Sunday 10 June 2018

I'm scared to release a movie I shot in 2014 - Tunde Kelani

Chairman of the National Film and Video Censors Board, Mr. Tunde Kelani, has said that the fear of piracy is holding him back from releasing a movie he shot in 2014.
Mr. Kelani disclosed this at the mid-year edition of Yoruba Lakotun, a quarterly cultural renaissance show that was held at Ethnic Heritage Centre, Ikoyi Lagos. According to the organisers, the event was dedicated to Kelani in commemoration of his 70th birthday.

He said "There was one of the movies of Mainframe Productions that had up to five pirated versions, barrowed across major cities in Nigeria. In fact, some of the versions did not give appropriate credit to Mainframe Productions. It is our collective responsibility to fight piracy because it has eaten deep into the creative industry. Many people have gone bankrupt as a result of this menace. We have a movie made in 2014 but we have not been able to release till date due to the fear of piracy. Nigerians need to desist from purchasing pirated copies of creative works, but instead, they should purchase original works from credible outlets and this will be a great boost for the creative industry. There are some movies that are shipped into the country without the necessary authorization and all of these needs to be reviewed so that the nation does not keep harbouring unapproved visual contents."

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