Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts
The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, has assured stakeholders in the creative sector of government’s commitment to improving the film industry.
Addressing the Nafti Film Lectures Awards Night in honour of renowned cinematographer, Rev Dr Chris Tsui Hesse, Mrs Ofosu-Adjare said cabinet is working hard to ensure the film bill is passed.
The bill, yet to be implemented after 25 years, is expected to help finance film production and impose regulations to ensure professionalism.
The NAFTI Film Lectures Awards is intended to recognise film-makers who have contributed to developments in the Ghanaian Motion Picture Industry. The goal is to showcase Ghana’s finest film-makers and their contributions to the industry.
Other awardees on the night included the late poet Kofi Awoonor and renowned actor and former lecturer, Kofi Middleton-Mends.
Rev Hesse, one-time official cinematographer to President Nkrumah, and director of photography for Kwaw Ansah’s famed ‘Loved Brew in the Africa Pot’ bemoaned the meagre infrastructure of the film industry and governments’ role in its near-collapse.
He told the Ghana News Agency that the woes of the film industry began when the Ghana film Industry Corporation (GFIC) was diversified, adding that ‘we sold it to the Malaysians. It was the foundation of our cultural industry and we toyed with it.’
He said Nkrumah saw the need to use films to project Ghana, and that motivated him to establish the Ghana Film Industry Corporation.
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