The Managing Director of Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), Dr Chidia Maduekwe, has urged filmmakers to maintain Nigeria’s second place in quantity films produced globally, by enhancing the quality of their films.
The Director made this appeal at the opening ceremony of a seven-day Zuma Film Festival in Abuja.
The theme of the festival is titled: “Show the Money”, which highlights the enormous commercial benefits that could come from investing in the industry.
Maduekwe said that the industry does not only provide entertainment, but is also an excellent place to invest in film production, which would provide money for stakeholders in the industry.
According to Maduekwe, many opportunities are available in this industry in terms of content creation, employment generation and wealth creation, and cross border impact.
Maduekwe mentioned that the 2022 Zuma Film Festival was arranged to provide a platform for film networking between Nigerian filmmakers and their peers from other countries.
“The film festival aims to explore and expand film co-production opportunities that will be profitable for Nigerian filmmakers and acknowledge and reward cinematic excellence and entrench professionalism.
“The festival will expand the export potential of Nigerian films and uphold Nigeria as Africa’s tourism and film destination hub,” added the NFC chief.
He again commended the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Administration for collaborating with the agency to host the 12 edition of the festival in Abuja.
Malam Muhammed Musa, the Minister of FCT, indicated that the FCT Administration decided to host the film festival, not because Abuja City is a wonderful location for film production, but also to motivate young people to explore other opportunities in film production.
Mr Samuel Attang, the Director of Operations and Strategy, expressed his confidence that the industry would enhance youth empowerment and reduce poverty.