Critical infrastructure and expanded academic programmes dominated discussions at the 2015 edition of the annual interactive forum of the National Film Institute Jos, which is 20years old. A thunderous applause by parents, guardians, stakeholders, film makers, students, and alumni who attended the interactive forum held over the weekend (July 18, 2015) at the main auditorium of the National Film Institute, Jos with the theme “Opportunity In Film Training And Capacity Building” greeted the announcement of the approval for the equipping of its ultra modern Sound Stage, the set up of a 100 One Hundred Computer Laboratory, provision of Students Hostel Accommodation and the soon to take off Post Graduate School of the National Film Institute. Addressing participants at the forum, Dr. Danjuma Dadu, Chairman of the Institute’s Governing Council and Managing Director of the Nigerian Film Corporation said the provision of the critical infrastructure, physical development and the expansion of the academic programmes of the Institute were intended to bridge the gap between Film and other Media Arts courses. The furnishing and equipping of the ultra Sound Stage of the Institute which is to commence soon is intended to add up to existing training and film production facilities to cater for envisaged increase in the number of candidates seeking admission into the Institute. Dr. Dadu equally said that, the planned restoration of hostel accommodation, ahead of the completion of those at the permanent site of the Institute at Lamingo, was to address the challenges faced by the students, seeking accommodation in Jos. Twenty years down the line, Dadu said that the Institute has remained the cradle of film training in Nigeria with its graduates competing favourably with their counterparts from around the world. The expanded academic programmes of the Institute, Dadu averred, will begin with the introduction of other Media Arts courses and the commencement of the Post Graduate Diploma certificate in the film studies. “The introduction of these programmes are to carter for those who intend to undertake career and professional practice in film, especially in film marketing, distribution and exhibition, but who have no basic and requisite training background in film studies”, Dadu further said. The successful implementation of the 5, 10 and 20 years development plans for the Institute will witness massive physical infrastructural development, to include lecture halls, production theatres, offices, screening auditorium and students’ hostel accommodation. Similarly, increase in film training equipment, camera and edit suits, makeup, costume and props production facilities, as well as increase in the numerical strength of lecturers and students over the development period will be achieved. On the essence of the Interactive Forum, NFI Rector, Professor (Mrs.) Christiana Best said, was to sustain the awareness campaign on film education in Nigeria at the NFI and the opportunities it offers; in the development of the nation. This, “is a concern for all stakeholders”, she said. Prof. Best commended alumni of the Institute for being good ambassadors, just as she enjoined parents and guardians to constantly engage their wards on the training and studies undertaken at the Institute. Parents, guardians and others who spoke at the forum commended the management of the Nigerian Film Corporation (proprietor of the Institute) for the achievements recorded in past twenty years and pledged their support to assist in its development. The National Film Institute Jos, was established in 1995 to provide training and capacity building of the highly specialised manpower needs of the Nigerian film industry. For its certificates, diploma and degree programmes which are approved by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and the National Universities Commission, the NFI admits candidates who sit, meet the approved cut off point marks of the unified tertiary matriculation examinations (UTME) by JAMB, and have obtained 5Credits (WAEC/NECO) including English Language, Mathematics and Literature in English or Physics.





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