Film Lab Africa is a pioneering accelerator initiative launched by the British Council, tailored to empower emerging filmmakers and TV producers in Nigeria. Our programme is meticulously designed to provide an all-encompassing framework of support and avenues for growth, fostering enhanced skills, enriched knowledge, and expanded networks, enabling participants to showcase their creative productions effectively. Scheduled to kick-off in September 2023, Film Lab Africa will span three dynamic years, characterized by a multi-phase approach that delves into mobile phone cinematography, short film production, the intricate realm of film and TV industry entrepreneurship, script refinement, and invaluable opportunities for public presentation.

Programme roadmap

September 2023

  • Film Lab Africa Faculty members will be unveiled
  • Filmmakers Application Opens and close (Application period is 4weeks)
  • 60 Successful Filmmakers announced

October 2023
Capacity building Accelerator for Filmmakers

  • Data Stipend Allocation for Virtual Training
  • Accelerator – Ten weeks of Virtual Training for Emerging filmmakers
  • Script Consultations
  • Pre-production training sessions
  • Coaching and Mentoring by UK & Nigerian Industry Professionals
  • The Business of Film & Television

December 2023
Film production season

  • Production of short films of various categories
  • Award of grants to produce films
  • Post-production support

To be announced dates
Showcase Season

  • Film Festival Tours
  • Film Premiere in Nigeria, Africa & UK
  • Film Screenings
  • Marketing & Distribution
  • Post-Program Support

Film Lab Africa will unfold in phases over the ensuing three years, with subsequent cohorts joining in successive years.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Aged between 18 to 35 years old
  • Reside in Nigeria
  • Completed Creative entrepreneurship module on the SoCreative E-learning platform. To access the platform, use this link – 
  • Possess a minimum of one credit to your name, with a script and production bible ready to go into development.

Application Process

  • Fill out the online application form. For ease, download the application questions (found at the bottom of this page) and prepare your responses.
  • Provide details about your creative background and aspirations.
  • Shortlisted filmmakers will be contacted for further steps.

Application is open for 4 weeks.

Programme benefits

  • Advanced proficiencies in mobile phone cinematography, short film production, and the intricate landscape of film and TV industry entrepreneurship.
  • Strengthened storytelling prowess through expert script consultations.
  • Realised short film creations, a testament to participants’ burgeoning talents.
  • Opportunity for filmmakers to present their work to a wider audience. Creating an avenue for premieres, tours, distribution, and active participation within acclaimed film festivals.
  • Networking opportunities amongst industry professionals, mentors, fellow participants, and potential collaborators, expanding their professional network.