Nigerian Filmmakers call for alternative funding


Some filmmakers in Nigeria have urged the Government and financial institutions in the country to ensure easy access to loans for filmmakers in order to improve the quality of films produced in the country.

The filmmakers said on Monday in Lagos that access to funds remained the biggest challenge facing movie practitioners in the country.

Ralph Nwadike, President, Association of Video Producers of Nigeria, said filmmakers needed encouragement in terms of funding and access to quick loans with flexible collateral.

He said that film quality could only be improved when film makers have access to funds through flexible loans which would help them come up with their best.

According to him, the federal government has created a loan platform for filmmakers but was not enough to achieve remarkable growth in the industry.

He, therefore called for the establishment of more soft loan platforms for film makers.

“When we have enough money in the system, better films will be released into the market; so we need to be encouraged in terms of funding.

”The banks have to ensure ease of borrowing and the federal government must do more in creating soft loan platforms that will be accessible to all filmmakers.

”With access to good money, better quality films will be produced,” he said.

Nwadike said the association would not relent in ensuring that filmmakers improve on the quality of their films.

According to him, the association constantly organises symposia, educating film makers on the need to produce quality films.

“We will continue to be having our symposia in order to educate filmmakers on the essence of producing good and quality films,” he said.

Emeka Aduah, Chairman, Film Video Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria (FVPMAN), said for improvement in films produced in Nigeria, the federal government must consider engaging film makers in capacity building programmes.

According to him, this will help filmmakers acquire more experience and compete favourably with their counterparts in other climes.

“Government needs to channel its energy toward helping filmmakers in this country, with the little associations are doing.

“We need chains of access to loans that we all can access for easy and quality film production,” he said.