NEFT Vodka Nigeria has launched an impressive Short Film Competition called NEFT Emerging Film Talent International Short Film (NEFTi). They’re inviting aspiring filmmakers from all over Nigeria to display their talents on a worldwide platform. This competition offers an incredible chance for new filmmakers to get noticed, learn from experienced industry professionals, and have a shot at winning a $5,000 grand prize. There’s also an extra $2,000 available as the Audience Choice Award. The main goal here is to support and motivate young filmmakers, helping them bring their creative ideas to life on the big screen.
Folake Steaze Johnson, Head of Brands and Marketing at Enstore, the distributors of NEFT Vodka in Nigeria, shared her thoughts: “Our commitment to Nigeria has driven us to introduce the NEFTi Competition here. Nigeria boasts a wealth of emerging talent, particularly in the creative industry, and our goal is to provide them with a platform to shine on the global stage. NEFT Vodka is dedicated to nurturing emerging cinema talent, offering an exciting platform for these talented individuals.”
What sets the NEFTi competition apart is its dedication to nurturing talent beyond the cash prizes. Winners will have the priceless opportunity to be mentored by esteemed industry professionals, who will provide guidance and insights to further develop their skills.
Paul Robinson, Founder of NEFTi & CCO of NEFT Vodka, emphasized, “NEFTi is not just a competition; it’s an educational opportunity. It’s about helping filmmakers acquire skills they may not have had the chance to learn before. Our panel of judges includes stars like Vivica Fox, Ted Gagliano, Bruce Cohen, Mareetsi Gabang (Winner of NEFTi Africa 2023), and Femi Odugbemi (the Nigerian judge). The collective years of experience they bring to the table is invaluable for these filmmakers.”
If you’re a Nigerian filmmaker and want to join, go to www.nefticompetition.com. You have until Friday, September 22nd, 2023, to submit your film. The final showing of the films and the awards ceremony will be at the famous AFRIFF 2023 event in November 2023.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity!