(Producer, Scripwriter, Cinematographer, Director, and Film Consultant)
Victor Okhai is a producer, scriptwriter, cinematographer, director and film consultant. One of the founders of the Directors’ Guild of Nigeria, he was a scriptwriter with the New Village Headmaster, the New Masquerade and Second Chance all on NTA’s network service. He was also Assistant Director/Assistant Producer for Zanani, a 16mm feature for UNESCO/NFC and Assistant Director, Doctors’ Quarters a medical series on MNET. He has produced and directed several home movies and television series including The Line-Up, My Dream, Jand Hustle, Dream Again, Konkoroma and Chill Pill. His short doc ‘Waiting for Hassana’ has been screened at sundance film festival, Sheffield doc etc and won at the River Run film festival an Oscar qualifying festival and had a special jury mention at the Seattle film festival. He also worked on Half of a Yellow Sun and Joy another film that qualified for the Oscars in 2019.
He has been filming features for the BBC world service news and the series “African Dreams”, Africa on the Move and Eco@Africa for DWTV and has shot and line produced for most of the major global television networks including Aljazeera and CNN. Victor Okhai who holds a B.A in Mass communication and an Msc in Public Relations from the University of Nigeria Nsukka, a professional certificate in film/TV production from the University of Carlifornia Los Angeles and attended courses in film production at NAFTI (Ghana), CIFAP (France), Deustche Welle Akademie (Germany) amongst others.
Currently the Director of the International Film and Broadcast Academy Lagos, and formerly the Director of Studies at the ITPAN training School, Lagos, Victor Okhai has been an external lecturer with the National Film Institute, Jos for over ten years and was the consultant for the formation of the PEFTI film institute also in Lagos and the design of its curriculum.
Victor Okhai has sat on the jury of several film contests and festivals including the 1st Nigerian international student’s film festival organized by the National film institute, held in Jos Plateau State from 18th – 21st January, 2006, “Killing Africa, Healing Africa” – Pan African Short Film competition (West African zone) 2007, The Audio Visual Awards TAVA 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, African Movie Academy Awards AMAA 2008, Chairman Jury Go Festival, 2011, 2012, Shnit short film festival 2012 etc. He was also the president of the Digital Jury of the 33rd edition of the Cairo International Film festival held in 2009 and was invited back to chair a Symposium on the future of African cinema at the same festival in 2010. He was also a member of the international jury (features) Pan African film festival – FESPACO in Ouagadougou Burkina faso in February 2013 and member Abuja international film festival documentary jury 2013, member, features jury and facilitator at Ecrans Noir 2018 in Yaounde. He has also been on the juries of reels international film festival, African International film festival – AFRIFF and Eko international film festival for the last couple of years and is also the founder and Director of IN-Short Film Festival, the biggest short film festival in Sub Saharan Africa.
A recipient of the prestigious International Visitor’s Programme fellowship of the German Foreign Ministry, Victor is a Director of the Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria, the President, Lagos German Alumni Association, Board Member, Nollywood Business Forum. In 2013, He was nominated as Africa’s foremost film promoter by Tanzania based Africa Film Development Association. He is also a board member of the African Film Consortium – AFC and Mokolo – an Africa film database supported by the German foreign Ministry.
He is in great demand as a teacher and resource person on film locally and internationally. He is a member of the national advisory committee on film development in Nigeria to the Nigeria film corporation.