INTRODUCTION

Film is big business, a reason thousands of talents are surging into the film industry across Africa. But film has the power to change the world.

 

In a time when our continent is overwhelmed with multiple social ills; poverty, corruption, injustice, inequality, lack of quality education, lack of power supply and insecurity, we seek to train filmmakers with a vision to tell stories that will tackle

some of the continent’s most pressing issues head-on, educate viewers and hopefully pique effective action once the screen’s glow diminishes.

 

Social justice filmmakers who understand that linking a powerful story with a highly developed activist campaign could move public opinion and start a revolution, and to make a film with such power to create change it has to be intentional.

 

We at High Definition Film Academy are out to be a part of the solution and our Script to Screen Africa project is

the arena where these new generation of Social Justice filmmakers will be forged.

Script to Screen is High Definition Film Academy’s yearly Four (4) weeks intensive Hands on Acting and filmmaking training, involving three stages: Training, Short Film Competition, and Awards. The participants are trained and then engaged in a competition to produce their own short films, and climaxes with a premiere of their short films and awards are given to the most outstanding students in each category. High Definition Film Academy has successfully organized this training for five consecutive years starting from its maiden edition in year 2011/2012.

 

Our 2017 edition tagged Script 2 Screen AFRICA is an upgraded and rebranded version of the previous editions. It is a REALITY TV Filmmaking project dedicated to raising Social Justice Filmmakers and will span for Eight (8) weeks in the Script to Screen Academy, and additional Twelve (12) months of mentorship for the selected most outstanding students.

It is more than just a training or Reality TV show, it is a MENTORSHIP journey for the filmmakers; the birth of a new generation and the beginning of revolution in filmmaking across Africa and the world at large.

ABOUT SCRIPT2SCREEN

THE PACKAGE

ENTRIES

Application forms are available online for Afri- cans across the continent as well as Africans in Diaspora to register for auditions into the 2017

Script to Screen Academy.

 

AUDITIONS

BOOTCAMP

Zonal auditions will hold across six regions in Nigeria, three African countries and also for Africans in Diaspora, to select an aggregate of One Hundred (100) intending students from the expected over Twenty Thousand (20,000) applicants. Zonal auditions in Nigeria will hold in Lagos, Abuja, PortH- acourt, Benin, Owerri and Enugu. Auditions will also hold in a few other African countries including Ghana, South Africa, and Kenya. For Africans in the Diaspora auditions will hold in US, UK and Canada.

Sequel to the zonal auditions, a three (3) days BOOT CAMP will hold in Lagos Nigeria to select the final sixty students that will be admitted into the

2017 Script to Screen Academy.

 

 

THE  ACADEMY

The Facilitators/Mentors

The Jury

Six Nollywood star Actors and Six trailblazing filmmakers are engaged as facilitators for the 2017 Script to Screen Acting and Filmmaking project. The A-list actors will facilitate courses in Acting for the acting students while the filmmakers will facilitate filmmaking related programs for the film making students.

Two veteran filmmakers and two veteran actors are engaged as members of the Jury that functions to supervise and counsel the teams through the project as well as preside as panel of judges to screen the students’ performances and projects

to select the most outstanding students for awards at the 2017 Script to Screen

Students Short Film Premiere & Awards.

Nse Ikpe Etim

Kalu Ikeagwu

OC Ukeje

Teco Benson

Bright Wonder

Blossom Chukwujekwu

The Team

The sixty (60) students are grouped into 6 TEAMS consisting of six actors and four filmmakers each, and each team headed by a combo of a star actor and a Filmmaker. These practicing A-list actors and Filmmakers will function not just as course facilitators but also as career mentors for the students in their team all through the period of the Academy as well as after the academy program for a period of at least twelve months.

Guests

Key stakeholders and Representatives from partnering social organizations shall visit the filmmakers at the academy at different times, to enlighten them on relevant social justice related issues, which

is a major part of this training project, as well as share with them true life events that could inspire stories for their short films at the end of the training.

