NATIONAL FILM, VIDEO & SOUND ARCHIVE

Background on NFVSA

The National Film Video and Sound Archive was established by the Nigerian Film Corporation in 1992 in accordance with its 1979 enabling Act. This was also in recognition of the 1992 Film Policy for Nigeria which highlights the importance of a National Film Archive and unequivocally states in Section 10:9 that, the State (i.e. Federal Government of Nigeria), shall establish a National Film Archive which shall have the power to undertake the retrieval, collection, preservation, restoration and making available to the public, audio-visual materials in its holdings. These materials include motion pictures, posters, sound tracks, in celluloid and other formats. It also undertakes strategic planning and other statistics functions.

 

Objectives of the NFVSA

The fundamental objective of the establishment of NFVSA is to make it a repository of Nigeria’s cultural heritage and promote her historical and cultural memoirs that foster learning, appreciation of our heritage and contribution to national development.

The National Film Video and Sound Archive is statutorily empowered to acquire from anywhere in the world such films (cine and video) as may be considered related to or in the interest of Nigeria and make its holdings available to the public in accordance with archival practices for the purpose of production, education and research, etc. Also, the Archive is to make the motion picture heritage of Nigeria accessible to the present and future generation of Nigerians for research and study.

 

Functions of NFVSA

The National Film Video and Sound Archive has presently in its vault, about twenty thousand (20,000) titles of Master Film Negatives and Sound Tracks on virtually all aspects of Nigeria’s cultural, socio-economic and political life, some dating back to colonial period.

 

The mission of the National Film Video and Sound Archive (NFVSA) is to PRESERVE Nigeria’s visual socio-cultural heritage for posterity. This mission entails a number of special functions which include:

  • To serve as the national repository of motion pictures and related materials of lasting value to Nigeria for posterity.
  • To source, appraise and acquire motion pictures and related materials made in Nigeria or in the interest of Nigeria wherever they can be found
  • To preserve the motion picture heritage of Nigeria as well as related documents for posterity
  • To organize the motion picture heritage of Nigeria for easy identification. Location and retrieval by way of accessioning, short listing, cataloguing, classification and indexing
  • To make the motion picture heritage of Nigeria accessible to present and future generation of Nigerians for research and study as is practical
  • To encourage the use of motion pictures as source of information and as historical and cultural memoir and to foster the overall study and appreciation of moving images
  • To promote the development of the motion picture industry in Nigeria
  • To perform all functions that will meet the objectives for which NFVSA was established as well as maintaining relationship with professional and similar bodies and associations both within and outside Nigeria for networking.