Bodies Inside Nollywood

Bodies in the movie industry

By Uduma Kalu
Independent Television Producers Association of Nigeria (ITPAN)

This ensures that the African film, television and video develop to international standard with adequate training of practitioners in the various fields. It hopes to train practitioners in the various areas of production-scriptwriting, producing, directing management, camera operation, lighting, editing, set designs, special effects, costume and make up, continuity and acting, etc.
The ITPAN Training School established in 1998 with Ford Foundation grant sharpens skills of film/television producers and practitioners in the West African region along with provision of facilities to train local trainees who will in turn train other practitioners.
Nigerian Actors Guild
This rose due to the need to enhance professionalism in directing, encourage and propagate research in film production, create and establish a code of conduct and ethics, train, protect the interest of directors and above all harmonise the vocation of directing.
Criteria for membership of this guild are those among whom may have directed a film, have credit as assistant director in film, in process, or as a movie director.

Nigerian Video Marketers Association (NVMA)
This is the major body in the industry fighting piracy and protecting interest of marketers. It has a taskforce on video rentals club to fight piracy and infringement on the copyright of producers. The nine- year old group, also aims to protect the copyright video production in Nigeria. Members of the club is drawn from zones-Kaduna, Lagos, Aba and Onitsha.

National Union of Motion Picture Practitioners
This intends to act as umbrella body of all existing guilds and associations in the movie industry. Now recognised by NAG, Directors’ Guild of Nigeria, it hopes to ensure that members and the movie industry are protected.

Association of Movie Producers.

This groups aims at taking care of interest of movie producers, enlighten producers on what film production entails, protect members’ interest and work towards the development of the movie industry.

Video Club Owners Association

Formed three years ago to deny piracy, stressing that the Nigerian copyright law recognises plays incorporated in videocassette as eligible for copyright protection. Rose as calls on Nigerian Copyright Commission to ban all video all rental outfits of home video.

Conference of Motion Pictures Practitioners

Formed in 1999 as umbrella body to take care of other guilds and associations in the movie industry, it claims large membership of about 200 practitioners, 40 directors, producers 50, cameramen, and editors. It aims to train and retrain practitioners, ensure broad level distribution network for the films; fight piracy and creating a standard and equity for all practitioners, and to organise movie festivals.


The Nigerian Film Corporation

Establish 24 years ago in 1979 by Decree 19 of 1979, it tries to encourage the development of cinematography, theatre, produced by Nigerians, by way of financial and other assistance, establishment of and maintenance of facilities for film production, production of film for export, establishment of national film archives etc. strives to stay above board amidst lots of criticism from film makers.

Acting director Dr Hyginus Ekwuazi, took over office from Brendan Shehu who retired after 14 years of manning the corporation. He has taken steps to revitalise the celluloid sector and created an atmosphere of peace between the filmmakers and the corporation through a forum in 1999 called The Nigerian Film Corporation and You. The aim was to prepare filmmakers for the task ahead in the new millennia.

Nigerian Copyright Commission

This is a governmental monitor of the creative industry for any form of copyright violation on the rights of creators of intellectual properties. Established 10 years, it has faced allegations from home video practitioners for failing to ban rental clubs. Its Director General is Moses Ekpo. He has reiterated his stand to ban clubs that infringes copyright laws. To check excesses of video rentals clubs, Decree 37 subsection 4 empowers the commission to make regulations of a business involving the production, public exhibition, hiring or rental of any work in which copyright subsists.
It has introduced a security outfit called Hologram affixed to all tapes for sale. Any tape not carrying it is deemed pirated and seized and destroyed.

National Film and video Censors Board.

Established in 1993, this is a Leader in the country’s movie industry. It commenced operation in 1994. It took over operation from defunct Federal Board of Film Censors created in 1963 as replacement of the colonial film censorship outfit established in 1933.
The board commenced operation with Iyawo (Part One) in 1994 but has since registered, examined, analysed and classified 1,300 home video productions. It sponsored research report on The Impact of Film and Video on age 7_17 in Lagos State. It is compiling a directory of films and video outlets in Nigeria covering 110 urban centres. A code of ethics and production for Film makers in Nigeria’ has also been drafted to enhance sanitation, regulation and control of the movie industry.


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