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.
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
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
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.
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
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,
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
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: email@example.com,
just as he assured that the NFC will provide participation logistical support
to Producers and/or Directors whose films will be selected.
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.
Grade Level (GL.17) Consolidated Public Salary
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.
background knowledge in Film Arts and Media Production, as well as knowledge of
tertiary institution administration will be considered.
Method of Application:
qualified candidates should forward ten (10) sets of their Application, photocopies
of detailed Curriculum Vitae and Credentials addressed to:
The Managing Director/Chief Executive,
No. 218T Liberty
Vitae should include:
Full Name (Surname first in capital
Place and Date of Birth;
State of Origin and Local Government Area;
Permanent Home Address;
Present Postal Address
GSM Number/Email Address;
Number and Ages of Children (if any)
Educational Institution Attended with
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;
Names and Addresses of three (3) Referees;
NYSC Certificate/Discharge or
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.
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.