Film Censors Board unveils authentication seal

Participants at the conference. Image:NAN

The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB),has unveiled the Film and Video authentication seal as part of efforts to curb piracy.

The Executive Director of the board, Alhaji Adedayo Thomas unveiled the seal at a conference organised by the NFVCB in collaboration with the Department of Theatre Arts and Music, Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, in Lagos, south west Nigeria.

Thomas said the seal, which has several unique security features that cannot be forged or manipulated, was produced to distinguish every film or video that was classified by the NFVCB from those ones not classified and approved.

While it will aid the NFVCB to differentiate between classified and unclassified films, it will also reduce the incident of piracy to a large extent.

“When a film is classified and approved, the owner or distributor will apply for the label after payment of approved fees.

“He or she would be issued authentication labels for the number of copies to be replicated as ascertained by the NFVCB.

“We, therefore, need you to buy-in on this laudable project which hopefully will clear the market of unclassified, unapproved and, of course, pirated films/video works.

“The NFVCB, among its other functions, is empowered to censor and classify all films and video works to be distributed and or exhibited in Nigeria, and licence all film and video distributors and exhibitors in Nigeria,” he said.

The conference was organised to bring both the practitioners and the regulator together to discuss salient issues that technology had brought to the fore in movie production and distribution.

Theme of the conference was: “Film Distribution and Regulation in Emerging New Markets in Africa.’’