A Nollywood actor and film producer, Aniebiet Francis has made a call on the Akwa Ibom State Government under the leadership of Mr Udom Emmanuel to provide a grant for film production houses as an intervention in other to grow their trade.
Aniebiet, a frontline producer in the State made the plea on Wednesday via a post on her Facebook account, saying that the criteria set to access the grant by the Federal government through the Bank Of Industry (BOI) for filmmakers across Nigeria doesn’t favour upcoming producers and the only way out for indigenous producers in Akwa Ibom is a grant by the State Government.
“BOI is giving a grant to filmmakers in Nollywood, but the criteria are not for us, upcoming producers. Ten years from now, the majority of our producers may not meet those criteria.”
“What is the way forward? Our government, Akwa Ibom State Government should come to the rescue! Akwa Ibom movie Industry needs a grant for film productions!”
Also, considering the huge amount required to create globally accepted productions, Aniebiet who recently rounded up her third feature film production, further added that if the sum of N100 million was injected into the film industry an gets to the hands of authentic producers, a lot will change in the State’s entertainment sub-sector.
“If 100m is injected into Akwa Ibom film industry, and this money reaches authentic movie producers and filmmakers, the fortunes of the movie industry will change!”
In Delta State, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on January 14, 2020, through the State House of Assembly had approved N5bn for the Delta Film Village. Okowa in a letter to the legislators said that the project when completed would not only boost the revenue base of Delta State but would also create jobs for their youths.
It can be recalled that in 2010, President Goodluck Jonathan had splashed a grant of $200 million (N32million) and another N3 billion in 2013 for Nollywood through the NEXIM Bank and the Bank Of Industry (BOI).