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A University lecturer, Professor Uwemedimo Atakpa of Theatre/Film Studies, University of Uyo (Uniuyo) Akwa Ibom State has advised government at the centre to invest more in film production and exports.

He observed that the worsening unemployment situation in the country, and the decline in oil prices in the global markets have made it imperative for the country to develop and expand its film industry as one of the means of curbing unemployment in the country.

Prof. Atakpa said this during the 61st inaugural lecture of the university in Uyo, with the theme “From Theatre Stage Germaneness to Hollywood’s Artistic Synergy and Economic Survival.”

The professor of Theatre/Film Studies called for a revamp of the Calabar Free Trade Zone, noting that the studios can be a major attraction to filmmakers to do any kind of movies.

His words: “Tourism can be taken more seriously if the film industry expands and film festivals held in places that have had some impact in the tourism industry. Calabar Free Trade Zone with its impressive film studios should be revamped.

“The studios can be a major attraction to filmmakers to do any kind of movies in there. Right now, the studios are comatose and wasting away.

He added: “With oil prices going down, the government can invest more in film production and export. Nollywood has created and will continue to create jobs for the teeming unemployed people”.

Prof. Atakpa urged the Bank of Industry (BoI) to take over the infrastructure available at the film studios and run them for profit, adding that the trend will create jobs for more people in the film industry.

Atakpa also called for the formation of film companies to be legislated to guide the conduct of the industry.

“The formation of film companies should be legislated and laws made to guide the conduct of the industry. For now, it looks like all-comers’ affairs as the guild have no laws backing it for effective control.

“This lawlessness has even eroded the standard of the medium. It discourages sincere labour, and genuine effort faces frustration. This enigma causes colossal loss to both practitioners and the economy,” he said

Atakpa advocated for soft revolving loans for filmmakers whose scripts have already been scrutinised by the censor boards, adding that it is imperative for the board to closely monitor loan approval and disbursement.

He urged Nigerians to key into sets building to remove the Nigerian movies from the ordinary storytelling home videos.

Emphasising the place of set buildings in modern filmmaking, the professor regretted that most Nigerian movies rely on real houses, hotel lobbies, hotel rooms and offices, noting that the borrowed sets have problems as they were not designed originally for the purpose of filmmaking.

Source: https://independent.ng/don-tasks-fg-on-investment-in-film-production/

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