The Ikorodu Campus of the Lagos State Polytechnic was a bevy of activities today, October 17, 2016, as it plays host to the fourth edition of the internationally acclaimed students festival, the African Students Film Festival.
Tagged as ‘Change; Film As A Tool For Change In Africa’, this is the first time the Student festival will hold in a higher institution after the organizers of the event took the decision to stage it in institutions of learning upon completion of the 2015 edition.
Speaking during the event, the festival director, Adaobi Obiegbosi-Akanihe disclosed the importance for the festival stressing that it is important for the students to be self-reliant and become employers of labour after graduation.
“The festival was borne out of the need to create a platform to tell our generic story, to harness talent and also promote the culture of quality filmmaking particularly among emerging film students in Africa,” Adaobi said.
Adaobi added that “participants in this year’s edition of the festival were challenged to express their perception with the festival theme to resonate and re-emphasize the importance of the creative industry as a tool for reorientation.
Commenting on the theme of the festival, popular filmmaker, Fidelis Duker while delivering his keynote address revealed that the students can tap into the creative industry as several opportunities abound there. “There are a lot of ways students can make a living in the film industry and we need to change our perception to tap into that. The only industry that thrive during recession is the creative industry and it has a lot of potentials for societal growth.”
Duker added that “storytelling through film can be be a powerful medium to engage and influence the society and the decision makers. Through films, we can create the society we desire because the industry has a lot of potentials that can drive societal growth.”
Prior to the end of the event, short films submitted as entries by students from participating institutions such as the Lagos State Polytechnic, University of Lagos, Delta State University, and Nigerian Film Institute were screened. Consequently, the jury for the event will announce the winners of each category tomorrow, October 18, 2016.
The African Student Film Festival is an initiative borne out of deep thoughts for the future of the beautiful continent of Africa in order to promote and protect her cultural values.
The festival is an annual Pan-African festival targeted at discovering, encouraging and rewarding African young film makers and helping them get funds and grants. The festival has an intensive training and workshop on various film making techniques where participants can learn from facilitators what will make them masters of their own.