Filmmaker Andy Jones of Newcastle-based collective Screenstation sends us this report on his recent visit to the iREP Festival in Nigeria:
"I’m just back from the iREP Festival in Lagos where my documentary I SHOT BI KIDUDE was one of 50 films selected as part of the festival programme which focused on CHANGE - Documentary Film as Agent Provocateur! Now in its sixth year, iREP has a growing reputation as one of the foremost Documentary festivals in Africa, bringing together people from all over the continent, and the wider world.
“Alongside the screening, I was involved in a workshop, supported by the British Council aimed at developing projects with young documentary film-makers from Lagos. With support from UKTI I’m hoping to be back in Nigeria in the coming few months to continue to develop projects there.”
The iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival was initiated with the objective of promoting independent documentary filmmaking in Nigeria and on the continent of Africa. The Festival emphasises training and skills development for young, aspiring and practising filmmakers in Nigeria, especially for those with flair for Documentary films. The annual iREP Film Festival is conceived as a celebration of the best works in the world of documentary films while providing an intense learning environment for young and aspiring filmmakers.
iREP is conceptualized also to create a platform of awareness and expression for filmmakers who are creating socially relevant films. The festival features hands-on training and skills development workshops facilitated by an array of the most experienced practitioners in the field of documentary film making across Africa.
I SHOT BI KIDUDE will be screened with a director Q&A at Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle on 07 April. Read more here.
Image above shows Andy Jones with iREP participants at Afrinolly Training Centre, Lagos. Those pictured in the story preview are (left to right): Femi Odugbemi (iREP Director), Andy Jones and Fusi Olateru-Olagbegi (British Council Arts, Lagos).