France’s Alliance Francaise and Nigeria’s National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) have signed a deal to distribute and showcase the two countries’ films through the “French-Nigerian Film Distribution Conference.”
The agreement was inked during a visit by the Ambassador of France to Nigeria, Jerome Pasquier recently in Abuja.
The Executive Director of the board, Adedayo Thomas and the Director of the Institue Francaise, Arnand Durnon signed the contract on behalf of the two organisations.
Thomas said that the collaboration would present a platform where producers, investors, distributors and other stakeholders in the film industries of both countries could come together and discuss mutually beneficial deals.
He noted that the joint venture would, among other benefits, promote and encourage the distribution of Nollywood films in France.
He explained that the two parties had conceived ‘French-Nigerian Cinema Days’, to showcase and screen the two countries’ films as part of the distribution conference scheduled to take place later in the year.
Thomas added that Nigerian distributors were more than happy with the opportunity to collaborate with leading French distributors such as Studiocan, Bacfilms and Pathe as part of the collaboration plan.
He said that French distributors love releasing movies from various different nationalities because France considers itself a country of moviegoers with more than 5,000 cinemas.
The French Envoy, Mr Pasquier said that he was delighted at the collaboration, adding that it was an opportunity for both countries to strengthen bilateral relations and grow their film industries.
Pasquier said that the film industries in Nigeria and France are contributing substantially to their economies and that this agreement would further present great opportunities for both countries and bring better relationships, not only between the two governments but also between their citizens as well.