MYKEL PARISH AJAERE IS A FILM MAKER AND PRESIDENT OF THE AFRICAN FILM CONSORTIUM.HE IS ALSO THE FOUNDER OF AFICAN FILM DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION,A NON GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION.
African Film Development Foundation was established in May 2012 inresponse to the need to promote ventures by Africans in the Film Industry; and support stakeholders and organizations that make the films. The motivation was spawned by the lack of accessible funding and resource structure that should help the African filmmaker realize true African stories from Africa’s perspective. It will be a convergence of education, skills and arenas to expose the talented, budding and seasoned Africans in the business of film.African Film Development Foundation through its project The African Film Consortium will also enable a global collection and exhibition of African films in all genres at events and special seasons to create dynamism for African film business by engaging various and diverse audiences throughout and beyond Africa.
Filmmaking has had some impact on Contemporary Africa’s Creative and Cultural Industries with its recent showing of talents and story resources base. Africa’s untold stories from pre-colonial till date may not have gained enough exposition, but are profoundly relevant in World Cinema history. This means Africa’s contemporary cultural ecology stands a chance of interesting the world, and creating its own cinematic impact. This is manifest in the story volume in Nigeria’s Nollywood and Ghana’s expanding filmmaking ventures, expertise and structure in South Africa, among other stirrings in Africa’s diverse creative and cultural ecology, herald a change in the African film industry.
a. The participating stakeholders from Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroun, Sierra Leon, Liberia, South Africa, Namibia, Morocco, Kenya, Ethiopia, Angola, Uganda and Zambia will bring their creative and cultural expressions in forms traditional and contemporary stories forms; and personal talents and capacities.
b. The African Film Consortium will mobilize and empower genuine potentials and capacities from the participant stakeholders in the listed countries.
c. The African Film Consortium will synergize potentials and capacities into more collective filmmaking projects for a powerful push of the African sentiment earlier stated.
2. Enable further enrichment of the potentials and capacities through research to meet global and evolving standards in the 21st Century.
3. Maintain a regime of filmmaking structures and activities to achieve and push products into distribution through the following: