Friday, 30 June 2017

FG releases N420m grant to Nollywood

FG releases N420m grant to Nollywood

The federal government says it has released N420.2m to Nollywood to improve and support aspiring practitioners.

Patricia Deworitshe, deputy director of information, federal ministry of finance, on Friday, said the money, which is the second tranche payment, will benefit 105 film distributors.

The federal government had earlier introduced the ‘Project Act Nollywood,’ with three primary components aimed at developing the movie making value chain.

For More:Visit Us at Uju Ayalogu's Blog

The components are the Film Production Fund (FPF), Capacity Building Fund (CBF) and Innovative Distribution Fund (IDF).

The FPF and CBF have been fully implemented, while the IDF, which is the third component of the project, is on-going.

The IDF covers online, national, regional and community categories of Nollywood film distribution and exhibition.

The objectives of IDF are to improve the distribution network of Nigerian audio-visual contents, cut down on piracy, create jobs, and protect intellectual property rights (IPR) within the Nigerian entertainment industry.

N1.8bn was approved for disbursement to 106 beneficiaries in this component, and N1.335bn was disbursed earlier in the year as the first tranche to 105 beneficiaries.

Deworitshe said that before the release of the second tranche, the finance ministry had earlier carried out a successful monitoring and evaluation of the first tranche disbursement.

“Fifteen community cinemas and viewing centres have been established through the grant and this has improved the distribution network of movies in Nigeria,” she said.

“The programme has supported 18 firms in strengthening online distribution platforms, this has helped curb illegal downloads and piracy.

“Two hundred and fifty-six permanent jobs and 544 temporary jobs have been created through the financial support provided to 105 beneficiaries by the programme.”

For More:Visit Us at Uju Ayalogu's Blog

Deworitshe said the programme had also aided the extension of the Nollywood industry to sub-Sahara Africa through the funding of national distributors to expand their distribution capacity and network.

She said through the programme, distributors had expanded their capacity to lip-synching their content in French for onward distribution to the ECOWAS sub-region.

Are you an artiste? Do you want your music to go viral and reach a large number of audience? Promote your music and Submit your story  on Ujuayalogusblog.com by clicking here. For Advert Inquiries Tel/+44(0)7590363984 Subscribe to Ujuayalogusblog.com News!

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 2015-2017 @ Uju Ayalogu's Blog NIGERIAN NEWS
For More:Visit Us at Uju Ayalogu's Blog



Share:

No comments :