The Africa Film Academy (AFA) in partnership will the Imo State Government is set to train young men and women who desire a career in the motion picture industry from the state.

The three-week intensive programme which will have masterclasses will commence from April 25 to May 10, 2017 in Owerri and will feature leading professionals in the Nigerian film industry such as Segun Arinze, Paul Obazele and Tony Anih as resource persons.

At the end of the training which will include scriptwriting, photography, editing, acting, cinematography, sound and lighting, the students are expected to produce short films that will give practical expression to what they will learn during the programme.

AFA founder, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, said in a press statement on Wednesday that the training is essentially to introduce prospective filmmakers to how they can start a career in the film industry and technical production and open them to the possibilities that exist.

“At the end of it we expect participating students to take their interest to the next level through further education in higher institutions and other institutes where they can acquire more and in-depth knowledge,” Ms Anyiam-Osigwe said.

“We want to say that the Imo State Government has been enough to sponsor 100 students apart from providing venue and other logistics for the training and this is because of the interest of Governor Rochas Okorocha to empower the youths and create job opportunities for them.

“Diamond Bank as part of its CSR initiative is also sponsoring 10 students to the training while Africa Magic is also a strategic partner to make this a very successful one.”

Anyiam-Osigwe revealed that AFA in the last 10 years has trained over 10,000 youths across Africa and seeks more corporate and government support to achieve its target of 20,000 in the next five years.