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MOPPAN starts a blog


 

Sani Muazu, current President of MOPPAN (c) Sani Muazu from his blog http://www.sanijos.blogspot.com

The Motion Picture Practitioners of Nigeria, the umbrella body for nothern Nigerian filmmakers, has recently opened a blog. MOPPAN gives more information about itself in the “About” section of the blog:

MOPPAN is one of the recognized professional Film Associations,and the only one north of the Niger. It was incorporated by CAC Nos. 16,973 in 2004.MOPPAN, is an umbrella body providing guidance and capacity building for the development of the industry not only in Kano, but in the northern part of Nigeria. The Association, over the years, has as its affiliates several guilds of professionals, business Associations and artisans under its umbrella. Some of these bodies like the Film Makers/Producers’ Association, Guild of Nigerian Film Director’s, Artistes Council or Nigerian Actors’ Guild, Motion Picture Editors Guild M-PEG, Cinematographers Association of Nigeria, Guild of Nigerian Film Designers, Film Music Producers’ and composers, Cassette Sellers and Marketing Association, Cinema/theatre owners Association of Nigeria and the script writers. Within the last 20 years or so, thousands of Nigerian video Films were released into the market of which over 33% of these being Kannywood Films. Today Nigeria turns out about 1000 films every year, generating 300,000 functional jobs and a turnover of more than 5 billion Naira.

So far, MOPPAN has posted important membership information on the blog, including the contact information for its executive members, advisors, trustees, and major stakeholders,   the MOPPAN code of conduct for its members, and the MOPPAN constitution.

There is the option to follow the blog, at the bottom of the site. For more information, see the MOPPAN blog.

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MOPPAN calls for an African International Film Centre in Tiga, Kano


The national president of MOPPAN, the Motion Picture Practitioner’s Association of Nigeria, Sani Muazu has recently posted on his blog a MOPPAN press release calling for the formation of an international film centre in Tiga, Kano State. The Press release seems to have been originally written in 2007.

In the third part of the press release, MOPPAN put forth several recommendations:

3.2.2.1 Infrastructure and Production Facilities 

MOPPAN noted that few state-of-the-art equipment exist as part of the production facilities in the industry in the North. The cinema infrastructure among others, such as equipment and theatres have equally been abandoned to decay or converted to warehouses, banks, shopping malls and venues for religious worship, etc. The new phenomenon of the home video production therefore does not enjoy the communal conviviality which was the order of the day in the cinema era. In the same vein, production, distribution and exhibition facilities in the film industry are virtually non-existent. 

Note must however be taken of the effort of private sector investors in Lagos, Port-Harcourt and recently Abuja by Silverbird and other stakeholders who are already financing a few standard film exhibition centres across some major cities of the country in an attempt to revive the film exhibition and cinema going culture. There are also a chain of video rental outlets and viewing centres in the urban centres and in some rural areas of the country, operating on the fringe. More of these structures and facilities are expected to be established in the North by these businesses and operated without recourse to northern cultural sensibilities. 

Recommendation:
MOPPAN therefore sees the need to go into, or encourage northern businessmen to go into the business of cinema as it should be in a predominantly Muslim environment. MOPPAN also recommends that Kano State Government, in its new policy thrust on Film Development through the establishment of a practitioners driven film centre in Tiga, Kano, should seek to collaborate with motion picture equipment and film stock manufacturers from different parts of the world for the establishment of factories or sales offices in the Kano, with adequate incentives to attract their participation.

3.2.2.2 Production
MOPPAN observed that Kano, as the centre of Kannywood, is unarguably one of the highest producers of film titles in the Nigeria and Africa, with over one thousand video movies per annum. Film production encompasses several processes of transforming a story or subject matter from idea to a finished product. With the establishment of the Resource Centre, it is hoped that the above stated problems about motion picture production would be mitigated to the barest minimum.

Recommendation:
In its view, MOPPAN believes the establishment of the International Film Resource Centre at Tiga in Kano, would bring all Guilds and Associations together under one umbrella at the centre and give them the capacity to address the problems of technical and content quality, format, standards, professionalism, aesthetic appeal and of course, finance are some of the challenges facing the industry today. 

3.2.2.3 Distribution, Exhibition and Marketing
MOPPAN observed the absence of effective structure and efficient and organised distribution network in the North, despite Kano being one of the major distribution centres of Films in Nigeria and sub Saharan Africa generally. MOPPAN also noted that there is the lack of political will on the part of Kano State Government to consider its strategic positioning and make plans to explore and revitalize the sector. 

Recommendation:
MOPPAN recommends that Kano State Government should utilise the International Film Resource Centre at Tiga to facilitate an enabling environment to encourage public-private partnership to enhance an organised and efficient distribution and marketing network.

3.2.2.4 Training and Capacity Building

MOPPAN noted that it has become imperative for practitioners to possess a certain basic qualification that is recognised and acceptable by all stakeholders nationwide to bridge the yawning gap created by dearth of requisite skills in the industry. 

Without training and capacity building therefore, it is difficult to maintain standards and ensure the regular supply of the needed manpower to feed the development needs of the industry. 

Recommendation:
MOPPAN recommends that the International Film Resource Centre Tiga, Kano should host a film school to be known as TIGA INTERNATIONAL FILM CENTRE, KANO to be affiliated to either Bayero University Kano or Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. The school can work with other similar training institutions around the world to professionalise the industry. The Centre would also work with and encourage the Government-owned National Film Institute and the NTA Television College in Jos and other training institutions and initiatives by stakeholders to function adequately and provide the services needed in this sub-sector. 

3.2.2.5 Funding and Financing
Modern filmmaking is business, big business. It is pertinent to note that all films, whether Government-sponsored or funded by corporations or individuals incur expenses in anticipation of expected returns. MOPPAN observed the absence of institutional funding, grants and endowment which has hampered the delivery power of the Northern Nigerian filmmaker. 

