Film board out with new licensing guideline

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Aug 28th, 2014
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The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), has rolled out a new policy for a two-week maximum timeline for the issuance of licenses for movie distribution in the country.

The move, according to the agency, is to allow for ease, while also speeding up the licensing mechanism for movie distribution and exhibition in Nigeria. It says it recognises distribution and exhibition as a key activity of the movie sector of the nation’s economy.

In a statement signed by Ceaser Kagbo, Acting Head, Corporate Affairs, the NFVCB said the new licensing regime will only benefit those that meet all requirements for any given category of license sought.

The new policy, which will take effect from October, will cease to recognise any distributor, exhibitor or exhibition premise without valid license.

To this end, “the Director General of the regulatory agency, Ms. Patricia Bala, has mandated the Licensing and Documentation Department to exercise due diligence and ensure that all applicants meet the stipulated requirements for the different categories of licenses,” said Kagbo.

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