The First Berlin-Lagos Archival Film Festival (DECASIA) being hosted by the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) in partnership with the German Government will commence on Thursday, October 24.
The event happening at the Corporation’s Lagos office along Obalende-Ikoyi Road will end on Sunday, October 27. It will feature the daily screening of films that deploy archival footages to drive their narratives.
NFC’s Head of Public & Intergovernmental Affairs, Brian Etuk, explained that the festival’s objective is to sustain the global conversation on the impact of digital technologies. It will also examine the relationship between archives and festivals.
The draft National Film Archive Policy and update on ZUMA Film Festival 2019 taking place in Abuja in December will be presented during the festival.
There would also be stakeholders’ interactive forum and a workshop on ‘Distribution Strategies and Preservation Challenges in a Digital Era’
Commenting on the festival, NFC’s Managing Director, Dr Chidia Maduekwe said that Nigeria was in critical need of an archival policy due to its rich heritage and history. He noted that the country has rich information that must be documented.
Maduekwe also lamented the poor preservation and documentation of Nigerian films, noting that “the emplacement of a national film policy will address these anomalies.”
He thanked the German Government and its institutions for partnering the NFC for the festival. “The conversation on national archiving, kick-started, with Zuma Film Festival 2018, themed Archiving for Creativity, is positively yielding the desired result and meeting its objectives,” Madueke added.
The partnering institutions are Goethe University, (Frankfurt) Deutseches Film Institute & Film Museum, Arsenal Institute for Film & Video (DFF) Frankfurt and Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Arts Berlin. The others are Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), Germany, and the Lagos Film Society.
The presentation of the Draft National Policy on Archiving and update on ZUMA Film Festival 2019, will take place during the opening ceremony on Thursday.