Zuma 2014: Updates

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ZIFF 2014 Ends Today; Winners to Receive Awards and Prizes

After days of intense activities, the 7th edition of Nigeria's flagship film festival, Zuma International Film Festival, 2014 winds up today. For many of the delegates and participants, the festival will go down in history as one that brought together communities of motion picture practitioners from within  and outside the country.
Apart from the entertainment and creative segments of the Festival, critical policy issues relating to the growth of the industry and its sustainability were discussed. For instance, the fundamental policy direction of commercializing the Nigerian Film Corporation, and others how the contributions of Nollywood can be used for  the transformation and nation building. institutionalizing a funding environment system that will thrive the industry and the need for an aggressive private sector involvement in the creative industry in Nigeria.
The crown of tonight's event will surely be the Awards for the festival competitive categories.
Over 100 entries will be competing for various categories of awards which include Best Cinematography, Best Script, Best Animation, Best Actress, Best Documentary, Best Foreign Film, Best Student Film, Best Picture and Best Indigenous Film.
Expressing his gratitude to all guests, dignitaries and participants, Dr. Dadu, NFC's Managing Director and Chief Executive, who doubles as the Chairman of the Festival Organising Committee, said ZIFF 2014 was a success because of delegate's contributions and participation. He announced that the Zuma International Film Festival has been rechristened Nigeria's International Film Festival and will hence rotate amongst the 36 States of the Federation and will henceforth hold annually and rotate amongst the 36 States of the Federation


Former Vice President of Spain, De La Vega Receives Special Zuma Award

One of the high points of the opening ceremony of Zuma International Film Festival, 2014 was the special award and recognition given to the former Vice President of the Spanish Government, Ms Maria Teresa Fernandez De La Vega in recognition of her role in advancing the cause of the African woman.
The Nigerian Film Corporation say Ms Maria Teresa Fernandez De La Vega was recognised as Special Envoy for the Voice of Women in Africa and Nigerian Women Filmmakers for providing the requisite tools and skills to aid the practice of the profession.
The Special Guest of Honour at the opening ceremony, and the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Da Jonah David Jang while presenting the award to Ms Fernandez said Nigeria and indeed the African continent is proud of her contributions to the upliftment of women and men alike. Represented by his Special Adviser on Special Duty, Yakubu Jang, the Executive Governor congratulated her and called on well-meaning Nigerians to emulate the self-sacrificing spirit of Ms Fernandez by using their positions to reach out to all, and in promoting a just, equal socio-economic world for men and women alike.
Speaking, the Special envoy Awardee, who was in the company of the serving Ambassador of Spain to Nigeria, Mr. Alvaro Castillo, said she feels honoured and elated to be singled out for recognition at an auspicious event like Zuma International Film Festival, 2014. She also thanked the Nigerian Film Corporation for the fruitful partnership she has had with her in her quest to reach out to Nigerian and African women filmmakers and make them a voice for change and opportunity in the world for other women.
She said the award has spurred her to pursue the course of women much more. adding that there can no more be any rewarding mission for her than to work for the equality of men and women.
In their separate responses, the Ambassador of Spain to Nigeria, Mr. Alvaro Castillo and the UN Women Country Representative, Mrs. Grace Ongile congratulated Ms. Fernandez and reminded her that she will be remembered for her immense contributions to the genuine course of humanity.
During the African and Spanish Women meeting of 2006 and 2011, Maria Teresa Fernandez de La Vega initiated the strengthening of relations between Latin America and Africa by supporting efforts of women of the two continents.
Through her organisation  The Women for African Foundation, Ms. Fernandez has impacted in the social, political, economic development of the African woman.
Of particular interest is her passion for using the film platform to deepen her desire to help women, thus she launched the project called: "Women Make Movies" which is spread across Africa and Spain and aims at promoting African women point of view when creating audio-visual materials.
Just recently her Foundation signed an MoU with the Nigerian Film Corporation to cover fundamental areas of motion picture productions that will sustain her vision for the African women filmmakers as agents for change.



