The Film Festival Victory Entertainment is a countdown event taking place before the main Film Festival. This event begins each day, meant to create godly entertainment for our global audience with creative ideas finding ways to prepare the mind and heart of the audience for the event coming up for that day and beyond. For this year 2022, we had several ministers featuring engaging and uplifting entertainment to begin each day.
Highlights of the Film Festival
MZIAIF Christian Film Festival shall feature exciting, fun-filled and impactful sessions such as:
- Victory Entertainment
- Faith & Family Film Interchange (F3 Interchange)
- Impact Messages
- Distribution Networking
- VOD Highlights
- Film Screenings
- Global Awards
1.THE WORKSHOP SESSIONS
The film festival features 12 workshop sessions focusing on high-interest areas needed for film makers at any level of growth. These workshops are taught by seasoned and experienced experts in the chosen areas of engagement and exploration. Each day of the festival features four concurrent rooms of workshops. Attendees had the opportunity to choose which workshop they would love to attend. The film festival official NAVIGATOR guide and schedule of event provided details on how to join the workshops.
Core Workshop Sessions:
- Understanding Digital Distribution of Gospel Films.
- Keeping Healthy as Film Makers.
- Making the Best of Collaboration in Filmmaking.
- Best Practices in Faith-Based Film Cinematography & Directing.
- Marketing & Creating Visibility for your Film Projects.
- Growing Faith Based Children Media Content.
- The Wisdom of Storytelling – Script Writing & Screenplay.
- Low Budget Movie – Taking an Advantage of Smart Phones Movie Making.
- Global Film & Drama Mission Outreach.
- The Power of Film Localization (Cultural & Language Diversity in Film Outreach)
- Understanding the Impact of Music Scoring in Faith Based Movies.
- Writing & Producing Movies for TV – The Power of TV Series.
- WS1 – Understanding Digital Distribution of Gospel Films.
Workshop Managers – Remi Kenny-Onasanya & Adeola Toriola
This workshop delves into the core of digital distribution platforms that are available to film makers especially in the face of the fast-eroding DVD platforms and the rapid overtake by cloud services and video on-demand (VOD) entertainment. In this workshop session, faith-based film makers are taught to take advantage of the digital world to offset declines in the once-lucrative DVD distribution platforms. Experienced and seasoned lead facilitators alongside co-facilitators from one of the major MZIAIF continental regional will be presenting, thereby, making highly informative presentations on how to distribute Gospel films digitally. Participants are allowed a good time for questions and answers.
- Stephen Briggs (US)
Co-facilitators from MZIAIF EUROPE REGION
- Olayinka Adebowale (Ireland)
Quincy Kwende (Luxembourg)
- WS2 – Keeping Healthy as Film Makers.
Workshop Manager – Bunmi Akinpelu
This workshop examines the critical need for faith-based film maker to look over their health and keep healthy. KEEPING HEALTHY AS FILM MAKERS was put together by seasoned health care practitioners under the guidance of the Holy Spirit at such a time as this. Our various societies are increasingly facing issues that challenge our ability to make healthy choices. This workshop is both informational and a call to make healthy choices especially as busy Christian film makers. It looks at the tripartite man (spirit, soul, and body) and focuses on how the film maker can live a healthy life spiritually, physically, and mentally.
- Tokunbo Jarrett (USA)
- Rex Nwakamma (USA)
Co-Facilitators from MZIAIF HEALTH DEPARTMENT
- Dare Jeremiah (Australia)
- Kehinde Adebayo (Nigeria)
WS3 – Making the Best of Collaboration in Filmmaking. (Joint Session)
Workshop Managers – Femi Obisesan (UK) & Nwogu Nwadinma Favour (Nigeria)
This workshop focuses on the dynamics, the logistics, the requirements and benefits of collaboration on several dimensions. This workshop demonstrates the need for partnership and collaboration on certain projects that just cannot be done alone. Collaboration is essential in filmmaking. It fosters efficiency and quality work. No one can make full proof of his ministry in isolation. “To work alone is to die alone, many hands make a large work.”
