Fast-rising movie producer and actor, Aniebiet Francis shortly after the successful premiere of her second feature film ‘IfΛk’ (zeal) in Uyo, has said that she also battles with depression.
“Sometimes I feel depressed because I can’t help young people who have the potentials”, she said during a radio interview on Comfort 94.5 FM, Uyo hosted by OAP’s Mighty George and Rozay.
Aniebiet the voluptuous television star who started her sojourn into the movie industry as an actor further stated:
“I wish I could help everyone, but I can’t and will do my best to support other young people. That’s why I created a platform to get many in movie production, acting, editing, sound, scriptwriting, directing and other aspects through my annual ‘Orange Film Boot Camp’.”
“It’s not about me, but about other people who need a platform to grow. I use the proceeds from my movie to fund my boot camp in other to help develop other young people. It’s okay to have passion for anything, but you can’t underestimate the value and importance of getting some level of training.”
“I am looking forward to when the government will create an enabling environment for the film industry, friendly to investors and film making will thrive. Else, it won’t be easy to get these top guys to come down here to work because they complain that it’s so stressful to produce here. People are not giving their houses and cars for productions. I had to yank off a scene because I couldn’t get a Land Cruiser SUV required for that part.”
“The dream is getting Nollywood from Lagos to Akwa Ibom and everyone has to rise to the occasion because people don’t know the potentials in the State”, she concluded.
Aniebiet is set to host the fourth edition of her annual Orange Film Boot Camp in November 2019 and the likes of Femi Jacobs listed as one of the facilitators. Previous editions have seen Nollywood greats including Segun Arinze, Esosa Egbon etc teach hundreds of young people in Akwa Ibom State for free during the week-long training.