Reacting to claims by ace Nollywood actress, Genevive Nnaji, that FilmOne cinemas were frustrating efforts to screen her latest movie – Lionheart, in Nigeria, Chairman of the cinemas exhibitors association, Patrick Lee, said Genevieve and her team failed to secure a spot for the movie – Lionheart, on the film calendar used by all cinemas.
According to Lee, “It is clear from the approach taken by the Lionheart team that these processes were not adhered to and most of our members rightly refused to take the movie.“
Genevieve had alleged that FilmOne refused to show her movie because they didn’t have a stake in it and therefore were only screening movies they had invested in.
See full statement below –
“Hi all, as cinema exhibitors we have processes that guide us when considering a movie for exhibition in the cinema.
“We expect the movie to come from a licenced distributor, we expect the movie to be given adequate run time in the cinemas before it is officially released on other platforms and also for our cinemas to be provided with adequate notice for the inclusion of the movie in an increasingly crowded calender. It is clear from the approach taken by the Lionheart team that these processes were not adhered to and most of our members rightly refused to take the movie.
“It is also important to note that this movie had been signed up by Netflix months ago, thereby giving Genevieve’s team ample time to secure a spot on the calender, an option they did not take until quite recently thereby ensuring the possibility of the movie not being shown by cinemas during their preferred date.
“Genevieve has starred and produced movies for cinema exhibition in the past so should be familiar with the way the industry works which is why this is a cause for concern for us in the cinema association.
“Finally it’s worth pointing out that other movies such as Chief Daddy, KOB and Merry men had all been slated from early March this year. Mo Abudu, AY and Kemi Adetiba who are industry compatriots of Genevieve’s followed the right approach by scheduling early for cinema release, it’s not fair that they may now possibly have their screen times reduced because of the rushed inclusion of Lionheart in the cinemas.
“We at the cinema association are also not pleased about the attacks in the statement on some of our members and the sweeping generalisations the statement makes and expect to seek further clarification from its author before determining if further action needs to be taken.
Patrick Lee, Chairman, CEAN“
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