A lecturer with the National Film Institute, Jos, Mr Shima LOSUN Stephen has emerged the Winner of the “BEST ANIMATION” category of the prestigious AMAA Awards for the year 2019.
Mr Shima’s film”CHOICES” competed with other animation entries from across Africa and was adjudged the Best by the Festival’s jurists after a keen contest.
“CHOICES” tells the story of two young ladies who were faced with important decisions they had to make in order to achieve their desires and the consequences they each lived with. It shows that the end does not always justify the means.
Before now, the “CHOICES” project has attracted attention from within and outside Africa. To cite an instance, the project got the attention of the Goethe Institute and the Institute Francaise on the platform of the “Women Superheroes.”
Also, earlier in 2019, Losun’s “CHOICES” was premiered at the 2019 Silicon Valley’s African Film Festival in the United States of America.
It has also gotten reviews amongst the circles of animation film critics and writers and is considered to have raised the bar of animation film making in Nigeria and of course Africa.
It is expected that with the 2019 AMAA Award, Shima’s Film “CHOICES” will win more laurels to the young man who said hard work and more hard work is the driving force for his success. He said he dedicates the Award to his family, colleagues and friends for their support.
It is worthy of note that Mr Shima is the leading lecturer in film animation at Nigeria’s premier film school, the National Film Institute, Jos. His approaches to teaching the course has been described by his colleagues and students as intensely practical. He has guided students of the Institute to several animation workshops and projects in Nigeria wherein the NFI students have proven their mettle as products of the leading film school in Nigeria.
The NFI was established some 25 years ago to provide training and build manpower capacity for Nigeria’s motion picture industry. With the current expansion of academic activities ongoing at the Institute to meet current demands and challenges, it is expected that the NFI will continue to take its prideful place in motion picture industry in Nigeria.
The Nigerian Film Corporation/National Film Institute, Jos and the University of Jos Tuesday, October 22, 2019 officially announced the commencement of the newly introduced Master Degree Programme in Film Culture & Archival Studies. The Also, newly admitted students into the Bachelors Degree Programme in Film Arts of the National Film Institute have had their matriculation, same day.
The two events which ran back to back was attended by distinguished personalities and representatives of the sponsoring partners of the Master Pregramme, parents, guardians and principal offers of the University of Jos and the Nigerian Film Corporation/National Film Institute. Others included traditional leaders, members of the public.
Professor Sebastian Maimako Vice Chancellor, University of Jos; and Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, Managing Director/Chief Executive, Nigerian Film Corporation, were represented by Prof. Tanko Ishaya _Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics and Mr, Edmund Peters, Head, Production and Industry Services Department, respectively.
All events took place at the permanent site of the National Film Institute, Nukpis-Lamingo, Beside JUTH, Jos in Plateau State.
National Film Institute (NFI) located in Jos, Plateau State, will on Tuesday October 22, 2019 matriculate 167 of its students for the First Degree and Diploma Certificates in Film Arts. (2018/2019 Academic Seesion).
A breakdown of the number of students for the matriculation shows that 46 have been admitted to undertake the first degree programme in Film Arts through the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination UTME; 27 through the direct entry mode the first degree programme in Film Arts and 88 for the Diploma Programme.
The matriculation ceremony, which will be preceded by the World Press Conference on the commencement of the Master Degree Programme in Film Culture & Archival Studies, to be jointly addressed by Professor Sebastian Maimako Vice Chancellor, University of Jos; and Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, Managing Director/Chief Executive, Nigerian Film Corporation, who also doubles as the Chairman, Governing Council of the National Film Institute, takes place 9.00am, at the Institute’s permanent site, Nupkis – Lamingo, Beside JUTH, Jos.
The Institute is equipped to provide training of the highly specialized manpower needs of the film industry. The philosophy of the National Film Institute is to provide a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary programmes for educational and manpower development, taking into consideration, the socio-cultural conditions and the unique educational needs within its immediate catchment areas, and Nigeria as a whole.
The NFI undertakes a Two -Year Diploma Programme, Four-Year Degree Programme (UTME), Three-Year Degree Programme (Direct Entry) in Film Arts, and a Two Year Master of Arts Degree Programme in Film Culture & Archival Studies (Jointly undertaken by NFC/NFI & Unijos, etc.)