Tuesday, November 24, 2009

New York Film Academy holds training for Nigerian filmmakers

The New York Film Academy will be holding a two-month intensive training course scheduled to hold in Lagos and Abuja between January and February of 2010. The organisers of the event, Del-York International, said the training is a sure path at arriving at the prevalence of highly skilled filmmakers in the country.

Managing Director of Del-York International, Mr. Linus Idahosa, said the New York Film Academy is the best and most prestigious film making academy in the world.

According to Mr. Idahosa, the New York Film Academy is licensed by the Education Department of New York State and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Arts and Design (NASAD).

"This Academy stands out as the most preferred training ground by top Hollywood actors, actresses and directors such as Steven Spielberg; Susan Sarandon; and Kevin Kline. NASAD is the only accrediting body for visual art programmes recognised by the US Department of Education."

He also said the relevance of the media to the growth of a vibrant film industry is as close as the connection between indigenous human capital development and national economic advancement.

"The film industry is a cornerstone of the prosperity and growth of the world's leading economies. In the UK, the industry generates about £1.6 billion to the British Exchequer and employs 67,000 directly and a similar number indirectly. In the US, it generates a surplus of $9.5 billion from the global sale of American movies, aside from it employing over 1.3 million people."


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