Six years after he established the famous Benin Film Academy in collaboration with Igebinedon University, Okada in 2017, Lancelot Imasuen has recorded yet another milestone as the maiden edition of his newly founded travelling film festival better known as International Student Film Festival holds soon.
According to the founder and CEO,the festival will be hosted yearly on campuses within and outside the shores of Nigeria.
Interested students of film and theatre arts are advised to embrace and anticipate this exclusive festival design to celebrate them , they should submit their entries, whose length limit will not be more than 20 to 40 minutes for short films, and 45 minutes and above for full length for Feature Film respectively.and in all genre of filmmaking,
Lined up activities include film screening ,workshops and seminars by industry greats from within and outside the country as well as awards presentations, certificate of participation and deserving prizes to filmmakers during the film festival event.
Dr Charles Okwuowulu of Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo Ebonyi State, has been announced as the jury head . Other members include Dr Folakemi Ogungbe, a lecturer at National Film Institution, Jos, Richard Liloma (film lecturer/ filmmaker), Dr Finest Uwaoma Nwazue (filmlecturer/filmmaker), Sarah Nana Baawah Kuntoh of the University of Media Arts and communication, Nafti campus, Ghana, and Joseph Aketema,who’s also of University.
The likes of Prof Jude Akudonobi of University of California, Professor Emmanuel Emasealu, Professor Barclays F. Ayakoroma, Professor Osakue Stevenson-Omoera also have been appointed as members of the advisory board of the festival.
Explaining the idea behind the festival, the popular and multiple awards globally travelled film director said setting up ISFF is in line with his avowed passion for grooming and empowering the youths of this country.
For the ‘Gvnor’ as he’s fondly called by his colleagues and fans, setting up of ISFF will not only help to strengthen the capacity of the country’s film industry, but also, it will give emerging filmmakers a sense of belonging.
“The International student film festival is aimed to continue to impart the younger generation of interested filmmakers, It’s also in line with my avowed passion for youth empowerment and giving back to the society that made me who I am today,” the respected film director stated.
Dr Seyi Ogungbesan, Head of department Theatre and film studies department Igbinedon university Okada. will be the Chief host of the festival, the Vice Chancellor, of the institution, Prof Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye, PhD, FAS is the festival Grand patron.