Joke Silva believes that the government should invest in Nollywood in order to satisfy filmmakers.

The seasoned actor counseled peers on the importance of teamwork.

Joke Silva, a seasoned Nollywood actress, has urged the federal government to make sure that domestic filmmakers have simple access to capital for their projects.

Silva made the call on Tuesday in Lagos while chatting with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

“Over the years, filmmakers have found it difficult to access funds to produce films, a development government needs to wade into to encourage filmmakers,” she said.

She states that the Bank of Industry (BOI) is primarily the source of funding for filmmakers, but other channels ought to be established.

“Accessibility to fund to produce films should not be made too difficult for us, the hurdles are too cumbersome. Effective ways should also be created through which the funds can be returned; so that the source does not get exhausted.

“Government should also not always consider having a high interest rate, what should be the focus is that the money is returned. I advise filmmakers to also realise the need to return such funds so that others can access it.

“There should also be a place for grants for the creative industry that will give a soft landing to filmmakers; this is needed because it is important that businesses get expanded in the creative space,” she said

Silva pointed out that in order to bolster the creative industry even more, the government needs to focus on improving theater and movie theater distribution.

“There are various things that will help distribution of stage plays, to take cinemas round the country will warrant seamless road travels. Can the federal government assist with buses and security to take works round the country?

“Government should be able to help the creatives to produce and run their work for longer duration, because it is when works are run for long that the producer generates much revenue,” she said.

The actress counseled coworkers to work together given the nation’s current economic circumstances.

“While government and the economic team are doing all they can to ensure our economy does not go under, in the creative space, we have to look at strategies that will make us function.

“This is in collaboration, what two practitioners would ordinarily have done to put resources together, four practitioners can do that.

“By collaboration, we will be spreading our net wider, that is the way actors will probably earn more.”

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