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Zuma Film Festival 2006

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The Honourable Minister of Information and National Orientation, Chief Chukwuemeka Chikelu, has inaugurated a 14-man Technical Committee to drive the Zuma Film Festival.

At the brief ceremony at Radio House, Abuja, the minister charged the committee to package and give to Nigerians a world-class film festival, one that would “recognise and reward these achievements and encourage the industry to further contribute to national development”.

Although it was not expressly stated, the festival, which is at the instance of government, may finally replace the bi-annual National Film Festival that derived its source from the National Film Policy for Nigeria, which incidentally is now under review.

However, in his opening remarks, the Managing Director of Nigerian Film Corporation, Mr. Afolabi Adesanya, who also doubles as the Zuma Film Festival Technical Committee Chairman, said, “The Zuma Film Festival, which is planned for the first quarter of 2006, in Abuja, has been conceived as a celebration of the remarkable development in the film sector deserving recognition and reward.”

The 14-man technical committee’s membership is drawn from professional groups both within and outside the industry. They are:

Mr. Afolabi Adesanya - Managing Director, NFC Chairman

Representative of NFVCB - Collaborator

Representative of NTA - Media Partner (TV)

Representative of FRCN - Media Partner (Radio)

Balaraba Ramat - Movie Practitioner

Faruk Lasaki - Movie Practitioner

Peace Anyiam-Fiberesima - Movie Practitioner

ABIDEV Consults Ltd. - Marketing Consultant

Pratix Consulting - Project Management Consultant

Insight Grey Communication - Publicity/Advertising

Concept Solutions Acme - Events Management

Kaine Agary - International Networking

Ayo Shonaiya - International Media

Mr. T. F. Benibo - Director (ISS), NFC Head, Festival Secretariat.

The Terms of Reference for the committee the provision of a platform for interaction among film industry practitioners to share experiences, ideas and knowledge that is relevant to the industry; to provide a platform for marketing and distribution of Nigerian films and to present the Nigerian film industry as a viable investment option to the Nigerian and international business communities.

Others are, to present the Nigerian film industry as an alternative source of income generation and employment to the Federal Government; to recognize and reward excellence in the Nigerian motion picture industry; and to promote tourism, Nigerian arts and culture.

Steve Ayorinde. The Punch, Friday, June 03, 2005
 
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