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.

NIGERIA, GHANA AGREE TO COHOST ANGLOPHONE FILM FESTIVAL

Nigeria and Ghana in a spectacular action to strengthen its bilateral relations using arts and culture, have agreed to co-host an Anglophone film festival, beginning from next year (2020). The film festival to be held biennially will alternate between Nigeria and Ghana, at selected venues in both countries. This and other positive collaborative decisions were taken recently in Ghana, when Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, Managing Director, Nigerian Film Corporation paid a visit to the Ghana Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture.

L-R. Dr. Maduekwe, MD, NFC and DR. Ziblim, Ghana Dep. Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture

Discussions which took place at the Ministry Headquarters in Accra, Ghana, had an elated Deputy Minister, Dr. Ziblim Iddi (MP) as head of Ghana team and host of the meeting.  Dr. Ziblim Iddi (MP) described NFC’s helmsman’s visit as a healthy development that will further engender both nation’s desire to create an enabling environment for African film makers to ply their businesses across international borders.

The deputy minister averred that Nigeria and Ghana shared common and fundamental similarities especially in culture and arts, with people of both nations, very enterprising. The creative industry in both countries, he said had vast opportunities which are yet untapped, and which Nigeria and Ghana could immediately begin to explore.

Speaking, Dr. Maduekwe, informed his host of the numerous efforts by the Nigerian Government, through the Nigerian Film Corporation to robustly engage domestic and foreign film stakeholders, including public and private agencies in the development of the creative industry. The fulcrum for the sustainable development of the film sector and promote a harmonious film art and business is the emplacement of beneficial partnerships and collaborations, he further said, while informing his host on the key mandate of the NFC.

Dr. Maduekwe assured that all issues discussed and agreed, will be captured in the memorandum of understanding that would be signed soon. Some of the key collaborative and partnership issues which both nations agreed on include, a formalized co-production agreement between Nigeria and Ghana, provisions for students exchange programme between premiere film institute’s of both nations, (the National Film Institute, Jos, and the National Film & Television institute, Accra), co-hosting of Anglophone Biennial Film Festival, among others. 

Whilst in Ghana, Dr. Maduekwe delivered a paper on African Film Market at the 2019 edition of the Black Star International Film Festival, where challenges of co-production of films, film financing, VOD (Video-on-Demand) and SVOD (Subscription Video-on-Demand) especially on developing opportunities for African Film makers were robustly discussed.

A high level government delegation from Ghana,  Deputy Minister, Dr. Ziblim Iddi (MP) assured, will attend as well as participate in all activities of Nigeria’s foremost film festival, ZUMA film Festival, scheduled to take place December 1-7, 2019, in Abuja, Nigeria.

10th ZUMA FILM FESTIVAL, 2019; CALLS FOR ENTRY

CALL FOR FILM ENTRIES 2019

The statement quotes Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, NFC’s Managing Director & Chairman, Organising Committee of ZUFF that no effort will be spared to ensure that ZUFF 2019 sustains the narratives that Nigeria is indeed the hub of film production activities in Africa. Dr. Maduekwe explained that the vast growth and the great potentials within the film sector of Nigeria makes it imperative to emplace platforms where those who develop and produce contents for film are accessed to opportunities of funding, marketing, distribution and exhibition; with and through domestic and foreign collaborations and partnerships. According to him, ZUFF 2019, the 10th in the series will again provide the platform to sustain the recognition of Nigerian film makers who have or are adding the needed value to the development of the art and business of filmmaking.

Entry for ZUMA Film Festival 2019 opens on July 1st 2019 and closes on October 30th, 2019. All entries, addressed to the Festival Director, ZUMA FILM FESTIVAL can be submitted through the free film way platform www.filmfreeway.com/zumafilmfestival; or to ZUMA FILM FESTIVAL Secretariat, Nigerian Film Corporation Headquarters, Jos Plateau State, as well as NFC Zonal Offices in Lagos, Asaba, Umuahia, Yola, Kano and Abuja. Entry forms can be also be downloaded from the festival and NFC websites; www.zumafilmfest.gov.ng; www.nfc.gov.ng.

ZUMA FILM FESTIVAL 2019 AWARDS categories are: Best Cinematography, Best Script, Best Animation, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Documentary, Best Foreign Film, Best Student Film, Best Picture, Best Indigenous Film.