Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, Managing Director/Chief Executive, Nigerian Film Corporation
The Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) has called for film project entries for the 10th edition of ZUMA Film Festival, scheduled to take place from December 1 to 7, 2019 in Abuja, Nigeria for the Festival Co-production Market and Pitching Forum. Submission of entries which has opened, closes on October 15, 2019.
According to a statement issued by the NFC in Jos, Plateau State and signed by Brian Etuk, its Head of Public anf Intergovernmental Affairs, the Co-production Market and Pitching Forum is to enable film professionals and emerging talents meet, interact and pitch their film projects to financiers/funders, production companies, distributors/exhibitors as well as sales agents.
Securing of co-production deals and funding opportunities for film projects, is the key objective of the Co-production Market/Pitching Forum, Etuk further said.
Eligibile for the feature film projects submission iinclude emerging film directors and producers pursuing film and theatre arts in public and private film institutions; aside practicing filmmakers with less than five (5) years professional experience.
Only film projects that promote Peace, expose the menace of human migration and modern day slavery, as well as those on the negative effects of Illicit drugs shall be accepted and considered for the competition.
The statement added that all film entries are expected to be accompanied by character treatment analysis, budget estimate for the production as well as detailed marketing and distribution plan as those which do not meet the requirements or are incompatible with the theme of the Co-Production Market/Pitching Forum would not be considered.
The statement further informed that producers and, or Directors whose pitch meet the requirements of the Judges and investors would receive funding support for their projects, additing that the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) would facilitate financial assistance and grants from strategic partners for the realization of their film projects.
Etuk, said that further details on the entries could be obtained from the NFC website – www.nfc.gov.ng and zuma film festival website – www.zumafilmfest.gov.ng or email: firstname.lastname@example.org, just as he assured that the NFC would provide participation logistical support to Producers and/or Directors whose films would be selected.