Florian Schott, 2nd from the right
The grand winner in the Short film category of the MTN Afrinolly competition Season 2, Florian Schott has revealed that winning the $25,000 prize money is a great opportunity in moving the Namibian film industry forward.
The ecstatic Namibian film maker stated this during the prize presentation and award ceremony of the competition, held at the MUSON centre, in Lagos, over the weekend.
“It’s amazing. I am more than excited coming tops in the MTN Afrinolly short film category. My success was based on the passion I put in; the extra effort I made in achieving this and a lot of movie enthusiasts that voted for my film. I am extremely grateful to MTN for the $25,000 prize money and award given to me; this will help in pushing the Namibian film industry further because, I will re-invest the money into film production in my country.” He declared.
Speaking in the same vein, the grand winner in the documentary category, Victor Okoye expressed his feelings. “It’s a great privilege to come on top in this competition and I say a very big thank you to God Almighty and MTN Nigeria for their continuous support in providing reliable platform for future stars to be discovered.” He stated.
While speaking at the event, the General Manager, Consumer Marketing, MTN Nigeria, Kola Oyeyemi, asserted that MTN will always love to develop every area where it operates. “Our core objective for sponsoring Afrinolly is to empower African youth to tell their own stories from their own perspective and eliminate financial barriers to movie production. We look forward to ultimately creating a new generation of content providers in the Africa movie industry”. He said
MTN Nigeria rewarded ten winners in the competition. Florian Schott won the first prize ($25,000) in the short film category with ‘Everything Happens for a Reason’, Daniel Etim Effiong won the second prize ($10,000) with ‘Your Cup of Tea’ while Gbenga Salu came third ($5,000) with ‘10:10’. In the documentary category, Victor Okoye won the first prize ($25,000) with ‘Creative Minds’, Ronke Ogunmakin’s Awele’s Diary came second winning $10,000, while Ng’endo Mukii came third ($5,000) with ‘Yellow Fever’. Other finalists in both categories received $500 each.
The MTN Afrinolly short film competition is a unique, innovative and youth-focused competition, with singular concentration on the next generation of African film makers. The competition is designed to expand the conversations on issues about the African continent by Africans and to motivate and reward young and emerging film makers who exhibit exceptional narrative skills using short movies and documentary as a medium.