, China, USA, Mexico, France, Italy, Ghana amongst several high powered dignitaries.
The Festival is laced with several programmes including the acting master classes facilitated by the quartet of Lancelot Imasuen, Richard Mofe Damijo, segun Arinxe and Evelyn Ikuenobe Otaigbe. The Documentary masterclass will be collaboration between the American Embassy in Nigeria and Abuja Film Festival and it will involve 4 American filmmakers running a documentary masterclass over 4 days.