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.