PRESS CONFERENCE/INAUGURATION OF THE FIRST SET OF MASTER DEGREE STUDENTS MASTER IN FILM CULTURENIGERIAN FILM CORPORATION/NATIONAL FILM INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF JOS TO ANNOUNCE THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE MASTER DEGREE PROGRAMME IN FILM CULTURE & ARCHIVAL STUDIES.

The Nigerian Film Corporation/National Film Institute, Jos and the University of Jos will next week Tuesday, October 22, 2019 officially announce the commencement of the newly introduced Master Degree Programme in Film Culture & Archival Studies. Also, newly admitted students into the Masters Programme are expected to be inaugurated, same day.

The announcement to flag off the programme will be performed by Professor Sebastian Maimako Vice Chancellor, University of Jos; and Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, Managing Director/Chief Executive, Nigerian Film Corporation, who also doubles as the Chairman, Governing Council of the National Film Institute.  The Press Conference will take place at the permanent site of the National Film Institute, Nukpis-Lamingo, Beside JUTH, Jos in Plateau State.

Goethe University, (Frankfurt) Deutseches Film Institute & Film Museum, Arsenal Institute for Film & Video (DFF) Frankfurt, and Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), Germany, Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Arts Berlin as well as Lagos Film Society, who are collaborating partners, will equally be in attendance at the Press Conference/Inauguration. 

Part of the events lined up; include formal address presentation by the Chief Executive Officers of the University of Jos and the Nigerian Film Corporation. Others are the presentation of Research Materials and Books to the NFI Library.  

The Master Degree programme, the first of its kind in Nigeria and Africa, is objectively designed to meet the trajectory necessities of providing depth of knowledge for the management of creative works and audio-visuals.

Courses to be taught during the two year period 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 Master Degree module has 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.

NIGERIAN FILM CORPORATION HOSTS FIRST BERLIN-LAGOS ARCHIVAL FILM FESTIVAL

The Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) has announced its preparedness to host the first Berlin – Lagos Archival Film Festival DECASIA. The festival which will run from Thursday, October 24 – Sunday, October 27th, 2019 takes place at the NFC Lagos office/cinema complex of the Corporation, located beside Voice of Nigeria, Obalende-Ikoyi road. This was contained in a press statement issued in Jos, on Friday, October 18, 2019 and signed by Brian Etuk, Head of Public & Intergovernmental Affairs of NFC. 

According to the statement, the Archival Film Festival will feature the daily screening of films that have deployed the unique power of archival footages to drive their narratives. The objective is to also sustain the global conversation on the impact of digital technologies as well as the relationship between archives and festivals.

Other major events lined up for the four day film festival include the presentation of the draft National Film Archive Policy, Update on ZUMA FILM FESTIVAL, 2019, (scheduled to take place in Abuja, December 1-7, 2019), Stakeholders Interactive Forum and workshop on Distribution Strategies & Preservation Challenges in a Digital Era, Etuk further said.  

The statement quotes Dr. Chidia Maduekwe NFC’s Managing Director/Chief Executive as saying that, Nigeria was in dire need of an archival policy due to its rich cultural heritage and developmental history. The nation, he maintained, is imbued with residue of information that must be secured and documented. He lamented that, despite the volume of films produced in Nigeria, several of those films have either been lost or destroyed, and that “the emplacement of a national film policy will address these anomalies, amongst others”.

Dr. Maduekwe, on behalf of the Federal Government commended the German Government and its institutions for partnering the Nigerian Film Corporation to mount the four day event, saying that “the conversation on national archiving, kick started, with Zuma Film Festival 2018, themed Archiving for Creativity, is positively yielding the desired result and meeting its objectives”.  Partnering institutions are Goethe University, (Frankfurt) Deutseches Film Institute & Film Museum, Arsenal Institute for Film & Video (DFF) Frankfurt, Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Arts Berlin, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), Germany, and the Lagos Film Society.   