- Wole Adeyi (US)
- Babatunde Oreniyi (Nig)
Co-Facilitators from MZIAIF AUSTRALIA-ASIA REGION
WS4 – Best Practices in Faith-Based Film CINEMATOGRAPHY & DIRECTING.
Workshop Managers – Bamidele Ola (Hong Kong)
Understanding the role of a director and cinematographer is a knowledge that should be critical to any one who is determined to make a film either shorts of long feature length.
The workshop will also answer questions such as
Who is a director? Who is a cinematographer?
What is the role of a director or cinematographer?
How does the director or cinematographer perform their task?
- Victor Olukoju (Nigeria)
Co-Facilitators from MZIAIF AFRICA MIDDLE EAST REGION
- Isaac Femi Akintunde – Directing (Nigeria)
- Ben Ope Johnson – Cinematography (Nigeria)
- WS5 – Marketing & Creating Visibility for your Film Projects. (Joint Session).
Workshop Managers – Osagie Ekhator (Nigeria) & Oluwaseun Obasanya (Nigeria)
The workshop examines two critical topics in making your project available to the world as a faith-based movie maker. First, it examines the various ways your film projects can be made visible. Every film project deserves to be celebrated. When you light a candle, you cannot hide it under a Bussell, you place it on the housetop. That is the mindset behind making your project visible. Secondly, marketing is the art of communicating and delivering your project to a customer, a potential audience or the entire society. Communicating and gaining prominence for your film projects is a deliberate effort which can be achieved using verified and tested tools and techniques.
- Doyin Hassan (Canada)
- Femi Akojenu (US)
Co-Facilitators from MZIAIF AFRICA REGION
- Busola Bliss (Nig)
Samuel Odugbemi (Nig)
WS6 – Growing Faith Based Children Media Content – Catching Them Young.
Workshop Manager – Oladoyin Kukoyi & Blandine Flore Dassi Makuitche
One of the global challenges in TV and Film content is the pervasive infiltration of ungodly content into regular programming of films and TV shows. There has been constant evaluation of the rating of movies which does not seem comfortable for parents who want to protect their children from unwanted contents. How do we build a system where the content and programming is safe for our children. How do we engage the children in also being part of building these godly and family safe content. This workshop answers all these questions.
- Oluwafunmilola Oluwatosin (UK)
Co-Facilitators from MZIAIF EUROPE REGION
Pastor Ijeoma Uba-Njoku
Sister Chinwendu Chiazor
Brother Simeon Kolo
WS7 – The Wisdom of Storytelling – Script Writing & Screenplay.
Workshop Manager – Theresa Oladele & Segun Oke
The Wisdom of Storytelling. A good script is the blueprint of every great production. It dictates casting, location, costumes, and a host of other aspects of the film. How shall we birth life-changing stories if we do not master the art of storytelling? This workshop aims to guide participants into key skills needed to tell good stories.
Debo Oluwatuminu (UK)
Olumide Oki (Nigeria)
Itunu Olaniyi (Nigeria)
WS8 – Low Budget Movie – Taking Advantage of Smart Phones Movie Making.
Workshop Managers – Kolawole Olanipekun (South Africa) & Victor Orude (Nigeria)
The best camera to shoot with these days is the one you have with you; and that camera most times, is the one on our smart phone. This workshop will open the eyes of filmmakers and enthusiasts to the possibilities of filming with a smartphone. It also shows some dos and don’ts and other information anyone needs to get started.
- Joshua Mike-Bamiloye (Nig)
- Oladipo O’ Fresh (Nig)
- Paul Esupofo Oriade (Nig)
WS9 – Global Film & Drama Mission Outreach.
Workshop Manager – Yinka Ponnle (USA) & Celeste Puati (USA)
Preaching the gospel to the ends of the earth is our divine mandate as Christians, however, it’s become obvious, one of the tools that has become the most efficient is reaching out to the world is drama and films. This workshop explores the how, the what, the why and the how of global mission using films and movies. It also explores the power of documentary multi-language engagement on the mission field.
Alejandro De Hoyos (US) Segun Badejo (Nig)
Felix Bankole (Nig)
WS10 – The Power of Film Localization – Cultural & Language Diversity in Film Outreach.