"Nigerian filmmakers are constructive story Tellers" - Gov Jonah David Jang

No better accolade could have come the way of Nigerian filmmakers at the opening ceremony of Zuma International Film Festival 2014 than the ones the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Da Jonah David Jang gave when he described Nigerian filmmakers as “Constructive Story Tellers”. The Governor said the average Nigerian filmmaker is an avid story teller who endeavours to wield in intellect and creativity to tell an enduring Nigerian story. Represented by his Special Assistant on Special Duty, Yakubu Jang, the governor said the Nigerian film industry has brought the nation so much honor and wealth and thus needs to be commended and encouraged. The governor said he is awed that the movie industry has contributed tremendously to the economic growth of Nigeria and the enhancement of her GDP which was subjected to a recent rebasing that placed Nigeria as the economic power house of Africa. He said as supplementary efforts of the Federal Government to boosting the fortunes in the industry, the Plateau State Government is poised to make the State "Film Friendly" and encouraged practitioners to take advantage of the opportunities the State offers in this regard. Governor Jang pointed out that Jos, the Plateau State capital has always been the melting pot of creativity and entertainment in Nigeria because of its heterogeneous and cosmopolitan outlook occasioned by the friendly and accommodative disposition of the indigenous people of the State. He also commended the Nigerian Film Corporation for its active role in the development of the sector and encouraged all to participate fully in the Zuma International Film Festival, 2014 programmes and its activities.


Nigerian Filmmakers must be part of the Transformation and Nation Building Process - Professor Oyedele

The critical role the Nigerian film maker must play in the transformation and building a strong united Nigeria came under scrutiny at the 2014 Annual Film Lecture of the Nigerian Film Corporation delivered by Professor Enoch Oyedele at the Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja. The theme of the lecture is: “Transformation and Nation Building: The Role of Film”. In his presentation, Professor Oyedele strongly argued that film remains the portent tool among the media arts genre, for transmitting ideas and cultural values that are critical to the development of Nigeria. He said as a matter of urgency, filmmakers in the country must be given a front row recognition as Nigeria is in a transformatory and nation building process. He also regretted that inspite of the plethora of contributions by the film industry in Nigeria, not much has been done by the way of conscious policy efforts to stabilize the sector into a formidable formal part of the economic and political strings. Making reference to the ongoing National Confab, Professor Oyedele said it was regrettable also that no organised film body is in the talkshop where a new Nigeria is x-rayed, yet the film industry over the years has been a purveyor of Nigeria's rich cultural heritage beyond the African continent. The erudite Professor delved into the historical antecedents of Nigeria as a nation starting from the pre-colonial era stressing that most traditional cultures in Nigeria had virtues of social and political integration. He was quick to point out though that colonisation and the experiences which characterized the period shaped the transition into nationhood and the revolutionary reactions that visited such an interregnum of early peaceful Nigerian societies was key to the birth of the nation. Decrying the period, he said colonization and the British rule brought with it social, economic and political imbalance and inequality among regions in Nigeria stressing that the hang-overs of such a deliberate dichotomy is evident in the numerous challenges Nigeria is battling with, be them resource control, religious sensitivity, terrorism and insurgency, statism and minority fears, ethnic and tribal sentiments amongst others. Discussants and other contributors applauded Professor Oyedele for the delivery and called for a pragmatic collaboration between the Nigerian history society and the film industry to work out modalities for the production of films that not only inform, entertain but that will educate and shape public opinion on transformation and nation building of Nigeria. The Nigerian Film Corporation Annual Lecture started five years ago as a response to the need for an intellectual input meant to engender growth and professionalism and as well bridge the gap between practice and the academia.

Supporting the Growth of the Nigerian Film Industry Through the Commercialization of the Nigerian Film Corporation

What is commercialization? Is the Nigerian Film Corporation on the verge of commercializing? What are the prospects? What roles must the government and the Corporation play if commercialization is considered a viable venture? How would commercializing the Nigerian Film Corporation affect the film industry and its practitioners? These are few of the many mind-boggling questions posed by Dr. Hyginus Ekwuazi at the Roundtable discussion on the Commercialization of the Nigerian Film Corporation. Dr. Ekwuazi pointed out that despite the trepidation and fear that characterises the commercialization and privatization policy of the Federal Government, the policy has come to stay considering the dwindling funds of the government to sustain the many public enterprises in the country and the earlier the Nigerian Film Corporation he said must brace up for the change the better for it. Describing the film industry as a huge fortune landscape that can accommodate any commercialization initiative of the NFC, Dr. Ekwuazi said government and management of the Corporation should frantically begin to map out strategies on how to commercialize and breakaway from the tradition of over-dependence on the latter for funding.

