WHAT CRYSTAL AWARD WILL DO FOR NOLLYWOOD
Chairperson of Nollywood Business Forum, Zeb Ejiro has been speaking on the organisation role for the Crystal Awards coming up in July.
The ace movie and television producer and director explains that Nollywood will never be same after.
The Crystal Award according to him, the Managing Director of Exim Bank India has gracefully accepted to deliver a paper on film financing with the most minimal cash.
This model has worked in India very well and Nigeria banks will do well to be part of this film. Aside this, the Commonwealth Business Council led by Peter Longworth will also be on ground to explain to Nigerian what it means to have a vibrant entertainment industry.
“We have four days of serious business beginning from the 10th of July running through the 13th. The first two days will see discussion on film financing with emphasis on local and international distribution while the last two days will see us celebrating in the biggest party even in Nollywood which ends in the Crystal Awards.
Already the Nollywood Academy of Arts and Sciences have been selecting and classifying the awards categories, Dr. Victoria Ezeokoli, the Chairperson Governing Board of NAS and her group have already met severally to see that Nigeria gets a very befitting award ceremonies.
Continuing, Ejiro says we do not only want to do awards for awards sake, we want to improve the business climate of Nollywood so that people do not only talk about the glamour but to seek ways of financing the glamour.
After July 2008, I fervently hope that the Nigeria movie industry will not be same, if the new distribution frame work eventually comes on stream, everything will change for the better. We would launch the N50 million film fund where Nollywood producers could pull from. We have entries for over 17 scripts to be supported.
We have received information that former UN scribe Kofi Annan will be in Nigeria to be part of the event. Also the biggest production company in India BR Production are set to collaborate with.