Film is big business, but film also has the power to change the world.
In a time when Nigeria and the continent of Africa is overwhelmed by multiple ills, poverty, injustice, terrorism, and corruption, we seek to train filmmakerswith a vision to tell stories that will tackle some of the continent’s most pressing issues head-on. Filmmakers who understand that linking a powerful story with a highly developed activist campaign, could move public opinion and start a revolution. And to make a film with such power to create change it has to be intentional.
We at High Definition Film Academy are out to be a part of the solution, and our Script to Screen Africa project is the arena where these new generation of Social Impact Filmmakers will be forged.
Script2Screen Africa is a Filmmaking Reality TV project that will train and engage 60 Filmmakers each year, to produce 4 Short Films and 1 Feature, to tackle Social illshead-on, educate viewers while entertaining them, and hopefully pique effective action once the screen’s glow diminishes.
The 2018 Edition is dedicated to tackling CORRUPTION in Nigeria, and with the theme #CorruptionFreeNigeria
Nollywood star Actors and filmmakers are engaged as facilitators/mentors for the 2018 Script to Screen Africa Filmmaking Reality TV project. The A-list actors will facilitate courses in Acting for the acting students while the filmmakers will facilitate filmmaking related programs for the filmmaking students.
Three veteran filmmakers will serve as Jury, to screen the finalists’ performances, and select the most outstanding finalists for awards at the 2018 Script to Screen Africa Grand Finale & Awards.
The sixty (60) finalists are grouped into 4 TEAMS, each comprising of actors and filmmakers. Each team will work on a number of tasks and projects during the course of the Reality show.
In addition to the filmmaking training the finalists will receive, the project will also host special lectures on corruption. The lectures will background the finalists in different theories/manifestations of corruption, underlying factors, strategies for addressing it and why they fail. This will improve the quality and innovations in the scripts to be produced by the 4 teams.
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Zonal auditions across six states in Nigeria, including Lagos, Abuja, PortHacourt, Benin, Owerri and Enugu, produced the 60 finalists for the 2018 Script2Screen Africa Filmmaking Reality TV Show. Auditions also held in Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, and UK via online submissions.
2. SHORT FILM COMPETITION:
The 4 Teams willbe engaged in a Short Film Competition to produce 4 high quality short films of between 10-15 minutes each, as their final projects. Each short film will addresscorruption in Nigeria from a different perspective. To foster a wider reach, all short films produced will undergo a voice over translation and subtitling into 4 native Nigerian languages: Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, and Pidgin English, and will be distributed across multiple platforms.
3. THE EVICTION SHOW
Twice each week at the Eviction Show, the Jury will evict finalists with least performances, leaving only the most outstanding finalists in the 4 teams to battle for the trophies at the 2018 Script to Screen Awards.
The finalists are engaged in an Intensive Hands-on Training in their chosen fields. Training includes theory and practical, and will hold as combined lectures as well as within individual teams with their mentors. From the first day of commencement the students are guided to write, shoot and direct their own films.
1. INTENSIVE TRAINING:
Voting lines will open for audiences Across Nigeria to vote for their favorite team and finalist to win.
5. THE GRAND FINALE & AWARDS:
Script to Screen Africa Filmmaking Reality TV Show 2018will come to a climax with a premiere of the Short Films by the six competing teams. Through a combination of collated audience votes as well as based on the Jury’s assessment, the most outstanding performances will be awarded. The award category includes:
⦁ Best Screenplay
⦁ Best Filmmaker
⦁ Best Actor
⦁ Overall Best Short Film (Team Award)
1. Best Screenplay N500,000 Screenplay Contract
2. Best Filmmaker N500,000 Film making Contract
3. Best Actor N500,000 Acting Contract
4. Overall Best Short Film N1,000,000 In Cash
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Sequel to the Script2Screen Africa Filmmaking Reality TV Show, High Definition film Studio will work with the finalists to produce a feature film. The film will feature a blend of the best of Nollywood filmmakers and actors as cast and crew, alongside the most outstanding finalists from the 2018 Script2Screen Africa Filmmaking Reality TV project.
Film is much more than simple entertainment; film has the capacity to change the world. Hence, we seek to raise a generation of filmmakers with an understanding that film is an ideal catalyst for change. Through a combination of quality training and mentorship, the vision of these trail blazers will shape thought-provoking Short & feature Films such as the African Film Industry is yet to experience. This is what HDFA seeks to achieve through her Script to Screen Africa Filmmaking Reality TV project, and we welcome you to be a part of this history making project.
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