Sunday, November 27, 2011

Leap International Film Festival Relaunches in Aba

The Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI), Western Region 1 will host an international conference for Content Owners from December 8-10,2011 at Enitona Hotels, Aba, in Abia State, South East Nigeria.

The conference will be a sidebar to Nollywood's biggest and oldest film festival; Leap International Film Festival (LIFF),(formerly Lagos International Film Festival). This announcement followed the meeting of Regional Secretary, Western Region 1, Madu C. Chikwendu with Major stakeholders around the country.

Madu C. Chikwendu

Mr. Chikwendu who is the Founder and Festival Director of Leap International Film Festival (LIFF), while addressing stakeholders noted that; "There are various problems plaguing Nollywood content.These include, but are not limited to ; Underpricing, Price war amongst distributors, Low bargaining power, General ignorance, Resale of movies by Licensees,Absence of Minimum Pricing,Weak Regulatory environment,Absence of Technical Standards and more. We propose to address these problems by hosting a technical workshop that will climax in a communique to be presented at a World Press Conference on December 10,2011. However some Producer/Marketers noted that the conference appeared tilted. towards television licensing.

"It is important to note that this is a major intervention by FEPACI in an area of strenght. FEPACI is the only organisaton of its kind in Africa representing cinema professionals at the level of the African Union with over eighteen regional secrtetariats around the world. FEPACI acknowledges that piracy is still a major problem,we feel very strongly that our greatest strenght lies in the international arena.The national associations are very well equipped to tackle the local issues.We are always there to provide expertise. Interestingly the conference will hold roughly a week after the meeting of the Standing Committee on Copyright SCCR of World Intellectual Property Organisation WIPO in Geneva Switzerland. The FEPACI conference will be coordinated by Uzochukwu Ezeanyache CEO Solid Movies.

LIFF is presented by Thud Worldwide Consultants Ltd in partnership with MCL TV (Aba) with support from National Film and Video Censors Board, Nigerian Film Corporation, National Lottery Regulatory Commission,Trend TV, Galaxy TV, Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI). It will hold from December 7-10 2011 @ Cinema Hall, Binez Hotels in Aba, Abia state.


Madu C. Chikwendu
CEO, MCM Group
Suite 4, Left Wing,
5ft Floor,
Oshopey Plaza,
17/19 Allen Avenue,
Tel: +234 1 8975887,
Fax: +234 2557693
Cell:+234 8055402164

Onyinye Okafor (08055402164)

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