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Dotse emerges student short film category winner at AFRIFF


Young Nigerian, Edem Dotse, recently beat all other contestants to snatch the Best Student Short Film Category first position at the just concluded 2019 Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF), which held in Lagos. Deputy Business Director of Tecno West Africa, Chidi Okonkwo made the announcement to a delighted Dotse that her short film Linger clinched the coveted prize.

The festival was aimed at celebrating Sheroes and the smartphone brand was present throughout the festival, from the opening ceremony, to the masterclass and the closing award night. Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts’ documentary on a woman’s experience during war, For Sama, was chosen to open the ceremony.

Over 2,000 movies were submitted for AFRIFF, but only 150 movies were chosen for screening in the days that followed the Opening Ceremony and the fan-loving brand invited its loyal fans to see these movies. Simultaneously, there were different classes on filmmaking at the AFRIFF Campus situated at the Landmark Village.

Sponsored by Tecno, the mobile cinematography master class was taught by cinematographer and student, Nora Awolowo. She explained in details how much of a tool a mobile phone could be in shooting a film. Then she went into how a mobile phone can be used to shoot a film using the Camon 12 Air to demonstrate her points.Kiki Mordi also spoke on the elements of storytelling, letting the students know that everyone has a story to tell and emphasised on the fact that every story has an audience.

Industry veteran, Victor Okhai told the students that some captivating stories happen out of the blue and a handy smartphone camera will be the best tool to use in capturing such stories immediately. He also iterated that beginners would be able to start their career by telling excellent stories using a smartphone. In line with this, the brand will be telling more compelling stories in the future in collaboration with fresh student film makers using the magnificent cameras that come with its smartphones.

The students did not just learn the theory of mobile cinematography, but they also had practical classes on how to make films using their phones. In the end, one of them went home with a Camon 12 Air. Then came the closing ceremony, the event opened with a dance routine depicting the richness of the African culture, directed by Bolanle Austen Peters.


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