Young Nigerians have the opportunity of learning the basics of Canon DSLR filmmaking techniques and photography, courtesy of the partnership initiated by famed camera maker, Canon and the 14th Abuja International Film Festival.

The partnership, which will sponsor a training workshop, is in conjunction with Canon Central and North Africa office. The workshop will enable 60 selected Nigerians receive the training in the fundamentals of cinematography and photography, starting from October 5 through 10 2017.

The Strategic Operations Professional of Canon, Katie Simmonds affirmed that the idea is covered under Project Maraisha Initiative, an expansion of Canon in Africa.

“The objective is to train groups of young Africans in the skills required for them to find sustainable employment or indeed to establish their own business,” said Simmonds.

Founder of the Abuja International Film Festival, Fidelis Duker, emphasized on the vision of the film festival, which according to him is, to build capacity in the creative sector in addition to acting as a facilitator and forum for economic empowerment of the stakeholders in the sector.

“There is no way majority of this applicants will ever remain the same after completing this training workshop as we are simply teaching them how to fish rather than giving them fish to eat. They will ultimately garner skills and also become self-sustaining creative entrepreneurs,” Fidelis said.

The festival will feature named movies such as: The IF Project, The Listeners, Class Divide, Fastball, and High School 911, aside the special feature of this year’s festival being Fashion Photography by trainees.

When the cinematography training is completed, five short films will be produced and broadcast and the photographs of trained persons in the photography class will be showcased during the festival.

The festival will also stage the American Film Showcase, which is hosting in its second year from October 9-13 2017 for the public to see.

The U.S. Embassy Abuja is expected to display modern American documentaries, which consist of new American society and culture, as perceived by individual film-makers. The broadcast will also include a Master-class to be supervised by American filmmakers.

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