2022 LeapAfrica CTIP Short Film Competition for Young Filmmakers from Nigeria

Deadline: April 3, 2022.

Human trafficking continues to be a persistent problem in Nigeria in spite of efforts by national, international, and multinational organizations. Although the dangers and the legal consequences of human trafficking are publicized, the problem lingers. According to the 2012 TIP Report, Nigeria serves as a major source, transit, and destination country for women, men, and children subjected to forced labour and sex trafficking. It is noteworthy that during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown from March to April 2020, unsafe migration continued from Nigeria. Historically, the majority of Nigeria’s trafficking victims come from its South-South regions – Delta, Akwa-Ibom, Cross Rivers with the highest numbers from Edo State. Also, an increasing number of victims are recently reported to originate from Northern states especially in the North-Eastern parts of Adamawa, Borno & Yobe. 

The power and relevancy of film documentaries for advocacy purposes in the modern world cannot be overemphasized. A film documentary can be used to change or improve society in some way by bringing to light certain causes or injustices – violent practices and abuses – with the hope to help galvanize the communities to change certain attitudes and perceptions.  It can also be used to encourage dialogue across different groups of people. The CTIP themed short film competition is established to leverage the power of media to inspire and motivate people, move past walls of deep-seated values and beliefs, tap into human emotions- hearts and minds, open pathways for deep and authentic conversations and impact cultural roots.


  1. Filmmakers should be Nigerian Nationals.  
  2. Age Limit: 18 – 35 years. 
  3. Submission is acceptable from Individuals, groups, or organizations
  4. Maximum submission entry is two – 5mins and 60secs trailer
  5. The short film can be produced in any Nigerian language (Pidgin English, Hausa, Igbo & Yoruba) with provision for English sub-title
  6. The short film must not include copyrighted images, video, or music.


  1. Cash Prize of N1, 000,000.
  2. A 6-month retainer contract to develop short films for other programmes within the organization
  3. Access to other LEAP Africa branded merchandize and other consolation prizes


  1. A Storyboard and written script for both short films (Microsoft Word)
  2. A 15 minutes or less short film – MP4 or MOV formats; Video size: 720P (1280×720)
  3. A 60secs long abridged version of the short film – MP4 or MOV formats; Video size: 720P (1280×720)
  4. Script rationale – Explaining the short film concept in not more than 300 words
  5. Participants must: follow @leapafrica, @palladium across all social media platforms. Not adhering to this might lead to disqualification.


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