The tension in the room was high as June 9 marked the last day of the Accelerate Filmmakers Project competition.
The competition had Nollywood veteran, Joke Silva, O.C. Ukeje, Niyi Akinmolayan, Seyi Babatope and Judith Audu as final judges.
Actor, O.C Ukeje inspired the participants, using experiences from his acting career.
Adeoye Omotayo also spoke to them about branding and marketing, telling the aspiring filmmakers to treat their film as though it were a product.
His hyper mood quickly affected the students, helping them to calm their nerves.
Then the pitching began.
Each participant was required to pitch their movie idea to the judges to win a fully funded sponsorship to make their short film, as well as a feature in the upcoming Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF).
The pitching saw the participants prepare their presentations, some using powerpoint slides, others notes, all displaying their seriousness in the filmmaking career.
After the judges had viewed all presentations, they were left to decide their top four. The last person was then selected based on who had the highest votes on Accelerate TV’s social media.
Meanwhile, Access Bank’s Head, Strategic Brand Management, Corporate Communications, Amaechi Okobi presented certificates to all the participants, noting how proud he was of their progress through the training period.
Then the winners were announced.
Priye Diri, Emmanuel Oiseomaye, Micheal Akinrogunde, Adenike Adebayo and Luke Oyovbaire won the Accelerate Filmmakers Project 1.0.
We picked the minds of the winners and here’s how they felt leading to the period they were called out as winners of the competition.
Priye Diri: My mind went blank.
Emmanuel Oiseomaye: I already had five winners in my head and I wasn’t one of them.
Micheal Akinrogunde: I forgot to breathe.
Adenike Adebayo: I was scared, I didn’t think that my name would be called.
Luke Oyovbaire: I waited for them to call my name again because I wasn’t sure it was me.
It was an incredible journey for the young filmmakers.