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Nollywood: 12 Nigerian Film projects pitched for co-production with French producers

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By Joshua Olomu

Twelve Nigerian film projects have been presented to French filmmakers at the maiden edition of the French- Nigeria Cinema Days for co-production deals .

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the films written, and to be directed by Nigerian filmmakers, were announced on Wednesday at the event holding from July 2-3 at the Alliance Francaise in Lagos State.

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Mr Yoann Talhouarne, Regional Audiovisual Attaché, Embassy of France in Nigeria, while making the announcement, said that over 50 Nigerian film proposals were submitted, from where the 12 were selected.

After the announcement, the Directors of the proposed films then have a ‘one-one’ presentations with some of the French film professionals and distributors, including Loco Films,Canal+ International,Arizona Films, Orange Studio and Les Filmsd’ici. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Others include Colona Films, Indie Prod and JBA Production and Page 49, with areas of possible collaboration to include funding, production, marketing and distribution.

Mr Adedayo Thomas, Executive Director of the National Film and Video Censor Board (NFVCB), expressed delight over the feat in an interview with NAN on the sideline.

He noted that the collaborative venture will, among other incentives, encourage and promote the distribution of Nollywood movies in France and Europe.

“This event is preceded by an earlier agreement to have a platform where investors, producers, distributors and other stakeholders in the motion picture industries of both countries could meet for mutually beneficial deals.

“The French distributors take delight in releasing movies from many different nationalities, whether big or small, as it is their belief that the French movie goers 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, from 39 in the last two years.

“Its film industry is acclaimed to be living ‘La vie en rose’ (life in roses), that its Nigerian counterpart would love to attain,” he said.

NAN reports that the French-Nigerian Cinema Days is organised by French Embassy in Nigeria in collaboration with Alliance Francaise, National Film and Video Censors Board(NFVCB) and the Bank of Industry and other industry stakeholders.

It featured panel sessions, screenings, round tables and network receptions, geared towards building sustainable cinema business between both countries.

Joshua O.Olomu is a Film Critic,Media/PR Expert (Entertainment,Tourism,Culture,Fashion writer)
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Senior Correspondent with NAN.

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Disappointment: Order Of The Day In Movie Industry – Sunday Amedu

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Veteran filmmaker, entertainer and director Sunday Amodu has strived through thick and thin in the movie industry over the years and has loads of experience in the art, he made it known to the upcoming and wanabe artists that they would need a lot of preparation and determination as disappointment is the order of the day in the movie industry.

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Mr. Amedu is an Igala descent who started working towards his dream of film making at the age of 7 and set in finally by writing scripts.

After going through study and releasing his first movie in the year 2000, he was the first Igala producer to successfully take an Igala movie to the federal government of Nigeria.

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According to the movie director in an interview with AljazirahNigeria newspapers, when his first movie, “Ejukimenebi” was taken to the Censors Board, they were surprised that they were Igala movies in the industry. adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Eventually his movie became the first Igala movie to be known in the world.

Aside from this particular movie, he also has other good movies to his credit and also working on another great movie presently.

Amodu has worked on a couple of blockbuster movies in the past, like “Danger Of Curiosity” and “Gods Power” another movie that featured top actors including the late Bruno Iwuoha. He successfully produced these movies amongst other mind blowing pieces.

Before now, Igala movies have witnessed little or no recognition in the entertainment industry despite its enormous talent and creativity.

Meanwhile Amodu made emphasis on the fact that the movie industry has been affected not even by the pandemic but for about 5 to 6 years now, and that this effect took off when everything was digitized and the decoders came in to play, “I think the COVID-19 era is the best time for movies to sell because people are mostly indoors and watching movies but unfortunately, people here do not pay attention to the movies.

“However, with my strategy that I am bringing on board, that is my dream of becoming somebody who will champion the Igala world as regards having an Igala movie channel which I launched ten years ago and am still working on, I believe we should have one movie viewing centre where people can log onto”.
He further gave a word of advice to young up and coming artistes and people who intend to venture into the filmmaking business on the right way to go about it and some of the challenges they may face in the process, and their way to success.

“For upcoming artistes, I think they have a long way to go, either as an actor, a writer or a crew member.

They should possess perseverance because disappointment is the order of the day in the movie sector.”He further gave a word of advice to the up and coming actors and people who intend to venture into it that it has to do with his/her thinking.” I advise they should package themselves also.”

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DJ Babus Dies Of COVID-19

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Babatunde Bello, popularly known DJ Babus, has died of coronavirus.

The famous disk jockey passed away on Friday.

He was a Talent Manager at KnightHouse from 2011 to 2014.

Babus graduated from the University of Baltimore in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems and Technology Management.

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A one-time DJ at Four Points by Sheraton, Lagos, was the founder of Crates and Vinyl Entertainment.

Babus was the son of Mrs Nadia Bello, Proprietor of Belinna Schools in Akoka, Lagos.

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President Buhari Reappoints Chidia Maduekwe to Head Film Corporation

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President Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the renewal of the appointment of Dr Chidia Maduekwe as the Managing Director of the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) for a second and final term of four years.

According to a statement by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, the appointments takes effect from March 31, 2021.

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Maduekwe was first appointed in 2017 as the Chief Executive of the NFC, the frontline film agency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The Nigerian Film Corporation, established in 1979, is empowered to lay a solid foundation for the development of a viable and sustainable film industry and cinema culture in Nigeria.

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The Corporation has the mandate of planning, promoting and organising an integrated and efficient growth and development of the Nigerian film industry, including support and training for Nigerian filmmakers. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

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