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Filmmakers Seek Passage of Film Commission Bill by National Assembly

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Plateau State chapter of the Nigerian Independent Filmmakers Association has sought the passage of Nigerian Film Commission Bill into law by the National Assembly to enable the current Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) evolve as a Commission.

The body made the call through the Chief Executive Officer of “Lumazio Productions and Entertainment” Mrs. Tokunbo Azubuike in a chat with journalists in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

Mrs. Azubuike explained that when the bill is passed into law, it would enable NFC have more access to film grant, film rebate and other support incentives to film practitioners and with them taking part in disbursement of funds.

The Nigerian Film Cooperation(NFC) has been in existence for 38 years which its major mandates is to produce films both for export and domestic consumption and to encourage local talent by way of training, giving financial support and other related matters but the Corporation has faced dwindling factors that have reduced its efficacy and proper functioning said the group.

According to her, “One of the reasons for evolving to a Commission, the NFC will be the material and necessary muscle to invest in equipment and capital goods and facilities that would enable the growth of a vibrant film industry in Nigeria.”

She applauded the introduction of a National Film Development Fund (NFDF), a new innovation made in the proposed film commission, maintaining that it would be an endowment where budding talents and practitioners will be accessing film fund and would provide film grants meant for development of the neglected film sector in Nigeria.

The bill is being sponsored by Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Umar Jibrin and has passed through second reading.

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