The Presidency has expressed its willingness to support moviemakers and other allied practitioners through tax breaks, grants and funding opportunities.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made this known while welcoming guests and delegates from around the world at the ongoing Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) in Lagos.
Speaking at this year’s AFRIFF, Managing Director of Access Bank, Mr. Herbert Wigwe who also doubles as patron of the festival pledged his support for Filmmakers and aspiring Filmmakers through the AFRIFF and Accelerate Filmmakers Project respectively.
Also speaking was the French Consul General, Lagos, Mr. Laurent Polonceaux who said: “This is a great opportunity for us because this is the first time that the French government is involved with Africa. We will be having two days at the festival for French films, with possibility of co-production with Nigeria and Africa.”
Laurent disclosed that arrangement has been made to have about 70 film students for further training in France as an exchange programme with AFRIFF.
AFRIFF is an annual week-long showcase of world class films. One of the highlights of this year’s edition, the seventh, running from October 29 to November 4, is the premiere of Kenneth Gyang’s new film, The Lost Café. The film, a collaboration between Nigeria and Norway stars actors like Tunde Aladese and Ann Njemanze among others.
Also a hub for filmmaking training, talent workshop for entrants and movies and documentaries showcase, some of the films to screen this year are Oreva, Still Water Runs Deep, Keteke (Train), Roti, Yemoja: Rise of the Orisha, Zawaja Gali (Marriage is expensive), Hakkunde, Chicha (Cameroon), The Mob (Ghana) and Les Sauteurs, a documentary done by collaboration between Senegal and Denmark.
Famed screenwriters, producers, actors, actresses, filmmakers are at this year’s event. Some of those present are Wale Ojo, Uche Jombo, Linda Ejiofor, Hilda Dokubo and Kunle Afolayan.
Lagos Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, represented the Governor of Lagos State.