This Summer, The prestigious New York film academy will be live in Lagos!

On the 8th of August 2011, 60 (sixty) of Hollywood’s top filmmakers and tutors from the Los Angeles and New York campuses of the most prestigious filmmaking academy in the world, the New York Film Academy (NYFA), will arrive in Lagos to instruct 1,000 students in an intensive four-week training workshop. The event will mark the second annual edition of a five-year collaboration between NYFA and Del-York International, a leading media and communications company that is committed to transforming Nigeria’s creative industries by delivering world-class media consultancy and capacity-building services. The courses to be offered include:

· Filmmaking
· Broadcast Journalism
· Cinematography
· Editing
· Screenwriting
· Directing
· Acting
· Costume & Make-up
· 3-D animation
· Photography
· Set Design
· Music Video Production
· Graphics & Special Effects
· Producing
· Filming in Nigeria (module)

“The face of filmmaking in Africa has begun taking shape rapidly. Thus, the need for aspiring filmmakers to be better equipped with the knowledge of telling the African story beautifully is imperative,” says Del-York International Managing Director/CEO, Linus Idahosa. “This four-week training program will provide students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience that will enable them to efficiently create strong films, sophisticated enough for international distribution.”

The inaugural training program was held in March 2010, when Del-York International and NYFA successfully hosted and trained 400 African students in Abuja. Recognizing the program’s cultural and economic importance, the Rivers State Government and the Niger Delta Development Commission sponsored 120 and 250 students respectively.

"Having worked on the crew of some of the top TV shows in Nigeria, my expectations were very high when I decided to undertake this program. However, the quality of knowledge impacted into me surpassed my wildest imagination,” says Deji Ajose-Ojikutu, Producer of Celebrity Takes 2 and Del-York/NYFA Training Program 2010 graduate.
The training program seeks to inspire future visual storytellers to use the African film industry to increase a better understanding of African culture globally. In addition, it aims to develop a wider, non-African audience for our cinema by expanding the opportunities for hands-on training and film distribution internationally.

Online application entries for the Del-York/NYFA training program will close on 18 July 2011 at 5pm (GMT+1). Scholarship applications will close on 4 July 2011 at 5pm (GMT+1). Please visit www.delyorkinternational.com for further information.

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