Message from the Founder


Growing up in one of the most underprivileged areas in Nigeria, my parents worked hard to give my siblings and me the best education by sending us to the best school despite our circumstances. Because I’ve witnessed life in both poverty and wealth, it’s caused me to push myself harder in everything I do. It not only fostered the drive I have, today, to succeed, but it also offered me a new perspective on circumstances and opportunity.

Because I was fortunate enough to be given the best education that eventually afforded me the opportunity to pursue my dreams in America, I’ve created our nonprofit Every Story Begins with PressPlay. The mission of our nonprofit is to provide the opportunity and resources for aspiring filmmakers to pursue their career in the world of film regardless of age and/or experience, and despite their circumstances.

Opportunity should be created for those who have a hunger to feed their dreams. Our mission is to provide scholarships and mentor aspiring filmmakers by walking them through each process of filmmaking, to equip them with the necessary tools to help make their vision a reality, and to provide an outlet for those who want to showcase their independently produced films at our annual film festival.

As a nonprofit organization that’s operating by the unwavering passion, dedication, and time of our volunteers, we are proud of the quality of work we achieve now and are excited about the work we are committed to do in the years to come. With your support, we can help make so many dreams come true – together.

Warmest regards,

Deen Olatunji