NIGERIAN FILM CORPORATION CONGRATULATES GENEVIEVE NNAJI

The Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) has expressed its happiness over the listing of Genevieve Nnaji’s “Lionheart” movie for the 2020 Oscar. “Lionheart” has been listed to compete in the International Feature Film category of the prestigious and global film recognition award.

The NFC, in a statement, by Brian Etuk, its head of public & intergovernmental affairs, said that stakeholders of the motion picture and indeed Nigerians are happy with the nomination. He described the listing, the first ever, as an indication of the leap Nigerian films are attaining in the international motion picture circles, as well as the recognition of the ingenuity, and determination of Nigerian filmmakers to par with their counterparts from other countries.

The statement, quotes Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, NFC’s Managing Director as saying that the listing of Genevieve Nnaji’s “Lionheart” movie for the 2020 Oscar will definitely spur other Nigerian film makers to sour in the international film production space. Dr. Maduekwe commended Genevieve Nnaji for making Nigeria proud through her several years of superlative screen appearances, and then lately as a producer/director; and assured that NFC will continue to create the enabling environment for the film sector to thrive.

The NFC, “will sustain its domestic and foreign engagements, partnerships and collaborations intended to adequately situate the nation’s film sector on the path of sustainable growth, especially in the light of global competitiveness, through the signing of co-production treaties and the provision of support structures for film production in Nigeria”, the statement further quoted Dr. Maduekwe.

“Lionheart” which premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival was in September of same year acquired as one of the first Netflix original films to be produced in Nigeria.

NIGERIAN FILMCORPORATION/NATIONAL FILM INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF JOS COMMENCE MASTER DEGREE PROGRAMMEIN FILM CULTURE & ARCHIVAL STUDIES

The Nigerian Film Corporation, through the National Film Institute, Jos in collaboration with the University of Jos, has announced the commencement of the sale of application forms for the newly introduced Master degree programme in Film Culture & Archival Studies (2019/2020 academic session). The Master level qualification aims at training students to become proficient in film culture and archival studies.

In a release by Brian Etuk, Head of Public & Intergovernmental Affairs of NFC, issued in Jos, the sale of application forms which has commenced closes on October 7th, 2019. Accordingly, interested candidates are to visit the websites of the Nigerian Film Corporation – www.nfc.gov.ng; National Film Institute – www.nfi.edu.ng; and the University of Jos – www.unijos.edu.ng/MAFilmCultureAndArchiving for further information.

According to the statement, the Master Degree programme is objectively designed to meet the trajectory necessities of providing depth of knowledge for the management of creative works and audio-visuals.

Etuk stated further that courses to be taught will cover broad range of practical, theoretical and thematic film archiving. Key elements of the strategic approach of the postgraduate degree programme are the development of advanced archiving skills and management for the preservation of cultural and audiovisual heritage.

The module of the programme    is an incorporation of a blended learning approach that combines classroom lectures, tutorials, workshops, personal and field studies that will eventually lead students to attain specialized knowledge and skills in restoration, digitization, preservation, codification and classification.

Goethe University (Frankfurt); Deutsches Film Institute & Film Museum, (Frankfurt); Arsenal Institute for Film & Video (Berlin); DAAD, Nigerian Film Corporation and the University of Jos are the collaborating partners for the Master Degree programme, which is the first to be offered in Africa.

PRESS RELEASE CALL FOR FILM PROJECT ENTRIES: 2019 ZUMA FILM FESTIVAL CO-PRODUCTION MARKET/PITCHING FORUM

According to a statement issued by the NFC in Jos, Plateau State and signed by Brian Etuk, its Head of Public & Intergovernmental Affairs, the Co-production Market and Pitching Forum is to enable film professionals and emerging talents  meet, interact and pitch their film projects to financiers/funders, production companies, distributors/exhibitors as well as sales agents. Securing of co-production deals and funding opportunities for film projects, is the key objective of the Co-production Market/Pitching Forum, Etuk further said.

Eligibility for the feature film projects submission is open to emerging film directors and producers pursuing film and theatre arts in public and private film schools/academies; aside practicing filmmakers with less than five (5) years professional experience.  Only film projects that promote Peace, exposes the menace of Human Migration and Modern Day Slavery, as well as those on the negative effects of Illicit Drugs shall be accepted and considered for the competition. All film entries are expected to be accompanied with character treatment analysis, budget estimate for the production as well as detailed marketing and distribution plan.  Film projects which do not meet the requirements or are incompatible with the theme of the Co-Production Market/Pitching Forum will not be considered.

As a key component of the 10th edition of ZUMA Film Festival, scheduled to take place December 1st -7th 2019 in Abuja, Nigeria; the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) has announced call for film project entries for the Festival Co-production Market and Pitching Forum. Submission of entries which has opened, closes on October 15, 2019.

Producers and/or Directors whose pitch meet the requirements of the Judges and investors will receive funding support for their projects.  In addition, the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) will facilitate financial assistance and grants from strategic partners for the realization of their film projects.

Etuk, said that further details on the entries can be obtained from the NFC website – www.nfc.gov.ng and zuma film festival website – www.zumafilmfest.gov.ng or email: mdnigerianfilms@gmail.com, just as he assured that the NFC will provide participation logistical support to Producers and/or Directors whose films will be selected.

