For a better industry record keeping, the challenges facing audio visual archiving in Nigeria would soon be addressed, just as the creation of the awareness necessary for the sustainable development of the sector will also be addressed during the one-day National Conference on Audio Visual Archiving holding on Tuesday May 8, 2012, at the nation’s capital, Abuja.
Powered by Nigerian Film Corporation’s National Film Video & Sound Archive (NFVSA) department in partnership with the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) and the Goethe Institute, the one-day National Conference will be attended by Film Producers, Audio Visual Archivists, Audio Visual Librarians, Curators, Conservationists, Broadcast Organisations, Film Students, Library Schools officials, Audio Visual Material Distributors/Marketers, Copyright Specialists, Chief Executives of relevant Government Agencies, Intellectual Property Lawyers, Stakeholders and members of the Public.
In a statement by the Head of the National Film Video & Sound Archive (NFVSA) & Conference coordinator, Mrs. Nwanneka Oliwe, the objective of the conference, among others, is to create awareness on the inherent challenges of the sector, and need to preserve Nigeria’s Audio Visual heritage. Capacity building up for Audio-Visual Archivists, Conservators, Curators and other custodians of Audio Visual heritage; sensitization of producers of Audio Visual materials in Nigeria; and the need to evolve an audio-visual policy to address issues bedeviling audio-visual archiving are also some of the objectives of the conference, Oliwe further said.
The statement added that, critical issues bedeviling the upsurge of activities in Audio Visual Archiving, other challenges and prospects, envisaged roles, the way forward, the practice of audio visual administration, service infrastructure, preservation and restoration methods will be discussed at the conference.
Taking place during ZUMA film festival, holding at the NICON Luxury Hotel Abuja, May 6-10, 2012, the conference, will have in attendance other agencies expected to play critical roles in the one day conference. These include UNESCO, Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), African Independent Television (AIT), Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, National Film and Video Censors Board, National Library of Nigeria, National Archives of Nigeria, Centre for Black and African Art and Civilization, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Voice of Nigeria (VON), Film Practitioners, PMAN, Nigeria Library Association, and others.