The New York Film Academy on Friday advised young Nigerians interested in film production to posses the required talent and professionalism to stay relevant globally.

The Academy’s Director of Performing Arts Admissions, Blake Babbitt, told newsmen in Lagos that he was in Nigeria to attract young Nigerians to the opportunities in his academy.

Babbitt said that the academy, which was founded by the producer of “The Hunt for the Red October”, Jerry Sherlock, in 1922, was ready to train many young Nigerians in different stages of film production.

Babbitt said: “The New York Film Academy is expanding its curriculum as well as its global presence with five established campuses and many destination programs worldwide.

“The founder of the Academy, Jerry Sherlock, designed the academy that was not only affordable, but more importantly, was founded on the principle of learning by doing.

“We are also in Nigeria to find and encourage more amazing young Nigerians interested in the different processes of film production.

“We strongly believe that these young Nigerians should be adequately equipped with storytelling, writing, producing, directing and editing skills.”

The director said that his organisation was prepared to admit young Nigerians into long and short term conservatory programmes and workshops that would professionally position them in film making.

Babbitt said that young Nigerians would have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of visual and performing arts programs that include film making, acting for film and 3D animation and visual effects.

He also said that the students would be exposed to broadcast journalism, cinematography, digital editing, documentary filmmaking, game design, graphic design, illustration, musical theatre, photography, producing and screenwriting.