Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech) is set to start offering courses in film production, the aim is to foster the development of movie production in Nigeria.
With a vision to bridge the skill gaps in the Nigerian film industry, Yabatech Film Academy, is set to admit students as from January 2016.
An initiative of veteran film director, Abay Esho and his partner, Kingsley Omoefe.
Yabatech Film Academy is borne out of a partnership between Yabatech Consult, an enterprise of Yaba College of Technology and a Lagos-based production company, Crest Entertainment.
According to Abay Esho, a consultant to YFA, the academy will be situated in the premises of Yaba College of Technology and will give opportunities to the young ones to access quality hands-on training in the areas of Acting for Screen, Directing, Editing, Film Production and Marketing, and Cinematography, while students will graduate with a professional Diploma certificate after six months.
Yabatech Film Academy boasts of state of the art equipment such as RED, Arri, Blackmagic, Canon, and Sony high definition cameras. All these will be made available to complement the academy’s dream of raising excellent filmmakers.
“In this industry where professionalism cannot be discarded, there comes a need for the young ones to be grounded practically and theoretically in different areas of film-making. YFA is positioned to meet that need and expose students to what it takes,” Esho said.
He stated further: “Our curriculum is fashioned after the best film schools and we have scholars and practitioners to train students and the best student each session has the opportunity of a scholarship to study for a degree course abroad. Since the industry is the second highest employer of labour, there is a need for training of entrants and that is what Yabatech Film Academy stands for.”
An experienced film director, Abay Esho has directed many productions including Dear Mother, Everyday People, Eve, and Oasis among others.
As said earlier, this is a six months course, after completion, students would be awarded a Professional Diploma certificate.