The University of Ibadan don and also as one time Managing Director of the NFC posited that despite the "underground" nature of operation of the film industry in Nigeria, largely due to lack of empirical data and accompanying statistics, the sector has come out of the woods and today is a dominant force in African cinema sphere and across the globe. He also argued that the industry is key to the recent rebasing of the GDP of Nigeria which gives the country the largest economy status in Africa, United Nations, the World Bank, UNESCO, multinational organisations, the organised private sector and some of the many quarters that have shown interest in Nollywood, he said. It is against such background that the NFC should be commercialised, Dr. Ekwuazi said. Enumerating the numerous advantages that the Corporation can enjoy from the exercise, he advised that all the egg-heads that can make this work should be put together to fashion out the modalities and structures for a smooth take-off of the commercialization of the Nigerian Film Corporation. In its contribution to the discourse, the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Umar Jibrin pledged the support of the Legislature in any commercialization attempt that will change the fortunes of the Corporation and make it to perform at optimal level in the discharge of her statutory responsibilities. He said the dwindling allocation to public agencies of government is occasioned by the reality on ground that government cannot cater for all of its agencies. He encouraged all to key in and support the idea. Other contributors called for caution and adequate preparations before the take-off of commercialization for the NFC so that it does not go the moribund way of other commercialized public enterprises.


Charting New Funding and Distribution Models for Nollywood

For the Nigerian film industry to attain further growth, stakeholders have been urged to look at the wide range of financing and distribution opportunities that will sustain the industry.
Germaine issues on funding and distribution dominated the second round table discussion on film and trade. Keynote speakers and other lead discussants at the forum did not hesitate to point out that inspite of the huge successes recorded by Nollywood, funding remains a debilitating factor that has impeded growth.
Speaking on the "Fundamental Models of Film Business and Financing: The Nigerian Experience", Mr. Hope Yongo of the Nigerian Import and Export Bank (NEXIM) said the menace of piracy, imperfect empirical data and statistics, poor film business plans and distribution chains, obscured intellectual property rights law on film, amongst others makes investors especially from financial institutions to shy away from providing funding. He however expressed the hope that with ongoing efforts of the Federal Government and NEXIM Bank, all of that is about to change. He also encouraged film makers to key into the opportunities that such changes are about to bring by repositioning themselves to fit in.
Mr. Ahmed I.K. from the Bank of Industry (BoI) in his contribution said the Bank is entertainment friendly and have entered some partnerships that will help in the distribution and exhibition downstream of film production. He also called for attitudinal change among filmmakers whom he said must begin to consider filmmaking as not only a hobby but business venture.
Mr. Dayo Ogunyemi from New York, United States, in his interventions said Nollywood must begin to look at other distribution options outside the traditional outlets that have been bedevilled by piracy. He shocked everyone when he mentioned that pirates make millions of dollars pirating Nollywood films in the States. He called for inclusiveness to address the menace by asking all involved to embrace financially rewarding alternative outlets of distributing Nollywood films.

HIGH POINTS OF ZIFF, 2014

  • Official opening of the ZIFF 2014 at the Silverbird Galleria and recognition and award presentation to Madam Teresa Maria Fernandez De La Vega as Special Envoy for the Voice of Women in Africa.

  • 2014 Annual NFC Lecture on “Transformation and Nationhood: "The Role of Film", presented by Keynote Speaker, Professor Enoch Oyedele.
  • Official Opening of ZIFF 2014 FilmX and Exhibition at Nicon Luxury Hotel.

  • Film Screenings at the Silverbird Galleria.

  • Round Table discussions on Commercialization of the Nigerian Film Corporation as a Way of Support Growth in the Film Industry.

  • Film Trade Forum on Funding and Distribution Alternatives in Nollywood.

  • Emerging Talents Sessions for Film, Theatre and Communication Students.

  • Closing Ceremony and Awards Presentation to Winners of ZIFF, 2014.


 

 

 



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