A two-day capacity building workshop for filmmakers has taken place at the School of Media and Communication (SMC) of the Pan-Atlantic University. The workshop, which held at the Victoria Island campus of the University, was a collaborative effort between Project Act-Nollywood and the SMC’s Nollywood Studies Centre. It was aimed at filmmakers’ wishing to access the Project Act Film Production Fund grant and, as such, the participants consisted solely of those that had crossed the first stage in the application for the grant.

Two key sessions at the workshop were ‘The Filmmaker and the Business Plan’ and ‘The Filmmaker and Intellectual Property.’ The business plan session was led by Ms. Vivian Ani, the Managing Partner of Highnet Resources Ltd., who explained to the participants the components of a standard business plan for film. Using a highly interactive format, she gave the filmmakers a basic guide on how to develop a business plan as well as practical details on how to pitch their project to the right financier.

Mr. Ese Oraka, of Law Allianz, handled the session on intellectual property. He explained key aspects of entertainment law to the filmmakers as well as the legal aspects involved in the protection of their creative rights. And, in other sessions of the workshop, Dr. Muyiwa Aina explained the Project Act Nollywood business plan template to the filmmakers while Mr.Ahmed Kagara of Bank of Industry (BoI) took them through a step by step guide on how to apply for funds from BoI.

The filmmakers adjudged the two-day workshop to have been extremely useful.  The workshop will also be run in Kano and Abuja.

Project ACT-Nollywood is a programme aimed at accelerating the development of the Nigerian film industry through the provision of a grants scheme. Its budget of N3 billion is dedicated to addressing inhibitors to the growth of the industry. Thus, its funds are dedicated to technical capacity building, film production, and distribution. The project is managed by the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.