Workshop Managers – Joy Odafe (USA) & Seyi Ajayi (UK)
Localization may sound like a big technical jargon but it’s nothing more than bringing any media project down to what every local regions can understand. There are several variables to consider in translating and/or converting a media project such as a film to particular locales with a divers languages. In this workshop, the options in focus will be voice dubbing and subtitling. The workshop will further examine what strategies can be adopted to ensure the linguistic compliance.
Facilitators: Sam Adigun (UK)
WS11 – Understanding the impact of MUSIC SCORING in FAITH-BASED Movies.
Workshop Managers – Busola Ajayi(UK) & Agnes Awotunde (Nigeria)
Workshop Managers -Olubusola Ajayi (UK) & Agnes Awotunde (Nigeria)
The focus of this study to holistically understand the impact of music scoring in faith based movies especially in christian movies. At the end of this workshop, participants will fully understand the advantages of music scoring effectively, and be able to utilise it effectively to make a difference in our movie productions.
Nick Coetzee (US)
Co-Facilitators from MZIAIF AMERICAS REGION
Kehinde Ajetunmobi (US) Ayoyimika Laditi (Canada)
Workshop Managers – Titilayo Akinsola (Canada) & Emmanuel Ajayi (Ireland)
Gradually over the years, the power of having TV and VOD series is quite obvious. Some stories cannot just be told in a feature. Developing storylines for series production requires some expertise and experience. This workshop will explore the power of TV series and how to engage in creating beautiful stories for several platforms not just TV.
Facilitators: Damilola Mike-Bamiloye (Nigeria)
Ayobami Adegboyega (Nigeria)
Feyisayo Anjorin (Nigeria)
FAITH AND FAMILY FILM (F3) INTERCHANGE
An engaging open hall discussion of current trends in Christian films industry featuring highly seasoned leaders and mentors. The Interchange brings awareness, knowledge and hopefully, increased engagement to the community of Christian film makers that we serve. The Interchange features leading experts in diverse areas of interest with a global command following the services they have rendered over the years. They share from the experience they have had over the years, bringing such experience to answer key questions that may be relevant to the needs of the growing global Christian film industry. The panelists provides answers to key questions that form the focus of the next move of the Lord as it relates to growth and spread of faith and family film production.
Find below the makeup of the F3 Interchange session:
F3 – Faith & Family Film Interchange
TOPIC: GLOBAL EXPANSION & INTEGRITY OF FAITH & FAMILY FILMS IN THE NEXT CENTURY.
Panelists – Evang. Mike Bamiloye, Dick Wolfe, Mike Agboola, Akin Olukoju, Paul Sirmons & Chris Rogers.
Anchors – Samuel Adigun (UK) & Dr. Tokunbo Jarrett (Nigeria)
Selected leaders of MZIAIF share impactful messages, giving a sense of direction and purpose for determined film makers who are willing to take the direction to enhance and boost the need for better stories being told through the screen.
The seminar tracks focus on a few topics that have been carefully selected to bring awareness, knowledge and hopefully, increased engagement to the community of Christian film makers we serve. Four Seminar tracks provide seasoned experts in their chosen field with the goal to expand and expound details that can help our film maker community better at bringing the best out of crafting not just the best story but production.
The seminar topics will be on the following:
- 1 – Digital Broadcast and Distribution for Kingdom Film Makers – The LIFEZONE TV STORY.
- 2 – Filtering Content Safe for Family Viewing – The DOVE FOUNDATION STORY
- 3 – The Future of Faith Based Films Production.
- 4 – Building a Successful Foreign Mission Outreach – The Overcomer Story.
- 5 – The Power of Video Localization in Film Outreach – THE JESUS FILM STORY
- 6 – Faith-Based Documentaries – Untapped Area of Kingdom Storytelling.
GLOBAL FILM AWARDS & RECOGNITION
The last day of the film festival featured the 2022 Global film award and celebration, a special celebration and LIVE event announcing all the special awards and highlighting all the various recognition for the year 2022. It was an epic experience.