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.