THE  ACTIVITIES

2. SHORT FILM COMPETITION:

Following the four weeks training is another four weeks of practical pre-production, pro- duction, and post-production processes as the teams battle in a short film competition, tactically designed to immerse the students

in a competitive environment to optimize the learning process, thereby maximizing their potentials. Writers will write, Directors will direct, Cinematographers will photograph, and Editors will edit

 

 

3. THE EVICTION SHOW

The first short films by the teams will be produced during the fifth week of the academy and screened to audiences all over the world at the end of the week. The Jury shall evaluate and evict the team with least performance for the night. The same process will repeat for the Sixth week, evicting one more team, and leaving only four teams to battle for the trophies at the 2017 Script to Screen Awards. The four teams left have two weeks to produce a jaw breaking short film that will compete at the finals. Aside the team collaborative work, the participants will be evaluated on individual basis. The filmmakers will work on short videos while the actors will work on monologues. The

Jury shall evaluate and score individual performances with view to selecting the most outstanding students in both the filmmaking and acting category.

 

 

The students are engaged in an Intensive Hands-on Training in their chosen fields for a period of four weeks. Training in- cludes theory and practical, and will hold as combined lectures as well as within in- dividual teams with their mentors. From the first day of commencement the stu- dents are guided to write, shoot and direct their own films.

1. INTENSIVE TRAINING:

As the final four teams film their projects and the trailers published, the voting lines will open for audiences all over the world to vote for their favorite team to win. Voting will hold for the three stages of the short film competition to the final showdown.

4. VOTING

5. THE GRAND FINALE & AWARDS:

Script to Screen 2017 comes to a climax with a premiere of the Short Films by the six competing teams. Through a combination of collated audience votes as well as based on the Jury’s assessment, the most outstanding performances are awarded. The award category includes:

•  Best Screenplay

• Best Editing

• Best Cinematography

• Best Directing

• Best Actor in a Lead Role (Male)

• Best Actor in a Lead Role (Female)

• Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male)

• Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female)

• Academy’s choice award (Overall Best Student)

• Overall Best Short Film (Facilitators Award)

AWARD ENDORSEMENT

1. Best Screenplay • N500,000 Screenplay Contract

• 1 Year Full Scholarship to HDFA

2. Best Editing • N500,000 Editing Contract

• 1 Year Full Scholarship to HDFA

3. Best Cinematography • N500,000 Filmmaking Contract

• 1 Year Full Scholarship to HDFA

4. Best Directing • N500,000 Filmmaking Contract

• 1 Year Full Scholarship to HDFA

5. Best Lead Actor (male) • N500,000 Acting Contract

• 1 Year Full Scholarship to HDFA

6. Best Lead Actor (female) •  N500,000 Acting Contract

• 1 Year Full Scholarship to HDFA

7. Best Supporting Actor (Male) •  N200,000 Acting Contract

• 1 Year Full Scholarship to HDFA

8. Best Supporting Actor (Female) •  N200,000 Acting Contract

• 1 Year Full Scholarship to HDFA

9. Audience Choice Award •  N100,000 in cash

• 1 Year Full Scholarship to HDFA

10. Overall Best Short Film •  N1,000,000 In Cash

 

THE CHALLENGES

WIN A GOLD TICKET

A GOLD TICKET earns you a direct qualification into the 2017 Script2Screen Africa Filmmaking and Acting Reality TV project as one of the 60 Finalist; No registration, No auditions. To earn a gold ticket you must participate and win in one of the 2017 Script2Screen Africa CHALLENGE as described

 

MONOLOGUE CHALLENGE

1 MINUTE FILM CHALLENGE

STEPS:

1. Fill out the entry form online

2. Perform a Monologue (Not more than 60 seconds) on any of the Social Justice topics listed above

3. Send the video by email and your 5 X 7 photo to script2screenafrica@gmail.com

4. Upload the same video on Instagram and tag @script2screenafrica

5. We will repost your video on OUR INSTAGRAM PAGE

6. Get people to like your video on OUR PAGE

7. The top 10 Videos with the highest VIEWS will be selected and the JURY will chose a winner Entry Opens: Wed. May 17, 2017.

Entry Closes: Fri. May 26, 2017

Winner shall be announced on June 06, 2017 during the Script2Screen Africa 60 FINALISTS UNVEILING SHOW.

 

 

WIN:

• A GOLDEN TICKET into the 2017 Script2Screen Africa Reality TV project as a Finalist for Acting category

• No registration

• No Audition.

