The interest of the Federal Government to develop Nollywood is aimed at diversifying Nigeria's economy.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture revealed this on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at the second edition of the Animated Film Festival organised by the Japanese and French Embassies in Abuja.
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“What we have seen here is another genre of movie making and I am sure we will be able to partner with both Japanese and French embassies in the capacity we are building for our movie industry," Mohammed said. “We agreed to work together because the Japanese are developing this animation industry quite tremendously and they promised to partner with us again in capacity building."
“With technology in the movie industry, the potentials are limitless,” he added.
Speaking about a partnership between Nigeria and France, French Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Guaer, said, “Animated film is very well developed in many parts of the world that is why we organised this festival with the Japanese Embassy, bringing Japanese and French production and screening them here in Abuja."
“So, you see how important it has become even for the image of modernity and of creativity of a country and at the same time , it is a business. It brings in money and there is a new market to occupy in Nigeria; that is why we want to make it more visible and cooperate to develop that segment in Nigeria.”
This second edition of the Animated film festival which will end on November 5, 2016, will screen French, Japanese and Nigerian animated films.