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Nigeria - Register with National Film and Video Board (NFVCB)

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Step one
  • Film Submission Desk All films meant for Censorship are submitted at the submission desk where the officer in charge assesses the materials to ensure that they are correct. Such materials submitted must include copies of films to be previewed, poster and jacket designs, synopsis of movies and application for censorship written in the companys letter head.
Step Two
  • Film Title Search The officer searches the title to ensure that existing title is not being given to another producer in order to avoid conflict.
Step Three
  • Documentation After the title search the producer moves to the documentation stage where all the necessary forms are filled and a date is fixed for the preview of the movie.
Step Four
  • Preview The preview panel previews the movie and sends its observations and recommendations for either approval or referral of the movie to the verification unit for further viewing and scrutiny.
Step Five
  • Verification Verification unit verifies the movie to ensure that the movie meets the acceptable standard, and goes ahead to classify and issue approval or referral for the movie. All issues, to be resolved in a movie; are listed and sent back to the preview panel to convey to the film owner.
Step Six
  • Approval & Classification Approval is issued to Licensed Distributors, while unlicensed distributor receives censorship Certificate and Limited exhibition certificate.
Step Seven
  • Registration Registration issues approval and release certificate and seals.

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Required Documents[edit]

1. Name of Applicant.

2.Name of the Organization / Company.

3.Certified true copy of memorandum & Articles of Association.

6. Tax Clearance Certificate

7. Data on Equipment standards and specifications.

8.Certificate of Incorporation

9.Tax Clearance Certificate

10.2 passport photographs of authorized representative

11.Certificate of qualified technical staff. (if applicable)

12.Completed application should be submitted in duplicate with all necessary documents attached and bound

13.Proof of License fee on submission of application.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

The National Film Video Censors Board (NFVCB).

National Film and Video Censors' Board

Plot 20, Alexandria Crescent,

Wuse II, Zone A7, Abuja

P.M.B. 5053 Wuse, Abuja FCT.



Phone: +234 9 220 0246

Tel: +234 9 220 0247

You can Visit the remote Offices located across the country on the Following Link

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All Individuals or companies interested in the Nigerian Film and Video industry and other related communication products are eligible provided they have registered with the National Film and Video Board.


Registration with NFVCB form is N2,000

You can visit the following for different fees charges

License Fee for Distributors

The License fees for Distributors shall be as follows:

  • National N200,000.00
  • Regional N100,000.00
  • Community N10,000.00

Exhibitors License Fees

The license fees for Exhibitors shall be as follows:

  • National Exhibitors N150,000.00
  • Regional Exhibitors N100,000.00
  • Community Exhibitors N10,000.00

Exhibitors Premises License Fees

Exhibitors premises shall attract the following license fees:

  • Major Cinema Hall N150,000.00
  • Medium Cinema Hall N100,000.00
  • Small Cinema Hall N50,000.00
  • Viewing Centres N10,000.00


Registration is valid for 2 years then a renewal is required.

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

This process may take a period of five to thirty days.

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
Attach videos using the following tag <&video type="website">video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites.
Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url "" Video ID is "Y0US7oR_t3M". 

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The Boards approach to classifying films meant for exhibition and video/DVDs is guided by the following principles:

  • Artistic expression and creative freedom are not unduly curbed;
  • Protect National culture, peace and security
  • Protect children and young persons from harm and prevent access by children to materials which are offensive,
  • Strongly encourage and promote the exercise of parental responsibility
  • Movies should be allowed to reach the widest audience that is appropriate for their theme and treatment
  • The context in which something (eg sex or violence) is presented is central to the question of its acceptability
  • Need to take into account of community concerns about religion, and prevent the exhibition of materials that are objectionable that is, likely to cause incitement, civil disorder, portray persons in demeaning manner, incite or condone sexual violence or glamorize criminal acts;
  • Pre-alert: members of the public should have information through the giving of consumer information, to materials which they may find offensive, both for themselves and for children in their care
  • The Board believes that adults (i.e. persons over 18) should be free, within the law, to choose what they wish to view
  • The requirement that the guidelines be published annually and revised on the basis of public inputs.

Required Information[edit]

  • Information on all the copies of the film.
  • information on all poster and jacket design to be used
  • Synopsis of the Movies

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Need for the Document[edit]

The National Film Video Censors Board is the regulatory body set up by Act No.85 of 1993 to regulate films and video industry in Nigeria. The Board is empowered by law to classify all films and videos whether imported or produced locally. It is also the duty of the Board to register all films and video outlets across the country and to keep a register of such

Information which might help[edit]

The Nigeria film industry is made up of
  • Nigerian Film Cooperation (NFC)
  • National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB)
  • National Broadcasting Commission (NBC)
  • Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC)

It was initially created by the four agencies on the 6th October, 2005 with the primary objective of providing a platform for a strong inter-agency co-operation that will culminate in a better synergy in coordinating policies and activities of their respective mandates and address issues of common concern.

Although the forum went underground for 3 years, it was not until the 16th July, 2009 that the DG of NFVCB, Mr. Emeka Mba re-awakened the forum by calling on all members to re-unite. The DG reminded the Quartet of the benefits of sustaining the forum, which includes sharing of ideas, interfacing and exchanging of views/information for collaboration among members and also for the enhancement of the film industry in Nigeria.

Basically the forum acts as a liaison were matters of common interest among members and the industry are tabled for discussion and a unanimous line of action taken. The forum is made up of two bodies; the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) meeting and other Subordinate Officers meetings; both meet once a month. The Subordinate Officers deliberate on policies and make recommendations for the CEOs rectification

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

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