Piracy, Government and the Film Corporation Bill

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The Problem Statement

The clash between the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) and practitioners in the film industry has raised concerns following a bill currently in the House of Representatives which seeks to transform the former into the Nigerian Film Commission.

The Nigerian Film Corporation is faced with poor funding, piracy, weak commitment from the government, inadequate infrastructures and facilities amongst others.

The Policy Solution

An Act to repeal the Nigerian Film Corporation Act, CAP. N109, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, and Re-Enact the Nigerian Film Commission Act, 2016, to regulate the Film Industry in Nigeria produce films both for domestic consumption and for export and to encourage local talents by way of training, financial support and other related matters.

The Corporation is therefore charged with the responsibility of planning, promoting, regulating the import of foreign crews and their activities in Nigeria, advice the federal government generally on regulatory and developmental matters and organizing an integrated and efficient development of the Nigerian Film Industry.

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NIGAC Constructive Position/Take

The Federal Government has revealed that it is reforming and commercialising the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) to address the agency’s challenges and reposition it for improved performance.

NFC, which was established with a mandate to plan, promote, organise and co-ordinate the development of the Nigerian motion picture industry, has not been able to meet up with its statutory functions.

Since its establishment, the Corporation has faced several challenges including the inability to engage in commercial film production.

The reform of the corporation will help in the efforts of the government to reposition the nation’s film industry, Nollywood, and make Nigeria the capital of entertainment in Africa.

It would also lead to wealth, employment creation, promoting the film industry would help to build inclusion and reduce social tension.

 

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