Animated film: a franco-german cooperation
From September 25 to October 5, the Institut français du Nigeria, in partnership with the Goethe-Institute and supported by the Franco-German cultural fund, organised two workshops on animated film in Abuja (Ventures Park) and Lagos (Afrinolly).
The two workshops were facilitated by Samuel Weikopf, from Germany, and Sabine Hitier, from France. The nineteen selected participants (professionals, teachers and students) from Abuja, Lagos, Jos, had the opportunity to improve their technique and knowledge.
The two workshops were followed in Lagos, by a 2-day symposium at the Nigerian Film Corporation, which included a series of conferences led by animated film professionals and screenings of animated film.
We shall note the participation of :
directors of Nigerian animated film studios (Somto Ajuluchukwu – CEO of Vortex Studios International, Tayo Fasunon’s, Pamela Chidinma Mogekwu from Nicademia, Kolawole Olarewaju from Komotion studio, Toochuwu Ogdodu from VFIX);
a lawyer specialised in intellectual property rights and copyright (Sandra Oyewole partner at Olajide Oyewole) ;
several animator/artists (Eguvwe Yugbovwre a.k.a EMY, Muyiwa Kayode from USP Brands, organisers of the Lagos Animation Festival, Ayodele Elegba, Founder/Organiser of Lagos ComicCon, Adedoyin Ogundoyin, founder/convener of West Africa Gaming Expo, Mike Kayode, Chief Animator, Vortex Studios International);
Dr Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, the chief executive of NICO.
This project is part of the French Embassy’s strategy to support Nigerian animated film and to develop relationships with the booming Nigerian cinematographic scene.