Recommendation:
MOPPAN strongly recommends the establishment of a Film Development Fund in Kano for the Northern motion picture industry in collaboration with other Northern Governors that are major stakeholders and beneficiaries.

3.2.2.6 Legal Environment 
MOPPAN observed that the Government has been making relevant and necessary efforts towards creating an enabling and enduring legal environment to stimulate the desired moral growth and development in the industry. The Kano Censors Board is however a source of concern to stakeholders and the law establishing the board is obviously done in a hurry.

Recommendation:
MOPPAN recommends that the Kano State Government should liaise with the National Film and Video Censors Board to harmonise and regularise its reforms until the motion picture industry is firmly put on a sound footing of focussed growth and development. The International Film Resource Centre would also maintain a standard legal office to continuously study and update its policies with regards to culture, tourism and growth without constituting itself as a nuisance and national/international embarrassment. 

From the foregoing, MOPPAN therefore recommends the establishment of an International Film Resource Centre, to be known as THE AFRICA INTERNATIONAL FILM RESOURCE CENTRE TIGA, KANO at the present place of the ROCK CASTLE HOTEL to, when fully established, serve as THE CENTRE that would seek to intervene through its registered and affiliated Guilds and Associations in all aspects of motion picture production in Northern Nigeria and give KANNYWOOD a true identity and KANO STATE its position of pride as the third leg of film production in Nigeria.

To read the entire press release, see Sani Mu’azu’s blog here.

American Documentary Showcase in Kano


The U.S. embassy cultural affairs

Still from One Bridge to the Next by Kim Snyder, from the American Documentary Showcase

section in conjunction with MOPPAN (The Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria) is bringing the American Documentary Showcase to Kano, today, Monday, 2 August 2010, and tomorrow, Tuesday, 3 August 2010.

The events open to the public include a documentary screening at Mambayya House from 2-4pm 2 August 2010, and a simultaneous screening at Bayero University, New Site, Department of Mass Communication from 2-4pm. There will be an additional screening in the 1000 seater auditoriam at BUK, New Site, at 7pm.

On Tuesday there is a reception for invited guests at Mambayya House.

As the Kano State Censorship Board is still reviewing the documentaries, the event planners have not been able to reveal which films they will be showing. However, the films will come from the following selection of 30 films: A Man Named Pearl produced by Scott Galloway; Note by Note produced by Ben Niles; A Village Called Versailles made by S. Leo Chiang; The Hobart Shakespearians produced by Mel Stuart; One Bridge to the Next produced by Kim A. Snyder; Soundtrack for a Revolution made by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman; Welcome to Shelbyville by Kim Snyder; Which Way Home by Rebecca Cammisa; King Corn (by Aaron Wolf, Ian Cheney, and Curt Ellis) & Big River by Curt Ellis; Flow: For Love of Water by Irena Salina; America’s Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie by David O’Shields.  

Two documentary filmmakers have also come from the U.S. to teach the masterclasses and show their films:

KIM A. SNYDER is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. She most recently co-founded the BeCause Foundation to produce a series of documentaries designed to raise awareness about socially conscious global issues and inspire philanthropy through the power of film. Following her short documentary One Bridge to the Next, about the burgeoning field of “street medicine,” Her most recent short, Crossing Midnight, focuses on the healthcare crisis in Eastern Burma and an extraordinary community of refugees battling the odds to help their own. Her next work is set in America’s rural South, where on the eve of the recent election, a town deals with issues of immigrant integration and reckons with its segregated past.

Snyder directed and produced the award-winning documentary I Remember Me, which won numerous festival awards including Best Documentary at the Denver International Film Festival, the Audience Award at the Sarasota Film Festival and an Honorable Mention at the Hamptons International Film Festival. I Remember Me was distributed theatrically in the US by Zeitgeist Films and has been distributed on DVD in over 22 countries. She has also directed and produced numerous short documentaries for cable network Plum TV.

Snyder has also published numerous articles for Variety and worked as media producer for the Hamptons International Film Festival, producing commercials, trailers and promotional media.

In 1994, Snyder associate produced the Academy Award-winning short film Trevor, directed and produced by Peggy Rajski, which became the cornerstone of The Trevor Project, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to suicide prevention among gay youth. Snyder also served on the admissions review committee for New York University’s Graduate Film Program, and has been a producer’s rep for several critically acclaimed foreign films including Crows (New Yorker Films), directed by Dorota Kedzierzawska. Snyder graduated with a masters in international affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. (Bio from documentary.org)

Bart Weiss is listed in the American Documentary Showcase programme printed by the U.S. embassy in Nigeria, as

an award-winning independent film and video producer, director, editor, and educator who has lived in Dallas since 1981.

He is mostly known as the director and founder of the Dallas Video Festival. He produces the TV show “Frame of Mind” on KERA TV in Dallas and is the artistic director of 3 Stars Cinema.

He has taught film and video at Texas A&M’s Visualization Lab, Souther Methodist University, the University of Texas at Austin, and West Virginia State College and is currently an associate professor at UT Arlington.

He is a former president of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers (AIVF), fomer (and founding) board member of Dallas Artists REsearch and Exhibition (DARE), and founder of the Video Association of Dallas. He has been a video columnist for The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Times Herald, and United Features Syndicate.

Mr. Weiss recieved an MFA in film directing from Columbia University in 1978 and a BA in radio, TV, and film from Temple University in 1975.

His films and videos have been shown at the SF Jewish Film Fest; SXSW; the Other Cinema; Kennedy Centre; AFI’s National Video Festival, Berlin; Media Operative Festival; Sidney and Melbourne Film Festivals, and many more.