The British Council Film Lab Africa Accelerator Program 2023 for emerging filmmakers and TV producers in Nigeria

The British Council Film Lab Africa Accelerator Program 2023

The British Council launched Film Lab Africa, a pioneering accelerator initiative designed to support aspiring filmmakers and TV producers in Nigeria. The curriculum has been precisely created to give an all-encompassing framework of support and growth opportunities, encouraging enhanced abilities, enriched knowledge, and extended networks, allowing participants to effectively present their creative output. Film Lab Africa will run for three years, beginning in September 2023, and will feature a multi-phase approach that delves into mobile phone cinematography, short film production, the intricate realm of film and TV industry entrepreneurship, script refinement, and invaluable opportunities for public presentation.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Aged between 18 to 35 years old
  • Reside in Nigeria
  • Completed Creative entrepreneurship module on the SoCreative E-learning platform. To access the platform, use this link – 
  • Possess a minimum of one credit to your name, with a script and production bible ready to go into development.

The program is open to emerging film makers that is between 18 – 35yrs old, resident in Nigeria and have a minimum of one credit in filmmaking & TV production.

Programme benefits 

  • Advanced proficiencies in mobile phone cinematography, short film production, and the intricate landscape of film and TV industry entrepreneurship.
  • Strengthened storytelling prowess through expert script consultations.
  • Realised short film creations, a testament to participants’ burgeoning talents.
  • Opportunity for filmmakers to present their work to a wider audience. Creating an avenue for premieres, tours, distribution, and active participation within acclaimed film festivals.
  • Networking opportunities amongst industry professionals, mentors, fellow participants, and potential collaborators, expanding their professional network.

Filmmakers become a part of a supportive community and interact with peers from diverse background, fostering cross-cultural understanding and collaboration.Elevate your filmmaker or TV production journey with Film Lab Africa, where innovation meets expertise and dreams are cultivated into compelling realities.

Programme roadmap

September 2023

  • Film Lab Africa Faculty members will be unveiled
  • Filmmakers Application Opens and close (Application period is 4weeks)
  • 60 Successful Filmmakers announced

October 2023
Capacity building Accelerator for Filmmakers

  • Data Stipend Allocation for Virtual Training
  • Accelerator – Ten weeks of Virtual Training for Emerging filmmakers
  • Script Consultations
  • Pre-production training sessions
  • Coaching and Mentoring by UK & Nigerian Industry Professionals
  • The Business of Film & Television

December 2023
Film production season

  • Production of short films of various categories
  • Award of grants to produce films
  • Post-production support

To be announced dates
Showcase Season

  • Film Festival Tours
  • Film Premiere in Nigeria, Africa & UK
  • Film Screenings
  • Marketing & Distribution
  • Post-Program Support

Film Lab Africa will unfold in phases over the ensuing three years, with subsequent cohorts joining in successive years.

Application Process

  • Fill out the online application form. For ease, download the application questions (found at the bottom of this page) and prepare your responses.
  • Provide details about your creative background and aspirations.
  • Shortlisted filmmakers will be contacted for further steps.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the British Council Film Lab Africa Accelerator Program


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