Nigerian film industry veteran Tunde Kelani has been on an extended visit to Haiti, where he is teaching aspiring young Haitian filmmakers the fundamentals of successful low budget film production. Since 2008, Kelani has been actively engaged in advising the Caribbean nation on how to build a sustainable local video film industry modeled after the successes of Nigeria’s own booming industry. During the course of his two week stay in Haiti, his second voyage there in the past year, Kelani held multiple screenings and discussions, taught a six day intensive training workshop for young producers, led strategic planning sessions and chaired a multi day public comparative forum and development seminar around Nigerian and Haitian production models. Hosted by Ciné Institute of Jacmel, Haiti’s only film school, the visit was widely considered a great success, drawing enthusiastic response from participants.
Tunde’s work in Haiti was sponsored by David Belle, founder of Haiti’s Ciné Institute. “Tunde’s unparalleled experience and talent has been influential since our inception, teaching and inspiring us all – students and program administrators alike,” said Belle. “We are extremely grateful to have his ongoing guidance and support in our quest to create both jobs and entertainment through much needed growth a local industry here.”
“There is so much talent, goodwill and cultural wealth in Haiti,” says Mr Kelani. “I see very real opportunity to use film as a vehicle for economic improvement in the lives of Haitian youth. And, unlike so much of the Nigerian Industry, these young filmmakers are actually receiving a strong film education and training foundation. They will be well prepared to bring this dream to life.”
A co-production of a feature film between the Ciné Institute and Mr Kelani and Nigeria associates is currently in development.
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