Top Ten Best Film Schools In Nigeria

Top Ten Best Film Schools In Nigeria

The Nigerian movie industry is rising fast and along with it the a need for well-trained film professionals. 

In the past, people had to leave Nigeria to study and get knowledge and insight from schools such as the New York Film School. But today there are capable companies, groups, and schools who concentrate on equipping film enthusiasts and aspirants of different ages with the necessary skills to thrive in the movie industry.

There are various film schools across the country but the renowned and popular ones are primarily located in Lagos and Abuja.

In this article, we'll be going through the top ten film schools in Nigeria.  Having said that, let's delve in.

Top Ten Film Schools In Nigeria

The top ten best film schools in Nigeria are;

• Del-York Creative Academy

First on the list is Del-York Creative Academy located at 108 Abibu Adetoro St, opposite Mt Horeb Pharmacy, Victoria Island 106104, Lagos. It was founded by Linus Idahosa in partnership with the New York Film School in 2010.

Del-York Creative Academy offers a list of courses ranging from digital filmmaking, acting classes, directing, screenwriting, digital photography, music video production, graphics, makeup 3D animation, editing, broadcast journalism, cinematography, custom designs, special effects, coloring grading, and so on.

The creative academy has produced film personnel such as James Omoke, Tamara Eteimo, hip hop group Show Dem Camp, and Adasa Cookeygam.

• Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts (LAPA)

LAPA was founded by Nigerian veteran actors Olu Jacobs and his wife, Joke Silvato give quality and sound film/ art education to film enthusiasts and aspirants.

Since it is accredited by the National Board of Technical Education of Nigeria (NBTE),

LAPA offers Diploma and Certificate programs in Acting, Directing, Scriptwriting, technique, Cinematography, Set Design, Make-up, Costume Design and Dance/Movement for stage, Radio presentation, Stage performance, and Camera presentations. 

It is located at  Ibrahim Odofin Street off Gracefield Schools Junction, Ajiran Road, (Agungi B/Stop), Eti-Osa, Lekki, Lagos.

This renowned institution has produced the likes of Abiodun Kassim, Omoye Uzamere, Ayobami Ajike, and Orji Ibe who are making waves in the industry.

•The Royal Arts Academy (RAA)

The Royal Arts Academy (RAA) was brought to life in 2010 by Emem Isong-Misodi. Through the RAA, Emem Isong-Misodi is reaching out and training talents to be professional film personalities. So far, it is said that over 250 students have been groomed and trained by RAA some including ota Chukwu Rekiya Yusuf, Belinda Effa, Emem Ufot, Etinosa Idemudia, Derby Frankson, Benjamin Lugo Touitou, Derby Felix, Smart Edikan, Didi Ekanem, Michaeline Etim and many more. 

At this institution, courses offered include Acting, Screenwriting, Editing, Directing, Dance, Psychology for Acting, Aerobics, theater Children's, and Physical Fitness.

Royal Arts Academy was accredited by the National Board of Technical Education (NBTE). However, the students on completing this Programme may continue to the Polytechnics or Universities for higher education. (NBTE, 2007)

It is located at No 4 Adebisi Close, Off Ogunlana Drive, Suru-Lere, Lagos, Nigeria.

•High Definition (HD) Film Academy

Founded by Bright Wonder Obasi in 2008, High Definition (HD) Film Academy is situated on the 2nd Floor Showroom, Right-Wing, 2XL Mall, by Zenith Bank, Gwarimpa, Abuja, Nigeria. This academy emphasizes practical training in various filmmaking aspects. Notable alumni include Femi Jacobs, an actor renowned for his roles in Nollywood movies and stage productions.

•Disciples Film and Television Institute (DIFTI)

Founded in 2013 by Tony Akposheri, a seasoned filmmaker, Disciples Film and Television Institute (DIFTI) is located in Lagos, Nigeria. With a strong commitment to hands-on practical training, DIFTI has produced graduates who have made their mark in the industry. One notable alumnus is Tope Oshin, a director and producer known for her work on movies and TV series.

•PEFTI Film Institute

Established in 2004 by Wale Adenuga, PEFTI Film Institute is renowned for its comprehensive film and music production programs. It is located at 6 Rasmon Street, off Osolo Way, By 7/8 bus-top Airport Road, Ajao EstateIsolo, Lagos. 

PEFTI has trained talented individuals like Kunle Afolayan, a prominent filmmaker known for his distinctive storytelling style that showcases Nigerian culture.

•Brilliant Films Academy

 Brilliant Films Academy focuses on equipping students with practical skills in cinematography, directing, and scriptwriting. 

it is located at No 87, Ipaja Road, Agege, Lagos Nigeria.

The academy's commitment to quality education is reflected in the success of Chika Anadu, an alumna who directed the acclaimed film "B for Boy."

•Film for Teens Africa Academy

Film for Teens Africa Academy, founded in 2015, is dedicated to nurturing young talent in filmmaking. Based in Lagos, the academy has empowered emerging filmmakers like Dafe Oboro, who won the Best Short Film award at the 2020 Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards.

Film for Teens Africa Academy is located at, Ketu Alapere, Lagos Nigeria.

•MX Film & Multimedia Academy

MX Film & Multimedia Academy was established by Femi Odugbemi in Lagos. With a focus on producing competent professionals, the academy has trained individuals like Ireti Doyle, a veteran actress, and producer celebrated for her versatile performances across film and television.

•Purpose Academy of Film and Photography

Purpose Academy of Film and Photography provides training for film and photography aspirants to have a successful career in the industry. 

It offers courses on Acting, TV presentation, Photography, Cinematography, Movie production, Filmmaking and Animation creation.

Purpose Academy of Film and Photography is located at 70 Adisa Ajibulu Street, Mafoluku, Oshodi 100261, Oshodi, Lagos, Nigeria.


The growth of the Nigerian film industry has created a demand for skilled filmmakers, and the establishment of reputable film schools has played a crucial role in meeting this demand. The top ten film schools in Nigeria, including Disciples Film and Television Institute, PEFTI Film Institute, Brilliant Films Academy, Film for Teens Africa Academy, MX Film & Multimedia Academy, High Definition (HD) Film Academy, The Royal Arts Academy, Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts, Purpose Academy of Film and Photography and Del-York Creative Academy, have been instrumental in nurturing creative minds, fostering technical expertise, and propelling the careers of many successful professionals. As Nollywood continues to evolve, these institutions will undoubtedly contribute to the industry's ongoing growth and global recognition.

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