Benefits of Nigeria's Membership of FIAPF

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During the 2011 edition of the world's most popular international film festival - Festival de Cannes in France -, Nigeria, through the platform of the very proactive and elitist Association of Nollywood Core Producers (ANCOP), was formally admitted as the second African member-nation of the prestigious International Federation of Film Producers' Associations (FIAPF).

For starters, FIAPF is to film producing at global level what the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) is to the game of football at global level. Created in 1933, FIAPF is the only existing global trade organization dedicated to the defense and promotion of the legal, economic and creative interests of film producers throughout the world.

As at today, the only other African member-nation of FIAPF is Egypt. In fact, FIAPF members are national producers' organizations from over 30 countries across the globe: from Europe to Asia-Pacific, Africa to Latin America and North America.

Other member-countries of FIAPF include but not limited to Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Indian, Iran, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

Advocacy and policy work is top on the list of FIAPF's benefits to Nollywood. This global organization actively promotes film producers' interests through advocacy work in the main regional and international political arenas considered as top priorities by its members in terms of impact on the film production sector.

At the request of its members, FIAPF also contributes to national debates in the name of the foreign film producers' community. FIAPF is committed to the growth of the audiovisual sector worldwide, as a strategic factor in the economic and social development of countries. In that context, FIAPF is a registered NGO of over 30 years at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as well as the European Union institutions. In this c

apacity, FIAPF is involved in debates on relevant WIPO policies. FIAPF's action includes contributing to policy debates through position papers, public workshops, targeted information on the contribution of film and audiovisual to development, ad-hoc alliances with other organizations from the audiovisual and/or the creative industries at large.

In a nutshell, FIAPF advocacy is multi-faceted, involving interaction with all relevant decision-makers in international fora. FIAPF members receive regular reports on the political developments at WIPO as well as the European Union. FIAPF reports place special emphasis on the ways in which new legislation or regulation may impact the film production sector in specific ways.

FIAPF reports and membership meetings allow Nollywood to be kept fully aware of the most recent developments in international copyright statute and how it may impact producers' capacity to finance and commercialize films; other common challenges for the film production community worldwide such as copyright enforcement and the transition to digital distribution models are also in FIAPF's remit.

Key players could use the background provided by FIAPF as a contribution to Nollywood's developing informed positions on legislative and regulatory developments in Nigeria. The cornerstone of FIAPF's advocacy is its strong belief in the positive contribution made by the film industry to the economic, social and cultural development of countries.

A robust Intellectual Property (IP) system is the prerequisite for the film sector to deliver its full potential as a driver for innovation, creativity and competitiveness and an engine for job creation and economic growth/sustainability. Nigeria: Inside Nollywood - Benefits of Nigeria's Membership of FIAPF


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This is great news. Kudus to the Nollywood industry, an honor earned and well deserved. Thank God for the visionaries!


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Here is the concluding part of my essay on the benefits of Nigeria's membership of the International Federation of Film Producers' Associations (FIAPF) through the platform of the very dynamic Association of Nollywood Core Producers (ANCOP). Enjoy it.

...A stable commercial and regulatory environment should ensure the production, financing and distribution of films: Legislation must ensure the most favorable environment to guarantee meeting consumers' demand for creative content, both in the offline and online world.

Indeed the commercial viability of film distribution services online fully depends on the consumers' demand and on building effective commercial mechanisms that allow the producer to recoup the investment in the film as well as continue to produce films.

Not only that, Governments and the organized private sector should work with local film communities in educating the public and creating a climate in which the role of a producer, the investment necessary to create a film, and the importance of producers' economic and cultural contributions are clear.

A promoter of international business-driven solutions: By joining FIAPF, Nigerian producers will have an on-going interaction with important industry bodies set up at the international level for the benefit of the whole film sector, e.g.: (a). AGICOA and ISAN: FIAPF is a founding partner of the Global Producers' Royalties Agency (AGICOA) and of the International Standard Audiovisual Number Agency (ISAN-IA); FIAPF is a member of the governing bodies of both organizations. Nigeria: Benefits of Nigeria's Membership of FIAPF to Nollywood (3)
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