Nigeria’s Premier Film School, the National Film Institute, Jos has relocated to it Permanent Site situated at the outskirt of Jos in the serene District of Nukpi’s Kaben District, Lamingo, Jos.
The relocation follows the completion of basic structures at the site that will support academic learning and other exercises associated with film studies. This coincided with the Second Semester of the 2018/2019 academic calendar.
The new site sits on over 167 hectares of land and has a male and female hostel with the capacity to accommodate students of the Institute. The hostels are equipped with some of the best and modern facilities that will support accommodation and ensure other extra-curricular activities.
Also at the NFI Permanent Site is the all new Film Archive Multipurpose Complex with well-equipped facilities for digital film archiving. The facilities at the new Film Archive will also support archival film training at the Diploma, Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels.
It would be recalled that recently, the National Film Institute, Jos in partnership with the Arsenal Institute for Film and video Arts, Berlin, and the Goethe Institute in Frankfurt, secured approval for the commencement of a Master Degree Programme in Film Archiving, which also will be in collaboration with the Department of Theatre and Film Arts of the University of Jos.
The program is designed to give enrollees crucial and practical training in the fundamentals of digital film, video and sound archiving, an important aspect in the chain of motion picture training.
Early in 2019, some Staff from the Institute and their counterparts from the University of Jos that will pioneer the masters training, were sponsored to a training at Germany preparatory to the kick – off of the Masters programme.
The postgraduate training is in furtherance of the goals of the National Film Video and Sound Archive (NFVSA) which was established by the Nigerian Film Corporation with the mandate to undertake the retrieval, collection, preservation, restoration and making available to the public, audio-visual materials in its holdings which if retrieved, restored and exhibited in viewing points across the nation and abroad will enable revenue for government as well as the projection of the nation’s heritage.
The fundamental objective of the establishment of NFVSA is to make it a repository of Nigeria’s cultural heritage as captured in audio-visuals and promote its historical and cultural memoirs that foster learning, appreciation of our heritage and contribution to national development.
With the availability of Automated Shelves and Digital Scanners, over 20,000 holdings of different titles that spans across the socio-political, economic, cultural and entertainment landscape of Nigeria, the Film Institute is poised to make significant inroads in the current digital trend in motion picture archiving for a digitized broadcast industry.
As the first film school in Nigeria, the National Film Institute, Jos has contributed immensely to the manpower needs of Nigeria’s motion picture industry through the quality training of film makers who play key roles in various aspects of film production in Nigeria and abroad.
With the movement to the Permanent Site, it is expected that the Institute will attract further developmental attention from the Federal Government in expanding existing infrastructure. It is also hoped that other agencies and support groups will step in to give support to the Institute.
In the last decade, the Institute has graduated over 1000 students. They have been trained using some of the best film equipment in the country.
Also, to align with best international film training standards, the curriculum of film training at the Institute is constantly reviewed to address modern trends in an industry that is driven by technology and creativity.