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ABOUT SMEDLAB

The major aim of smedLAB is to promote skill acquisition towards self-actualization and economic independence.
Through intensive lectures, case studies and interactions with award-winning international and local industry professionals, the participants will learn the core skills and techniques necessary for a career in animation film making and to build expert animation capacities in Nigeria and the West African region for a tangible contribution to the film making industry.

Down the line, through an internship in an animated feature film production, they will get a first-hand knowledge of an international co-production in a real working environment.

At the end of the course, the participants will be able to handle a full-fledged animation production, from story idea to finished film the final outcome of which would be a group short film targeting festivals all over the world while seeking broadcast and distribution deals with TV stations and short film distribution services both locally and internationally.

Additionally, participants will receive a one-on-one entrepreneurial coaching which would provide them a stepping stone towards establishing a business in animation, be this as freelancers or as studio owners

MOTIVATION

In 2009, the UN cultural organisation UNESCO, ranked Nollywood as the second biggest film industry in the world thus pushing it one more rung up the ladder from the statistics of the previous year.  When this declaration came, the question we asked was “Where is Animation ?” Today, seven years later, the question is still valid and authentic.

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FIRST EDITION

The maiden edition of the SmedLAB animation course which also happens to be Nigeria’s first ever animation course took place in 2013 at the Goethe Institut Lagos.

It started in March 2013 with a four weeks on-location intensive training and was followed by further months of online teaching, mentoring and assistance.

The documentation above gives an impression of the course and its evaluation by the seven course participants,  Tosin Adelowo, Michael Onah, Olukayode Abobadoye, Deniyi Stevens, Olayiwola Akerele, Oluwaseyi Osunlaja and Chijioke Okereke