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Peace Anyiam-Osigwe is the founder of the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), which is run through the African Film Academy. In this exclusive interview with ZEBULON AGOMUO, Editor, she said that beyond the yearly glamorous award events organised by AMAA, it does a lot of trainings for old and young practitioners across Africa. She also spoke on the huge opportunity waiting to be tapped in the film industry; why governments at all levels must show more interest in the creative industry, among other issues in the sector. Excerpts:
Could you please speak briefly about the activities of AMAA beyond the glamourous awards that hold every year? Are there some other engagements and roles that AMAA undertakes or plays (as the case may be), and how involved is it in the development of film industry in Nigeria, nay, Africa?
AMAA is 15 years this year. It was set up to celebrate film makers in Africa and also train people across Africa. AMAA has been training for the past 14 years. We came up with three weeks’ intensive programme which is not just training in films but also the antecedents of films – everything that has to do with films. About 10 days of in-house training, which includes you actually listening to workshops; you actually coming up with your scripts, and learning the basic rudiments and you guys forming your little groups afterwards. You then shoot a short film or you practise what you have learnt in the training. So, across Africa over the past 14 years, we have done training for approximately ten thousand (10,000) students. Last year, we were in Rwanda; we worked with the film school of Cuba; we trained about 100 film makers in documentary which is very important for Rwanda because … Read More...