When did African Student Film Festival begin?
The idea started while I was in Film School in Jos in 2008. I started making films in school. I love traveling and meeting new people. I made films sent it to film festivals and then got
to travel. People would then ask if we make films in Africa. That was when I decided to do something. I started the African Student Film Festival in 2012. The second edition held in
December 2014. For now, it will hold every two years till we get sponsors.
What were some challenges you faced on the way?
Getting across to film schools and institutions. We have few film schools but what we have are training grounds and foundations that train teenagers in film. Getting films was a challenge and getting across to the few film school was an issue. Venue for the festival was also a challenge.
How do you raise funds for the festival?
I do everything rom my pocket. Companies want to see the festival running first before they sponsor. I have partners such as Goethe Institut, Pan Atlantic university and Nolly Silver Screen.
What was your learning from the first edition?
Never depend on people because you will end up doing things yourself. Try and communicate more with everyone around you. Be open minded. Start on time.
What is your greatest achievement?
Starting the festival. It was just an idea but with encouragement and hard work, it became a reality. The first year we received 53 films.
Which countries participated in the first edition?
Kenya, South Africa, Cameroon and Nigeria.
Which countries participated in the second edition?
All the countries from the first edition participated in 2014. We also had new countries like Morocco and Egypt. And there was a film coming from Poland.
What new segments were introduced in the second edition?
Talents got to meet with the stars in an interactive session.
INTERVIEW: EBUNOLUWA MORDI
PHOTO: COURTESY OF ADAOBI OBIEGBOSI-AKANIHE
Read the full interview in December 2014/January 2015 edition of Nolly Silver Screen(Issue 11) here or click on the download button to download the magazine.