Where Is The Market For Documentary Films
The Committee For Relevant Art (CORA) is presenting the 90th Art Stampede on Sunday, March 25, with the theme: Where Is the Market For Documentary Films? It will hold from 12.noon, at Terra Kulture, the Nigerian Cultural Centre, on Victoria Island.
The art stampede is a quarterly, discursive forum around the arts and culture production. This edition is being held, in collaboration with iREP, under the aegis of the iREP Documentary Film Festival. It will feature a keynote address by Sandra Obiago, Founder/Director of Communicating For Change and a panel of discussants including the filmmakers Mahmoud Ali-Balogun and Charles Novia.
The “creative treatment of actuality” has been commercially successful at the box office, elsewhere in the world. Works like Fahrenheit 9/11, Super Size Me, Food, Inc., Earth, March of the Penguins, and An Inconvenient Truth have put good money in their producers’ pockets. Can this happen here? What is the mindset of the broadcast houses? Even if they are interested, does this necessarily translate to living wages for the producer? This edition of the art stampede will look at the economics of documentary film making and ask a key question: can this vocation be a career pursuit? Can documentary filmmaking pay its way in Nigeria? What are the possible distribution outlets? What is the role of broadcasting?
There will be, as always, an interactive conversation with the audience that’s expected to include film and communications students, filmmakers, professional broadcasters; TV’s programme managers, cultural affairs officers in government, writers, dancers, visual artists as well as the general public.