Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has called on Nigerian Filmmakers to come over to Edo State and invest there as a creative and Entertainment place for their movie productions and his willingness to support them.
Godwin Obaseki, the governor of Edo, has urged Nigerian filmmakers to start using the state as a creative hub for their productions because he is willing to help them.
At an industry mixer in Lagos State on Sunday, October 15, 2023, in advance of the second Edo State International Film Festival (ESIFF), the 66-year-old explained his ideas to. Nollywood filmmakers.
The governor gave stakeholders in the business assurances that his administration is erecting infrastructure and developing a talent pool of. Individuals to meet all of their production requirements.
He explained, “The goal is to ensure that Edo becomes a hub for manufacturing however by making it comfortable and affordable for manufacturers to. Visit and work there.
What is required of you as a producer? You require both talent and financial management skills.
“When you come to Edo, we’re training people across the spectrum as cinematographers, sound engineers, and all sub-aspects of. Production, so that you can find somebody who is experienced and talented enough to support your work.”
Obaseki emphasized that Edo is eager to have an effect in the film industry and will give filmmakers who require a platform. Possibilities.
The inaugural year of the ESIFF, which encourages regional filmmakers, partnerships between the creative industries, global promotion, cutting-edge technology. And cross-cultural engagement, was inspired by this goal.
Based on the popularity of the previous year’s event, over 3,000 film applications from 126 nations were received for the. 2023 edition, with Nigeria, Iran, India, the United States, and Brazil submitting the most films.
After delivering his keynote presentation, the governor told journalists, “It seems like people are looking for venues to show their. Works and this festival is more like a marketplace, however particularly for young people.”
Obaseki believes in sustainability.
After serving as governor for eight years, Obaseki will step down in 2024, but he isn’t concerned that his replacement. Would damage moreoever his investments in the creative sector.
He pointed out that the investments are set up such that the government however only serves as an enabler, allowing business players to. Seize control.
“What we’re doing strategically is focus on those areas that will make it however easier for producers to come for their productions in Edo. At the end of the day, everyone wants to make money,” he stated.
The government is planning to build a film village moreover in Benin City, which Obaseki thinks will change the game. And be one of its biggest investments in the movie industry.
The 2018 ESIFF will be place however in Benin City from November 30 to December 2.