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Our History

The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), was established by Act 85 of 1993 as the official regulatory agency for the film and video sector of the Nigerian economy.

The Core Goals of the NFVCB

  1. To provide an enabling environment for the growth of the film industry through our activities.
  2. To manage the classification system to time, cost, and quality standards.
  3. To provide policy advice and services to governments.
  4. To enhance confidence in (and utilization of) the NFVCB classification system among existing and potential clients.
  5. To enhance community understanding, confidence, and usage in relation to classification systems and outcomes.
  6. To continually empower NFVCB management and staff to meet its objectives by providing the requisite internal capacity in the areas of people, training, logistical support, information, financial resources, and leadership.


The Role of the NFVCB in the Nigerian Film Industry

The National Film Video Censors Board is the regulatory body set up by Act No.85 of 1993 to regulate films and video industry in Nigeria. The Board is empowered by law to classify all films and videos whether imported or produced locally. It is also the duty of the Board to register all films and videos outlet across the country and to keep a register of such registered outlets among other functions.

The functions of the Board are:

  1. To license a person to exhibit films and video works,
  2. To license a premises for the purposes of exhibiting films and video works,
  3. To censor and classify films and video works;
  4. To regulate and prescribe safety precautions to be observed in licensed premises;
  5. To regulate and prescribe safety precautions to be observed in licensed premises;
  6. To regulate and control cinematographic exhibitions; and
  7. To perform such other functions as are necessary or expedient for the full discharge of all or any of the functions conferred on it by this Decree.The establishment of the Board therefore empowers it to assess, classify and register films and video works and the film outlets across the country monitor the films and film outlets.

As priority intervention mechanisms, the Board has delineated additional action items to:

  1. Organize training programmes focusing on new content development, aimed at institutionalizing international best practices in film production.
  2. Organize international conferences on film censorship/classification: impact on society and development.
  3. Draft and successfully implement new national distribution policy to transform the industry and ensure increased independent productions get access to the market.
  4. Launch new censorship and classification guidelines to aid filmmakers, and professionalize NFVCB operations.
  5. To regulate and prescribe safety precautions to be observed in licensed premises;
  6. Ensure wider community acceptance and confidence in our classification decisions.
  7. Increase monitoring and enforcement activities to curb release of such movies into the market without NFVCB approval.
  8. Institute stringent sanctions for such violations.
  9. Institute reward mechanisms for the production of “positive” themed movies, such as advance production grants, lower censorship charges for advocacy movies, etc.


The NFVCB Involvement

As the industry regulator, the NFVCB sees it role as complimentary to the development of a viable film industry. To drive this assertion, the Board last year initiated the “Nigeria in the Movies” (NIM) is a definitive, flagship programme that addresses the deficiencies in the film industry, with forward looking initiatives based on the Board’s mandate and vision.

The Board believes very strongly that Nigeria should define her identity, character, image and influence from the movies’ global window. The vision aligns strongly with the Heart of Africa Project, and the Rebranding Nigeria initiatives and comes across as the strongest force of global goodwill and influence for Nigeria. Nigeria In The Movies initiative address the salient issues of:

  • Credibility,
  • Authenticity, visibility and
  • Marketability of the Nigerian film industry

Under the NIM initiative the Board has four pronged programme, chief of which is the reforms in the distribution system, with the launch of the new distribution guidelines.

The goal of reforms guidelines is to Corporatize the distribution segment of the industry, and stimulate the growth of the overall industry that embraces the international market, create support structures for the production of enduring culturally significant films that will advance our social and economic objectives.
Fact is….

    1. The Nigerian film industry “Nollywood” has become a global brand expression, and brands have become an increasingly important currency in the global marketplace.
  • the creative industries are at the centre of a modern service-based economy; and the core driver for the creative industries is the film and television industry. It is a breeding ground, it provides a frame of reference, a point of inspiration for those who contribute in the areas of ideas, innovation and creative solutions, who fan out, influence, engage and contribute to the areas of visual and digital design, communications and information systems and technology, marketing and promotion. All essential ingredients and contributors to a modern, effective, efficient, developing and globally competitive service-based economy.

The Ultimate goal of the Nigeria in the Movies initiative is to “Raise the industry profile of Nollywood, and the Nigerian film sector, as an industry of strategic national importance with global authentic influence for which the ultimate beneficiary is Nigeria.

It is without doubt that public policy has a role to play in strengthening the industry in order to generate substantial economic rewards and important cultural benefits, and the NFVCB due to its unique role in the industry is well placed to play a leading role in the transformation of our much cherished film industry.

Relevant Associations and Guilds

The Board in the cause of carrying out her duties interfaces with relevant guilds and associations in the film industry for an effective implementation of policies. These include but not limited to the following:

  • VCOAN – Video Clubs Owners Associate of Nigeria
  • PMAN – Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria
  • VROAN – Video Rental Operators Owners Association of Nigeria/li>
  • FMC – Films Makers Cooperative
  • AFVPMAN – Association of Films Video Producers And Marketers Association of Nigeria
  • AGN – Actors Guild of Nigeria
  • NSE – Nigeria Society of Editors
  • AMP – Association of Movies Producers
  • ANTP – Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners
  • MOPAN – Motion Pictures Association of Nigeria
  • SWGN – Screen Writers Guild of Nigeria
  • ITP – Independent Television Producers of Nigeria
  • TPAN – Television Producers Association of Nigeria
  • APCON – Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria
  • NANTAP – National Association of Theatre Arts Practitioners
  • CEMP – Congress of Edo State Movie Practitioners
  • CONGA – Committee of National Guilds Associations
  • CDGN – Creative Designers Guild of Nigeria
  • NSC – Nigeria Society of Cinematographers
  • YOFVPMAN – Yoruba Film Video Producers & Marketers Association of Nigeria
  • ANCEDRAM – All Nigeria Conference of Evangelical Drama Ministers
  • ANTP – Association of Nigeria Theatre Arts Practitioners
  • EMA – Elegusi Market Association
  • AIVPMA – Ojo Alaba International Video Producers/Markers Association.
  • CMPPN – Conference of Motion Picture Practitioners of Nigeria
  • UFRAN – United Film Rentals Association of Nigeria