BY ADEDIWURA OKELEYE
Nollywood producer, Blessing Egbe premiered her movie, One Room recently and a number of other filmmakers including Stephanie Linus were present. They discussed the current state of film distribution in Nollywood. Blessing Egbe said her unique method of distribution was
They discussed the current state of film distribution in Nollywood. Blessing Egbe said her unique method of distribution was born out of her frustration with the sharing ratio between cinemas and movie producers. She decided to opt for a method where she could have 100% control over her profits.
Stephanie Linus who is currently on a tour for her new movie, Dry also spoke about the unfavourable situation to Punch saying, “It seems our hands are tied. At the moment, it looks like producers are making money for the cinemas. The cinemas make more money when you take your movies to them. The DVD market is still huge; it’s just that we have allowed piracy to take over the industry and the government is doing nothing about it.”
However, she encouraged filmmakers to think outside the box and come up with more profitable methods of distribution.
“In this industry, everyone is thinking outside the box. There is no one straight way of making money. People should understand that in film-making, making money is a long-term goal. If you have never seen a movie before, no matter how long ago the movie was released,mint will be new to you. If you position your film right, it will continue to make money for you.”