 

STEPS:

1. Fill out the entry form online

2. Perform a Monologue (Not more than 60 seconds) on any of the Social Justice topics listed above

3. Send the video by email and your 5 X 7 photo to script2screenafrica@gmail.com

4. Upload the same video on Instagram and tag @script2screenafrica

5. We will repost your video on OUR INSTAGRAM PAGE

6. Get people to like your video on OUR PAGE

7. The top 10 Videos with the highest VIEWS will be selected and the JURY will chose a winner

Entry Opens: Wed. May 17, 2017.

Entry Closes: Fri. May 26, 2017

Winner shall be announced on June 06, 2017 during the Script2Screen Africa 60 FINALISTS UNVEILING SHOW.

 

 

WIN:

• A GOLDEN TICKET into the 2017 Script2Screen Africa Reality TV project as a Finalist for Filmmaking Category

• No registration

• No Audition.

 

 

SCREENPLAY CHALLENGE

STEPS:

1. Write a screenplay (not more than 15 pages) on any of the Social Justice topics listed below

2. Send the properly formatted screenplay to script2screenafrica@gmail.com

3. The screenplays be published on facebook, with links on our Instagrampages

4. The Top 5 screenplays with the most likes, comments and recommendation will be selected and the Jury will pick the winner

Entry Opens: February 1, 2017.

Entry Closes: February 22, 2017

Winner shall be announced by 5pm Friday February 24, 2017.

 

WIN:

• A GOLDEN TICKET into the 2017 Script2Screen Africa Reality TV project as a Finalist in the Filmmaking category.

 

No registration

 

PLEASE NOTE:

Your approach to these topics is of great importance if you must win in this contest. We do not seek to make advocacy or didactic films, rather we’re interested in making films you encounter and feel like this is a really great story that happens to be about a social issue. Films that will tackle some of the continent’s most pressing issues head-on, winning critical praise and box office rewards. A piece of cinema, a piece of entertainment: great characters, engaging drama, brilliant structure, with a story that works. Films that seeks to educate viewers and hopefully pique effective action once the screen’s glow diminishes. No matter what the subject matter is, we want to make a great film.

That social issue for us may have been central, but for the audience we want it to be secondary.

 

SELECT SOCIAL JUSTICE TOPICS

Patriotism, Gender Equality & Girl Education, Rape, Child Abuse, Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), Corruption, Terrorism, Drug Abuse, Domestic Violence, Agriculture

Justice & Rule Of Law, Peace & Oneness, Women & Child Trafficking, Climate Change

Road Safety, HIV/AIDS& Tuberculosis, Cancer, Security

POST SCRIPT TO SCREEN

INTERNSHIP & MENTORSHIP

Sequel to the eight weeks script to screen project, the most outstanding students are admitted on full tu- ition scholarship for a 1 year Acting & Filmmaking program at High Definition Film Academy. During this period the students shall go through advance training in the craft as well as work as INTERNS on HDFA’s film projects. The academy shall also maintain a mentorship relationship between the students and their facilitators/career mentors within the 12 months period. This will mean the students working with and on their career mentor’s project or set for at least one movie project. The logistics for this pro- cess will be shouldered by the academy.

FILM  PROJECT

Sequel to a cumulative of fifteen short films produced by the six teams in the academy, the five most outstanding filmmaking students shall be commis- sioned to produce a short film each on social justice. This will take effect after a completion of the post Script to Screen mentorship with their mentors as super- vised by High Definition Film Academy, bringing the number to a total of TWEN- TY (20) short films to be produced in the course of the project. Also, during the

last quarter of the 12 months internship period, the now better equipped students shall join the Academy in the production of a feature length movie. The feature

film shall premiere at the 2018 Script to

Screen Africa Awards.

 

 

CONCLUSION

We have faith that the African Film Industry will set the pace for filmmaking around the world, not because of our past glories, but through the evolution of a generation of filmmakers who are about to be forged in the arena of sound professional film education with an understanding that film is an ideal catalyst for change.

 

Through a combination of quality training and mentorship, the vision of these trail blazers will shape twenty thought-provoking Short Films on social justice and a signature feature film such as the African Film Industry has never experienced.

 

This is what HDFA seeks to achieve through our 2017 Script to Screen Africa project, and we are very positive that this is also in the heart of the vision of your great organization, hence our humble request for your partnership.

 

 

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