“The Internet and Nigeria” Category endowed by the Centenary Film Project (Supported by Google).
The Centenary Film Project is a joint initiative by the Nigeria Integrity Film Awards (HomeVida) and the School of Media and Communication, Pan-Atlantic University. Its aim is to contribute towards the task of protecting and safeguarding our national heritage by using technology to archive the history of film in and from Nigeria while promoting the development of films that incorporate social, cultural and national values. The project is based on the firm belief that such an initiative will help to foster national pride and promote a shared vision of the country’s future through film.
As part of its strategy, the Centenary Film Project is endowing Prizes in “The Internet and Nigeria” category. The category includes three sub-categories and these are:
- Rights/Freedoms + Safety + Security
- Reputation management
- Economic/social impact
The endowment is aimed at choosing one winning script in each sub-category that inculcates some of the values that the Centenary project promotes. Thereafter, the winning short scripts shall be turned into movies and a winning movie selected from the three films produced. The competition is open to script writers between the ages of 16 to 30 years of age.
The criteria for the winning script in each sub-category is as follows:
- Rights/Freedoms + Safety + Security (Cybercrime, CyberSecurity, Digital Rights and Freedoms): A story that subtly but clearly demonstrates how online safety can be improved and various risks significantly reduced through life skills as well as deliberate controls and collaborations available both online and offline. The story shall relate to Online safety (Child safety); thus depicting the shared responsibility of protecting children online through various means including good parenting, easy to use effective safety tools, digital literacy, teaching good judgment, self-regulation.
- Reputation (shifting perceptions online through historical accounts that connect to present day realities):A story that creatively and constructively captures positive events/accounts from Nigeria’s history with an emphasis on how those accounts contribute to shifting Nigeria’s online perception from a corrupt, internet scamming nation to a social and culturally rich one.
- Economic/social impact (breaking/expanding historical/traditional boundaries through internet):A story that demonstrates through a well-conceived, gripping story how people are using or could use the Internet to break [negative] or expand [positive] historical and traditional boundaries and, in the process, bring about economic and social change.
To Be Eligible All Submitted Scripts Must Be:
[a] Able to fit into a 10-15 minutes short film. Scripts should be no more than 15 pages in length.
[b] Have well defined characters and plot.
[c] Typed and presented professionally in Microsoft Word, PDF, or any screenwriting software format. Follow the link to see what a sample script looks like Sample
To Enter A Script
[a] Complete an application form online
[b] Attach a synopsis, a brief bio and a copy of your script.
Source : HOMEVIDA, June 2nd, 2015