The second in the series of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Nigeria sponsored Chinese Film Week began this week in Jos, Plateau State capital, from June 5th, 2008.
The Nigerian Film Corporation/National Film Institute, both in Jos, are collaborating with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China for the second edition which is designed to engender exchange of cultural values and cinematic expression between Nigeria and China. The Chinese Film Week will also provide a platform for the consolidation of bilateral relations between the governments of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and that of the People’s Republic of China, especially in film production, tourism and commerce.
The Embassy’s cultural counsellor, Mr. Jiang Weiming, has promised that this year’s edition of the Film Week would be an improvement on last year’s edition, assuring that the Embassy would continue to partner the NFC for the sustenance of the yearly event. To ensure a successful 2008 Chinese Film Week, the Chinese Embassy is rolling out materials and financial support to be complemented by the Nigerian Film Corporation.
The Chinese Film Week is a collaborative event between the NFC and the China Embassy in Nigeria. It is designed to explore cultural exchange and entertainment opportunities between both nations, using film as a vehicle.
It would be recalled that the first in the series was held last year, at the National Film Institute, Jos. This year’s edition is the second, and it is expected to be better than the first edition.
The Chinese Film Week is the second in the line up of film weeks for the year. The French Week was held in March this year, and that of Spain will be held later in the month of June.
Meanwhile, Afolabi Adesanya, NFC’s managing director, has commended the Chinese Embassy’s efforts in sustaining the film week, which he says has provided the required platform for partnership development in the areas of equipment, resource support and manpower training. So far, the NFC has received from the Chinese Embassy, DVD films, Cine-projectors, books, DVD players and recently, scholarship for a staff of the National Film Institute, Mr. Yomi Olugbodi, who is already in Beijing, China for a doctorate degree in Film Studies. Also, a staff of NFC, Mrs. Halima Oyedele, was sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce to attend the African Female Capacity Building Conference which was held recently in Beijing, China.
In LEADERSHIP of June 07, 2008