NFVCB train: The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), has held a three-day training on “The Essence of Classification In Film Production” in commemoration of the 2019 Women in the Business of Film Production Week, with the veteran Nollywood actress and youth advocate, Hilda Dokubo, as Keynote Speaker.
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Speaking during the event which took place at the Peridot Hotel and Suites, Amuwo-Odofin, Lagos, over the weekend, the Executive Director, NFVCB, Alhaji Adedayo Thomas said the essence of the training was to develop participants’ interest and understanding of classification. (NFVCB train)
According to him, NFVCB training stakeholders was an effort to make participants ambassadors of film classification by letting their children know what to watch and what not to watch; assist in lobbying policy makers on important classification recommendations; and make them ambassadors of the NFVCB.
Adedayo Thomas also said that the training was designed in a lighter and interactive way.
Also speaking, veteran Nollyood actress, Hilda Dokubo listed all the categories of classification, explaining the need to adhere strictly to the rules.
“If there is a breach of classification rule, there is a problem. The problem is however not for the filmmaker but for the person that allowed the breach, because classification plays the role of informing, plays the role of healing and places responsibility on everyone, including the producer and adults.”
“Because today, we celebrate women in the business of film production, it is important to look at the cases of abuse and sexual harassment of females, and consider classifications that are gender sensitive. I feel strongly that, if indeed classification protects, then we should use it to protect.”
Other facilitators who spoke at the event include;, Relationship Coach, Zeezee Okuneye who talked about Mentorship; filmmaker Niji Akanni on the topic How to Read Nigerian Films; Cecilia Abiola Odusanya on the Role of Women in Filmmaking; Professor Tunji Azeez on the Art of story-telling in nation branding; Keppy Ekpeyong Bassey on the Essence of Classification and Fred Amata on the topic Film as Catalyst for National Growth.