The Ghanaian film industry received a boost as the National Film Authority (NFA) organized a capacity-building workshop and stakeholder engagement at the Golden Bean Hotel in Kumasi. The event, which took place on April 26, 2023, saw participation from various film industry stakeholders and officials from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture (MOTAC).
The workshop, funded by the World Bank under the Ghana Tourism Development Project (GTDP), was aimed at enhancing the skills and knowledge of filmmakers in the production and marketing of films so that they could compete internationally. Besides, the event marked the NFA’s efforts to create a strong foundation for the Ghanaian film industry.
Speaking at the workshop, the Deputy Minister of Tourism and Creative Arts, Mark Okuraku Mantey, praised local filmmakers’ efforts and reiterated the ministry’s commitment to supporting the NFA in its efforts to develop the industry.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NFA, Juliet Yaa Asantewaa Asante, also emphasized that the workshop was part of the organization’s strategy to revamp the Ghana film industry and position it for international competitiveness. She stated that the workshop was aimed at enhancing the skills and knowledge of filmmakers in the production and marketing of films.
As part of the workshop, the NFA also discussed the draft of the Legislative Instrument (LI), which is to be submitted to the parliament of Ghana for approval. This legislative instrument is expected to provide more regulatory guidelines for the organization and operation of the film industry in Ghana. Representatives of the various film guilds and associations like George Bosompem, Razak Adbulai, Richard Yaw Boateng, Rukayatu Ankrah, Ken Fiati, and Samuel Gyandoh were among the people who led the discussion on the LI.
This capacity-building workshop and stakeholder engagement, which was facilitated by Ivan Quashigah and Danny Damah, was aimed at enhancing the skills and knowledge of filmmakers in the production and marketing of films to be able to compete internationally, and the NFA is looking forward to organizing a similar event in Tamale and Accra.