The presentation of the Draft National Policy on Archiving, as well as that on ZUMA FILM FESTIVAL 2019, will take place during the opening ceremony (DAY ONE, Thursday, October 24) of the Four Day event. Attendance and participation which is free, is open to all filmmakers and enthusiasts, creative industry stakeholders, the academia, government agencies, the media and the general public.

VIEWING NIGERIAN ARMED FORCES EVERYWHERE: DEFENCE HEADQUARTERS AND THE NIGERIAN FILM CORPORATION SETS UP A FRESH AGENDA

MD,NFC. Dr. Chidia Maduekwe (c), welcoming Rear Admiral O.H Ngalabak to HFC Headquarters, Jos.

The Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) and the Defence Headquarters have expressed the need to urgently address the wrong portraiture of armed forces personnel in Nigerian films. Equally, both institutions have resolved to embark on joint stakeholder engagements that will lead to the provision of research, equipment and personnel support to independent film makers who undertake the production of Nigerian military related films. In this regard, the Nigerian Armed Forces is to collaborate with the NFC in the production of television and film series that will underscore the numerous national, regional and global successes of its personnel in contributing towards peace and security.

MD,NFC. Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, Rear Admiral O.H Ngalabak and others at the NFC Headquarters, Jos.

These were the outcome of a meeting between the NFC and the Defence Department of Civil Military Cooperation (DDCIMIC) which took place at the headquarters of NFC in Jos on Tuesday, October 8.

At the meeting, Rear Admiral O.H Ngalabak, Director, DDCIMIC, expressed the Defence Headquarters’ deep concern of the sometimes inappropriate portraiture of the Armed Forces in Nigerian films. He said that the Nigerian Armed Forces and its personnel have for several years been under reported, despite its successes, citing its operations in Liberia, Sierra-Leone, Sudan and other peace keeping and enforcement operations across the globe. The nation, he said, had the capacity to address these concerns, which can be achieved through motion picture.  Rear Admiral O.H Ngalabak, at the meeting said that the Defence Headquarters recognizes the statutory responsibility of the NFC and was therefore willing to collaborate and tackle these concerns which will in the immediate and near future, enable the good people of Nigeria and from other countries of the world appreciate the enormous sacrifices of the Nigerian Armed Forces and its personnel.

The DDCIMIC Director, assured that machinery to enable the defence headquarters have an interactive meeting with Nigerian Film industry leaders and representatives of film guilds and associations across the country on a date to be announced shortly has been put in place, and sought the assistance of the NFC in this direction.  

Earlier, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, NFC’s Managing Director, said that the collaboration between the two institutions had to be reignited because of the need to emplace a policy framework that will engender a seamless working environment for Nigerian film stakeholders. He equally assured that the NFC will sustain its partnerships and collaboration with domestic and foreign institutions, with the sole objective of promoting the Nigerian film industry (Nollywood), as a brand, which he equally said, has become a tool for international diplomacy.

Dr. Maduekwe further noted that Nigeria has a reservoir of good stories. He congratulated Nigerian film producers for the great achievements recorded so far, and craved that they take opportunity of the emerging collaboration between the NFC and DDCIMIC to up the stakes of their film projects. He assured the DDCIMIC delegation of NFC’s preparedness to fully undertake its role in the collaboration, saying that NFC sees the objectives of the engagement between the two institutions as key to addressing the potential loss of history of the Nigerian Armed Forces. Notable Nigerian Film Stakeholders, Alhaji Ibarahim Nakande, (former Minister of State, Information & Communication), Mr. Victor Okhai, Alhaji Sani Muazu, Mr. Kenneth Gyang, Chineze Anyaene were present during the meeting at the NFC headquarters in Jos, Plateau State.

Part of the itinerary of the DDCIMIC delegation was physical film infrastructure tour of NFC and the permanent site of the National Film Institute, Jos.

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.

Genevieve Nnaji

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.