Saturday, November 22, 2014

Nicole Polsterer of makido Film Vienna in Lagos for “Time for Africa” at 5th EKOIFF

 Nicole Polsterer of makido Film Vienna in Lagos for “Time for Africa” at  5th EKOIFF

Nicole Polsterer from makido Film of Vienna in Austria is in Lagos for makido’s “Time for Africa” Film project at the 5th annual Eko International Film Festival that started on Thursday November 20, 2014, at the Silverbird Cinemas, Silverbird Galleria on Victoria Island, Lagos. The film festival will close on Sunday, November 23 at the same venue with special screenings and ceremony to be co-hosted by makido Film with support from the Austrian Embassy in Nigeria.

makido Film is collaborating with the Eko International Film Festival for their “Time for Africa” project of bringing African film making talents and European film producers together.
 makido Film Vienna will offer film internships to two young Nigerian filmmakers. And each intern will have the opportunity to work in one or more of the following roles:
  • Journalist and content developer
  •  Camera Assistant (work with experienced camera operators, use of broadcast cameras and ancillary equipment as well as lighting equipment)
  • Sound Assistant (Microphone technology, boom handling, radio microphones, personal microphones, a particular focus on voice recording)
  • Editing Assistant (work with experienced video editors and directors, preparation, support and finishing of an edit, management of footage, archive handling and research)
  • Delivery Assistant (finalise programs for transmission, creation of accessible versions, subtitling, DVD authoring)
  • Production Assistant (an in depth experience of the complex processes required for any TV production)
Interns are expected to have experience using the following software packages:
Microsoft Office, File maker Pro, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Cloud, Sub-titler, Archive management, DVD Studio Pro.
The placement will be for a minimum of three and a maximum of 6 months. The applicant should ideally be between 24 and 29 years old and and either be enrolled at a university or have graduated not longer than two years ago in July 2015.Females are strongly encouraged to apply. The internship will be paid. The intern is solely responsible for his or her tax declaration and social security arrangements. makido will reimburse partly or totally the incurred cost for travel two months after the internship.

About makido and Time for Africa Project

 makido stands for MArboe, KIno(German for cinema), and DOcumentary, but also alludes to the game makido, highlighting the playful nature with which we want to approach complex topics and that we want to treat our protagonists with particular care and sensitivity.

As traditional, value-determining groups, like political parties, churches but also families “in the conventional sense” lose their impact and significance in our society, what is shown on TV and in cinemas becomes increasingly important. It puts a special responsibility on those who produce films.

What is the focus of Time for Africa! ?
What comes to mind when you think of Africa?
Images of poor starving people falling victim to natural disasters and corrupt politicians?
The dominant images portrayed in the media serve only to enhance these stereotypical views.
And how are Europeans perceived in Africa?
Aren’t they all well off with enough jobs for everyone?
makido aims to challenge these stereotypes by telling nuanced and exciting stories about people living on the two continents.
“Rather than condemn or endorse the undoubted power of the media, we need to accept their significant impact and penetration throughout the world as an established fact, and also appreciate their importance as an element of culture in today’s world. The role of communication and media in the process of development should not be underestimated, nor the function of media as instruments for the citizen’s active participation in society…”
~ UNESCO declaration issued on 22 January 1982 at the International Symposium on Media Education in Grunwald, Germany

Nicole Polsterer has a comprehensive and impressive academic and professional record in Austria and other countries since her study of Economic and Social Sciences (WU Vienna) with a focus on finance, financial markets and marketing. Studies in Paris (HEC Paris) and in Seville, Master in International Management at the Community of European Schools (CEMS). She also has postgraduate diplomas in international development cooperation and peacekeeping by the United Nations University in Tokyo.  She has been active in the fields of foreign affairs and development in the European Commission and the European Parliament in Brussels. Between 2003 and 2012: United Nations Development Programme in Brussels and in the New York headquarters, last project coordinator of the UNEP Global Outlook on Sustainable Consumption and Production Policies in the United Nations Environment Programme in Paris. In March 2012, she joined the Sustainable Europe Research Institute in as head of sustainable economic research group. Focus: management consultancy, ecological rucksacks and sustainable consumption and production. Since February 2014, Nicole is dedicated to the film medium, to use it for educational work for sustainable development.

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