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Nigerian Film Corporation Unveils Co-Production Handbook to Promote Nigeria-South Africa Audio-Visual Cooperation

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Nigerian Film Corporation Unveils Co-Production Handbook to Promote Nigeria-South Africa Audio-Visual Cooperation
The Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) has launched the Co-Production Procedure and Practice Handbook at the Durban Filmmart in South Africa. This handbook will facilitate the implementation of the Nigeria-South Africa Audio-Visual Cooperation Agreement and promote collaboration between the two nations in the film industry. Several South African government agencies and production studios have also expressed their interest in investing in Nigeria's film sector.

The Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) has taken a significant step towards strengthening cooperation in the film industry with the launch of the Co-Production Procedure and Practice Handbook. The unveiling took place at the Durban Filmmart in South Africa, where stakeholders from Nigeria, South Africa, and other nations gathered to witness this historic event.

The Co-Production Procedure and Practice Handbook is a vital resource that outlines guidelines and requirements for co-production engagements between Nigerian and South African film stakeholders. It aims to facilitate joint and collaborative film projects seamlessly and ensure a smooth implementation of the Nigeria-South Africa Audio-Visual Cooperation Agreement.

Addressing the audience at the Nigeria Co-production and Cooperation Session, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, the NFC's Managing Director/Chief Executive, emphasized the importance of this handbook in promoting cross-border film production activities. He commended the full packed venue and the enthusiastic participation of filmmakers and stakeholders from both nations.

Dr. Maduekwe stated that the unveiling of the Procedure and Practice Handbook was a testament to Nigeria's unwavering commitment to activating the Nigeria-South Africa Audio-Visual Cooperation Agreement. He acknowledged the extensive efforts made by government ministries, departments, audio-visual stakeholders, and implementation agencies to make this collaboration a reality.

The cooperation agreement between Nigeria and South Africa, signed by former President Muhammadu Buhari and Cyril Ramaphosa, required the development of a Procedure and Practice Handbook to guide audio-visual stakeholders and practitioners. South Africa's National Film & Video Foundation had already established a similar handbook, making it the platform to drive conversations and further engagements between both countries.

While the official unveiling of the Procedure and Practice Handbook in Nigeria is scheduled for the Zuma Film Festival in December 2023, Nigerian filmmakers seeking to engage in co-production projects can approach the NFC to access this valuable resource. Dr. Maduekwe assured filmmakers of the readiness of the NFC and the National Film and Video Foundation to fully activate the Audio-Visual Cooperation Agreement.

The unveiling of the Co-Production Procedure and Practice Handbook has generated enthusiasm among South African government agencies and film and television production studios. These entities have expressed their interest in utilizing the Audio-Visual Cooperation Agreement to invest in Nigeria's film industry.

Stained Glass Studios, renowned for producing the longest-running television series in South Africa, UZALO, has offered to partner with Nigerian filmmakers and production companies interested in shooting in Durban. Additionally, they have proposed conducting Film Production Master Classes during the Zuma Film Festival in 2023.

Furthermore, the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) and other South African agencies have indicated their eagerness to invest in Nigeria's film industry. The ECDC has pledged support for the establishment of community viewing entrepreneurial hub development centers across Nigeria. Their commitment aligns with the exhibition and distribution mandates of the NFC under the ICRC guidelines.

In pursuing sustainable partnerships and collaborations for Nigeria's film industry, Dr. Maduekwe has engaged with representatives from the Kenya Film Commission and Namibia Film Commission. He has also exchanged pleasantries with Her Excellency Madam Nomusa Dube-Ncube, Premier (Governor) of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Province in South Africa, who expressed delight at Nigeria's presence in Durban.

The launch of the Co-Production Procedure and Practice Handbook marks an important milestone in Nigeria-South Africa cooperation in the film industry. The handbook's provision of guidelines and requirements will encourage more joint film projects and enhance the growth and development of both nations' film sectors.

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