The first Investiture and Award Ceremony of Film and Video Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria, ( FVPMAN) Lagos Branch will take place on Sunday, 30th October at the Rock View Hotel in Festac town.
This was announced by the Chairman of the association Mr. Emeka Aduah, who said that the association will henceforth continue to reward those who have contributed immensely to the growth and development of the industry. Aduah, said red carpet for days event will commence by 3pm .
The award category includes Nollywood Pacesetter award, Nollywood Legendary award, best upcoming artistes male and female, Nollywood evergreen award and Nollywood Leadership award. Aduah said the industry is opening new frontiers of recognition, by further raising the stakes to reward some of the best talents in different categories with its first investiture and award ceremony couple with other programmes lined up by the association to clean up what he considered as the impediments suffered by practitioners and lovers of Nigerian movies over time by bringing in reforms in different areas to suit and please the consumers most especially, lovers of Nigerian movies whom he said have kept the industry alive by patronizing and criticising them.
Speaking on some of these reforms, Aduah said, the association has ensured that consumers buy sequel films and they see the end of those films, most especially films that have four or more parts as the case might be. Aduah said in the past, viewers didn’t get to see the end since they come different titles, but the association has ensured that all the films must start with a title and end with it and no movie must exceed 52 minutes .
Aduah further declared pirates as the greatest menace of the industry, as they’ve reaped where they did not sow, hence the association is leaving no stone unturned in this regard, as those caught are currently facing the law.
He also pledged that the association will do more in this regard to weed off more pirates. Another major problem Aduah considered as a threat to the growth and development of the industry is the influx of foreign films in the markets.
He said most of the foreign films are not censored, yet they keep flooding the markets and the different organizations responsible in checkmating these activities are not doing anything, yet they sell side by side with Nigerian films that are censored.
While calling on the federal government to ensure in safeguarding what he considers as the livewire of this business, he also called for both the corporate organizations, brands, banks, GSM companies and private individuals to partner with them. Aduah concluded by saying “the essence of the award night is to create further awareness of who we are and let the world know more of our activities, from employment, reforms, and also recognize those who have contributed to the growth of the industry, from the script to the screen”.