The Nigeria film corporation is set to partner Ghana in co-hosting the Anglophone film festival, beginning from 2020.
This decision was reached when the Managing Director of the Nigerian Film Corporation, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, paid a visit to the Ghana Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture.
The film festival which will be held biennially will alternate between Nigeria and Ghana, at selected venues in both countries, the parties agreed.
At the meeting, the Deputy Minister and host of the meeting, Dr. Ziblim Iddi (MP) noted that Nigeria and Ghana shared a common and fundamental similarity especially in culture and arts, with vast opportunities which are yet to be tapped, and called for an onward harnessing of the opportunities.
Maduekwe informed the meeting of the Nigerian Film Corporation “to robustly engage domestic and foreign film stakeholders, including public and private agencies in the development of the creative industry”.
“The fulcrum for the sustainable development of the film sector and promotion of a harmonious film art and business is the emplacement of beneficial partnerships and collaborations”, he said, while informing his host on the key mandate of the NFC.
The NFC boss assured that all issues discussed and agreed at the meeting, will be captured in the memorandum of understanding that would be signed soon amongst the partnering bodies.
Among the collaborative and partnership issues agreed on are: a formalized co-production agreement between Nigeria and Ghana, provisions for students exchange programme between premiere film institutes of both nations, (the National Film Institute, Jos, and the National Film & Television institute, Accra), and the co-hosting of Anglophone Biennial Film Festival.