The Nollywood Screenwriting contest (NSWC), organized by Nollywood actor Laurence Onuzulike, has announced a call for filmmakers and aspiring screenwriters to participate in a new filmmaking competition.
The NSWC will see 20 top screenwriting submissions qualify for a grand prize of N1 million and a one-year screenwriting contract with Aforevo. The interested participants are to visit Nollywoodscreenwritingcontest.com, where they must submit the first twenty scenes from their scripts, after which judges shall choose the best 20 submissions.
The owners of the selected submissions shall be required to submit between100 to 135 scenes of their works after which the judges shall choose the three best scripts. Submission opened on February 7th and will close on March 4 while prizes shall be presented to winners on March 8.
Presiding judges include industry veterans Clarion Chukwura, Segun Arinze, Victor Okhai, president DGN and Yinka Ogun, President SWGN.
Speaking at a press conference, Onuzulike Said: “Nollywood screenwriting contest was created to reward hardworking screenwriters and highlight the vital roles they play in film making. In Nollywood, there’s this overall feeling that screenwriters despite playing very important roles in filmmaking are not being well recognized and rewarded in the Nigerian film industry.
“Consequently, Nollywood Screen Writing Contest (NSWC) is geared towards correcting that by bringing to the fore the vital roles played by screenwriters in movie production and in the film industry as a whole.
“The media campaign and the razzmatazz that will surround the contest will not only shed light on screenwriters but will also make them the point of focus for once in an industry often dominated by actors, directors and producers.
“This is one of its kind of a project and has never been done on this scale in Nigeria.”
The initiative is put together by Aforevo and proudly endorsed by the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Screen Writers Guild of Nigeria (SWGN), Directors Guild Of Nigeria (DGN), and Association Of Movie Producers (AMP).