VACANCY POSITION FOR RECTOR, NATIONAL FILM INSTITUTE

Nigerian Film Corporation, proprietor of the National Film Institute, Jos invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for the post of Rector, National Film Institute

Type of Appointment:

Secondment for an initial period of two (2) years.

Renewable for another two (2) years.

Salary Grade:                                     

Grade Level (GL.17) Consolidated Public Salary Structure (CONPSS).

The National Film Institute is a Degree and Diploma Awarding institution in Film Arts, affiliated to University of Jos.  It also runs Diploma Courses accredited by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).  The institution also runs certificate courses through its Consultancy Services Department. 

Candidates with background knowledge in Film Arts and Media Production, as well as knowledge of tertiary institution administration will be considered.

Method of Application:

Interested and qualified candidates should forward ten (10) sets of their Application, photocopies of detailed Curriculum Vitae and Credentials addressed to:

The Managing Director/Chief Executive,

Nigerian Film Corporation,

No. 218T Liberty Dam Road,

Jos.

The Curriculum Vitae should include:

  • Full Name (Surname first in capital letters);
  • Place and Date of Birth;
  • Nationality;
  • State of Origin and Local Government Area;
  • Permanent Home Address;
  • Present Postal Address
  • GSM Number/Email Address;
  • Marital Status;
  • Number and Ages of Children (if any)
  • Educational Institution Attended with Dates;
  • Academic and Professional Qualifications Obtained with Dates; (enclose photocopies of certificates);
  • Work Experience including full details of former and present post(s) including Community Service where applicable;
  • List of Publications;
  • Honours/Distinctions;
  • Extra-Curricular Activities;
  • Names and Addresses of three (3) Referees;
  • NYSC Certificate/Discharge or Exemption Certificate;
  • Any other relevant information.

NIGERIAN FILM CORPORATION OPENS PARTNERSHIP DISCUSSION WITH AGENCIE FRANCAISE DE DEVELOPMENT (AFD); SIGNS MOU WITH LAGOS-PARIS-ARTS

The Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), on Wednesday, September 4th, 2019, in Jos opened discussions with the French Agency for Development (Agence Francaise de Developpement) AFD;  aimed at securing direct funding investments for the development of critical infrastructure for the Nigerian film industry. The funding intervention, among others, will be funneled into training and capacity building for the professional, amateur and upcoming film makers across the country.  The National Film Institute (NFI) in Jos will serve as the training fulcrum, while the Nigeria Film Corporation, proprietors of the NFI will equally support the expected funding with the provision of physical infrastructure. The infrastructure, which will require upgrades through the funding, are expected add to the film production value chain and ecosystem.

Signing of M.O.U

Equally, same day the NFC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Lagos-Paris-Artsto partner, develop, promote, develop the Nigerian creative industry. The MOU provides the attraction of direct foreign investment, transfer of technology and employment opportunities for Nigerians, with the creation of institutional linkages between African and European creative industries. The NFC and Lagos-Paris-Arts will be expected to jointly undertake outreach capacity trainings in film production at the NFC zonal offices across the country. Lagos-Paris-Arts shall also provide state of the art learning facilities suited for development of digital contents at the training locations.

Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, NFC’s Managing Director/Chief Executive at both events said that NFC has embarked on expanding its operations through collaboration and partnership platforms, intended at strengthening Nigeria’s position as the hub of film training and production in Africa. Dr. Maduekwe whilst speaking on the envisaged funding from AFD listed the upgrade of the Screening Auditorium at the township facility of the NFI to a standard Cinema to serve Jos and contiguous States to Plateau State. Other areas are the remodeling of the facility of the newly created Northern Regional Office sited in Kaduna State, a buy in, into the NFC/NFI Motorized Mobile Training Platform as well as the construction of a sound stage with knock down capabilities.   

This was discussed during the MOU signing with Lagos-Paris Art and NFC at the headquarters of the Corporation in Jos. The managing Director of the Nigerian film corporation, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, was on hand to receive the team from France and Lagos Paris Art CEO to the Boardroom of the Corporation.

Speaking at the event, Dr. Chidia expressed his appreciation for the visit of the French team which he said was timely as the Corporation is currently expanding her operations in several areas towards achieving the goal of making Nigeria the hub of Film training in the African continent through the National film Institute, which is now fully operational from the permanent site in Lamingo.  

The Country Director of Agencie Francie De Development (AFD) Pascal Grangeroux, said the discussion with NFC was to foster accelerated and enhanced capacity of the Nigerian Film Industry in terms of capacity building and infrastructural development. Grangeroux assured that AFD will be will to kick start the collaboration/partnership as soon as all processes are concluded.   Also Mr. Sony O’ Jaga, Chief Executive Officer of Lagos- Paris Art expressed his committed to ensure that the content of the MoU are executed to the fullest, and thanked the NFC for its support.

Facility tour of NFC/NFI permanent site at Nupkwis-Laminigo area of Jos was undertaken as part of the AFD, and the signing of the MoU with Lagos-Paris-Arts.