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KAP Academy graduates its first batch of film trainees.

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Ten students have graduated from the Kunle Afolayan Production (KAP) Film and Television Academy after a ten-week intensive training in post-production techniques.

KAP Academy graduates its first batch of film trainees.

KAP Academy graduates its first batch of film trainees.

The diploma program is a collaboration between the University of Southern California’s (USC) School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) and the global streaming platform Netflix to impart knowledge to young filmmakers and, as a result, improve the overall production quality of films from the local film industry.

Toye Peter, Passion, Todumu Adegoke, Adesuwa Omon, Ugbede Peter, Oyinbra Fegha, Emeka Egbueui, Unyime Patrick, Temitope Folarin, and Candace John-Jumbo received post-production editing diplomas (Picture Cropping, Editing and Sound Design).

Tuition-free, the entire course module was estimated to cost N500,000.

The KAP-USC program, which focuses on post-production, is the brainchild of widely acclaimed filmmaker Kunle Afolayan and is one of two training programs planned for rollout this year by KAP.

He went on to explain that the scheme is an owed responsibility to the next generation of filmmakers; he is passing the torch to them to replicate greatness in filmmaking beyond what has been accomplished thus far.

The program is the successor to his previous venture to educate filmmakers using the internet: Film Masterclass with Kunle Afolayan, a three-year-old web series masterclass.

“I hate to say that there was no structure; there was a structure. But you cannot compare it to structures in other places around the world,” Afolayan said as he recalled enrolling in one of Tunde Kelani’s film classes years back in Abeokuta.

“Despite not having those structures from other places, we are still able to do stuff. Our films are now going international. One of the reasons why I thought it was necessary to start a training programme was so that we can impact and build a new generation of filmmakers in our little way.

“A lot of people can’t afford these courses, but thank God for technology, it is changing how things are done,” he concluded.


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The keynote address, delivered by award-winning writer and producer Femi Odugbemi, emphasized the importance of institutional training for the film industry’s long-term viability.

“Just a decade ago, there were less than 10 training programmes available in the country, today, there are dozens,” Odugbemi noted.

“So there is general agreement that the quality of the product needs to improve and that the opportunities of international exposure and distribution will come only with a certain commitment to global best practices and technical quality and artistic exploration.”

Despite these developments, he cautioned that in order for such programs to be more fruitful, film professionals must be willing to “esteem the learning experience as critical, not just in the economic world, but to their personal growth as artists and storytellers.”

Several Nollywood filmmakers and creatives attended the convocation ceremony, which took place at the KAP Hub in Ikeja, Lagos.

Among the notable individuals are veteran filmmaker Tunde Kelani, filmmaker Mr Mahmood Ali-Balogun, Joke Silva, Professor Duro Oni, Executive Director, Urban Vision Limited, Tola Odunsi, and comedian Babatunde Adewale, among others.

Dough Blush, Stephen Flick, and Richard Burton facilitated the first edition of the KAP-USC program.

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