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Osigwe named AMP president

The founder of the Africa Movie Academy Awards, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, has emerged as the seventh national president of the Association of Movie Producers (AMP).

Peace Anyiam-Osigwe

The announcement was made during the AMP’s seventh annual general meeting, held recently.

Adedayo Thomas, executive director of the National Film and Video Censors Board, told the AMP’s newly appointed executives: “It gives me great joy to congratulate you on behalf of the governing board, management and staff of the National Film and Video Censors Board on your very recent victory at the polls successfully conducted to elect new executives of the Association of Movie Producers by the AMP electoral committee in Asaba, Delta State.

“I am assured and convinced the new leadership with its rich composition of seasoned and accomplished industry practitioners who possess diverse experiences and tentacles will continue on that trajectory of visionary and transformative leadership, ingenuity, objectivity, consensus building, unity, transparency and accountability for sterling a superlative performance during their tenure.”

He also commended the association for a successful and peaceful election. He congratulated the previous president, Ralph Nwadike, for successfully leading the AMP for the last four years and veteran producer Zeb Ejiro for demonstrating incisive leadership and mentorship.

Promising to unite the association, Osigwe said: “To deepen the achievements of the association by opening other channels to enable members get value for their money, I will work towards ensuring that the irony of the country being the second largest producer of movies in the world but ranked poorest would be reversed.

“I assure you that piracy will be checked to protect intellectual property and to open an operational database for producers in order to create contacts for members. We also work for a review of the association’s constitution to form a working document, as we would explore opportunities in community cinemas, terrestrial television and the cable networks to ensure producers get value for their money.

“Also, distribution will not be a challenge as we shall explore the African market and if we can get only 1% of the market, it will be a great gain. We shall build the value chain by engaging and integrating almost 70% of movie producers in Nigeria.”

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Nigeria, France link for film distribution

Nigeria’s National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) and French organisation Alliance Francaise have signed an agreement to distribute films via a conference being held later this year.

L-R: Jerome Pasquier, Adedayo Thomas and Arnand Durnon

Content from both countries will be on offer at the French-Nigerian Film Distribution Conference, which will serve as a platform for distributors, producers and investors from both countries to do business with each other.

The news was unveiled at a signing ceremony attended by the French ambassador to Nigeria Jerome Pasquier and his Nigerian counterpart Adedayo Thomas, who is also executive director of the NFVCB, plus Arnand Durnon, director of Alliance Francaise.

Thomas said: “Our Nigerian distributors would be more than happy to collaborate with big-time French distributors such as Pathé, StudioCanal and BAC Films as planned in the coming collaboration conference.

“The French distributors take delight in releasing movies from many different nationalities, whether big or small, as it is their belief that the French moviegoers love movies from around the world. France prides itself as a country of moviegoers with over 5,000 screens, while in Nigeria we are proud to say that we have achieved 200 screens, up from 39 in the last two years.

“France’s film industry is acclaimed to be living ‘la vie en rose’ [life in roses], which its Nigerian counterpart would love to attain.”

Thomas also commented on the growing problem of piracy in the Nigerian film industry since the emergence of digital distribution platforms. “Let me not pretend that all is well with the industry, as we have serious piracy issue in Nigeria, though piracy is not directly within the regulatory purview of the NFVCB,” he said.

“Secondly, with the pervasive nature of ICT, online distribution/exhibition of movies has created regulatory nightmare for us at the NFVCB. France, no doubt, has experience in handling these issues and we therefore solicit technical support from you in tackling these issues.”

Jerome added: “The film industries in France and Nigeria are contributing a lot to their economies, and this agreement will further present opportunities for both countries. This will bring better relationships, not just between the two countries’ governments but between their citizens as well.

“Private investors in both countries will surely benefit from this collaboration, in terms of investment in distribution and marketing of films.”

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NFVCB chief talks up Nigerian film

The executive director of the National Film and Video Censors Board has described Nigerian films as among the best in the world.

Adedayo Thomas

Adedayo Thomas told staff at a two-day training course in Bauchi that most foreign investors have Nigerians on their production team and also visit the country in search of content for their movies.

“The industry is the most significant contributor to employment in the country with the number of cinemas increasing from 19 to 42 and the number of screens also rocketing from 20 to over 140 between 2017 and 2019, while more are still expected,” he said.

“There are emerging technologies being used by stakeholders to improve production and film content; hence, the urgent need to meet up with such trends.”

He urged everyone to apply the knowledge learned to boost productivity within the organisation and also warned against sales of unclassified and unlicensed movies.

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