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KAP Film and Television Academy graduates its first set of trainees

Kunle Afolayan Production (KAP) Film and Television Academy is set to graduate its first class of trainees and certified affiliates of the prestigious School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) at the University of Southern California (USC).

The KAP Academy, founded by award-winning filmmaker Kunle Afolayan, has executed the programme in post-production in collaboration with USC and content streaming giant, Netflix – the first in a series of training workshops in Africa.

The KAP Academy has announced that the event will be held on May 23, 2022, at the KAP Hub in Ikeja, Lagos, and will be chaired by cultural guru and distinguished scholar, Professor Duro Oni, with the Keynote address delivered by award-winning writer, producer/director, and photographer, Mr. Femi Odugbemi.

Former Director-General of the National Theatre, Prof Ahmed Yerima, and Chairman of the Audio-Visual Rights Society of Nigeria, Mr. Mahmoud Ali-Balogun, among others, are expected to attend the event.

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With the upcoming event, KAP is hopeful that the Nigerian film industry will see a turnaround with professionals who will take the industry to new heights.

According to the Academy, graduating students are film editors with prior experience who now have a global professional mindset.

The course which ran for 10 weeks had world-renowned facilitators like Douglas Blush, Stephen Flick, and Richard Burtonled from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.

The Academy has imparted to the trainees, the required knowledge and skills for the new forms of post-production techniques, including Picture Cropping, Editing, and Sound Design.

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According to Afolayan, “It has been amazing working with the Netflix team to produce dynamic Nigerian films. It will only get better now that we are partnering with Netflix and USC to train the newest crop of film post-production experts,” said.

“These editors and sound designers will go on to craft Nigerian stories on a world-class level.”

Speaking on the partnership, Allison Triegaardt, Netflix Grow Creative Manager for Africa says, “Africa is a hugely important region for Netflix, and as we grow the number of productions is important for African stories to be able to meet the growing demand for quality storytelling.

Our Grow Creative partnerships like the one with USC and KAP in Nigeria will help bridge the skills gap, upskill experienced crew and improve diversity head-on. This will also ensure an even stronger diversity of voices, stories, and points of view for our global audience.”

“For over 90 years, the USC School of Cinematic Arts has trained Hollywood’s top picture and sound editors,” says Rachel Gandin Mark, Director of International Programs for the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Our world-class and award-winning faculty, Douglas Blush, Stephen Flick, and Richard Burton, will now bring their expertise to help train the next generation of Nigerian cinematic storytellers, thanks to this exciting partnership with Netflix and Kunle Afolayan’s KAP Academy in Lagos.”

The USC School of Cinematic Arts is one of the world’s most prestigious schools for studying all aspects of the cinematic arts.

Notable alumni include; Hwang Dong-Hyuk creator of Squid game; Jon Chu director “Crazy, Rich Asians”; Shonda Rhimes, creator, and showrunner of “Grey’s Anatomy,”

“Scandal” and “Bridgerton,” Ryan Coogler, director of Black Panther; George Lucas, creator of “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” George Lucas,” and Ron Howard, director of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” Ron Howard.

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Olafare Oluwabukola
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