A second five-day workshop, marking the Phase 2 of Script Junction, will be holding in Nigeria during the 2015 Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) this November, following the successful completion of the first phase at the 2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival.
It is a well-known fact that one of Nollywood’s major problems is the paucity of good screenwriters. So, it was with delight that practitioners and the audience alike welcomed the launch of Script Junction, a programme designed to foster screenwriting partnership between the UK and Nigeria. The project; which is a partnership between the British Council, the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF), the National Film and Television School, NFTS, UK, and Nigeria’s National Film Institute (NFI); is aimed at writers who are early in their professional careers, working on scripts of any genre.
The 6 Nigerians chosen to participate in Script Junction returned to the country after successfully taking part in the programme’s first phase; which held on the sidelines of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, EIFF, in June 2015. The selected Nigerian writers are Kenneth Gyang (Confusion na Wa, Wetin Dey), C. J. Obasi (Ojuju, O-Town), Abiodun Kassim (Director of Stage Plays), Nicolette Ndigwe (Actor/Screenwriter), Pearl Osibu (Blogger/Writer) and Lanre Quadri (Author/Screenwriter). However, the inability of Quadri to obtain a visa led to his replacement by Emile Bee Garba, co-writer, Road to Yesterday/former scriptwriter/script editor plus creative consultant at Homevida.
Movie buffs are curiously waiting for these six individuals to make a difference and tell stories that will give more impetus to Nollywood and its aspirations rather than stories that have been told to death as is common in the industry today.
Script Junction, which runs from June to November, 2015, was envisioned to help six Nigerian and six UK screenwriters to further improve their skills and foster cultural exchange between the film industries in the UK and Nigeria. Script Junction is be led by Rob Ritchie, screenwriter and former Head of the Screenwriting Department at the National Film and Television School, NFTS. Other course tutors are Lorianne Hall from the UK and Ishaku Dashon Gumut from Nigeria. The trainings kicked off with a five-day workshop at the Edinburgh International Film Festival from June 19 through 23.
According to Variety.com, the UK writers selected; who are alumni of either the NFTS’s Master of Arts (MA) Screenwriting programmme or previous EIFF talent labs; are Shola Amoo, Maurice Caldera, Russell Davidson, Sam Firth, Matthew Jankes and Jennifer Majka.
Script Junction is part of the British Council’s U.K./Nigeria season of cultural collaboration, which takes place in 2015/2016 and will feature more than 30 projects and 80 events across the creative sectors, delivered in three major Nigerian cities: Lagos, Abuja and Calabar.
At AFRIFF, all 12 participa
nts will also pitch their projects to a panel of industry experts and get feedback on their work.
Pictures from Script Junction 1 at the Edinburgh International Film Festival: