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British-Nigerian filmmaker, Temi Oluokun Leads All-Female Ensemble

As part of the creative exchange experience between Nigeria and the United Kingdom at the ongoing Film Lab Africa project, British Nigerian Filmmaker, Temi Oluokun, has led an all-female cast ensemble of African descent in her microfilm production titled ‘Driftwood’.

Oluokun, who was part of the Film Lab Africa 10-week learning program, is one of the top 20 grant winners funded by the British Council initiative.

She noted that her filmmaking journey and the impact of Film Lab Africa in fostering collaboration and learning from the experiences of other creatives working on the project inspired her to bring this story to life. According to her, ‘Driftwood’ was shot in Sussex and London, United Kingdom.

Other microfilm grant winners at Film Lab Africa have also successfully shot their microfilms as part of the production process. So far, the 20 grant winners have received financial support, mentorship from industry professionals, access to production facilities, and networking opportunities to help them realize their film projects.

The microfilms producers were in production from May 22 to 31, 2024 across four locations in Nigeria- Lagos, Oyo, Uyo, and Port Harcourt, with an international production in the United Kingdom.

Also, Gafar Amoo, a Nigerian filmmaker and the producer of ‘A Journey To Iyake Suspended Lake’, a mystical piece shot in Iyake Suspended Lake, Ado-Awaye, Oyo State, shared the challenge of having to film on top of a mountain that requires climbing a stairway of about 400 steps to the top.

“For Amoo, filming at that height posed an incredible logistical challenge which he overcame due to the knowledge gained during the Film lab training and the determination of his team.

In her remarks to the press, the British Council Head of Arts Nigeria & SSA Lead on Creative Economy, Brenda Fashugba, said: “We are confident that these filmmakers will produce thought-provoking, engaging, and visually stunning films that will resonate with audiences around the world and that their stories have the power to inspire, educate, and entertain, and we are proud to support them in their creative endeavours to showcase the finished films at festivals, screenings, and other cultural events.”

From compelling narratives to groundbreaking documentaries, the selected filmmakers are poised to make a significant impact on the world of cinema after successfully participating as the first cohort of this awesome British Council Film Lab Africa opportunity for creative entrepreneurs.

Film Lab Africa is a program run by delivery partners Afrowren Productions Nigeria and Darimedia Distributions Ltd United Kingdom.

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