The birth of “Middlewood” seems certain baring any circumstances as filmmakers gathered in Jos, Plateau State for a One-day Interactive Forum, last week . Venue was the main auditorium of the National Film Institute (NFI). Speakers, especially filmmakers who spoke during the period the forum lasted, and those who attended the post interactive meeting called by the stakeholders, where unanimous on the need of the zone to have its own identity. The Nigerian Film Corporation did not attend the post interactive meeting.
The interactive forum held at the instance of The Nigerian Film Corporation, was to apprise stakeholders within the Central Zone of the country of how best the NFC intends to engage individuals, organizations, and government agencies in her drive to provide the road map for the sustainable development of the film sector nationwide. The forum witnessed an impressive turn-out of film makers who had arrived the venue hours before the commencement of the event.Top government functionaries, media, theatre and film practitioners also attend the forum.
Dr. Danjuma Dadu, NFC’s Managing Director/Chief Executive set the ball rolling when he noted in his welcome address that building an enviable film industry for Nigeria should be a collective endeavor and also requires diligent and pragmatic policy making mechanism which all should subscribe to.
Dadu spoke extensively on the gains and challenges he met on ground and his vision to drive the Nigerian Film industry to greater heights as the helmsman of the apex film agency in the country saddled with the responsibility of creating the desired signpost for the industry.