The film industry holds a bright future for Nigeria if properly harnessed – Anyiam-Osigwe

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Peace Anyiam-Osigwe is the founder of the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), which is run through the African Film Academy. In this exclusive interview with ZEBULON AGOMUO, Editor, she said that beyond the yearly glamorous award events organised by AMAA, it does a lot of trainings for old and young practitioners across Africa. She also spoke on the huge opportunity waiting to be tapped in the film industry; why governments at all levels must show more interest in the creative industry, among other issues in the sector. Excerpts:

Could you please speak briefly about the activities of AMAA beyond the glamourous awards that hold every year? Are there some other engagements and roles that AMAA undertakes or plays (as the case may be), and how involved is it in the development of film industry in Nigeria, nay, Africa?

AMAA is 15 years this year. It was set up to celebrate film makers in Africa and also train people across Africa. AMAA has been training for the past 14 years. We came up with three weeks’ intensive programme which is not just training in films but also the antecedents of films – everything that has to do with films. About 10 days of in-house training, which includes you actually listening to workshops; you actually coming up with your scripts, and learning the basic rudiments and you guys forming your little groups afterwards. You then shoot a short film or you practise what you have learnt in the training. So, across Africa over the past 14 years, we have done training for approximately ten thousand (10,000) students. Last year, we were in Rwanda; we worked with the film school of Cuba; we trained about 100 film makers in documentary which is very important for Rwanda because … Read More...

S/East governors not harnessing huge opportunity in film production in their domain – Anyiam-Osigwe

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Governors of the South East geo-political zone have been challenged to henceforth, take serious interest in the thriving film industry in their domain in order to harness the huge gross domestic product (GDP) and increase their internally generated revenue (IGR). The call was made in Lagos by Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, founder of the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), in an exclusive interview with BDSUNDAY.

Anyiam-Osigwe, who made the call on the back of her discovery during a recent two-day training on film making in Enugu, said that the state governors were just sitting on huge wealth without tapping into it for the greater good of their people, noting that the apparent lack of interest in the film making business and lack of assistance to youths who wish to pursue such career were unhealthy for socio-economic wellbeing of the zone.

“I discovered that there is void of information in the South East.There’s so much activity going on in the film industry there; but they don’t really know. This is me speaking to businesses and governments in South East and South-South; I don’t think they get it. To be honest with you, I don’t think the governor of Enugu, Ebonyi, Abia, Imo (well, Imo is just coming in) – the other two-term governors, I don’t think they get the huge GDP that is going on there because it is undocumented,” she said.

According to her, “There’s a lot of money there, but these people seem unaware. While I was in Enugu and Asaba, almost 200 productions were going on almost at the same time on an average budget of N2.5million to N15million each production.

“You have students in Nsukka doing their own; they get together, they may raise N1million, do their production and put on YouTube or they sell … Read More...