The Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture who is also the Member of Parliament for Evalue-Gwira-Ajomoro, Hon. Catherine Afeku has indicated that creating a National Film Authority will help spearhead the development of the industry and make it more vibrant to meet international standards.
She however charged stakeholders in the Film Industry to conduct nationwide stakeholder engagements so as to map out modalities for the Legislative Instrument (L.I) that will ensure the institutionalization of the Development and Classification of Film Law (Act 935), 2016.
She spoke in an exclusive interview after a Committee her ministry set up on May 30th, 2018 to work on having an L.I presented its report.
The Committee which comprises leaders of the various film value chain groups began their work since June 7, 2018 by meeting stakeholders and industry players over the Development and Classification of Film Law (Act 935).
According to the Minister, when an Authority is established as contained in Development and Classification of Film Law (Act 935), the huge potential in Film making which will lead to job creation and make Ghana a film location and thereby enhancing tourism will be unearthed.
She said the Authority which will serve as a regulatory body as far as Film making is concern and provide the legal framework for the production, regulation, nurturing and development of the Ghanaian film industry, and for the distribution, exhibition and marketing of films and related matters.
She added that the Act requires the establishment of a National Film Authority and when that is done, it will promote conductive environment for the local production, distribution, exhibition and marketing of films.
She said: “The main objectives of the Authority are to evolve a dynamic, economically self-sustaining and culturally conscious film industry in the country in the national interest, promote the creation of a conducive environment for the local production, distribution, exhibition and marketing of films and encourage the use of films to project the identity and image of the Republic and its people within and outside the country.”
Catherine Afeku enumerated further that the Authority will facilitate co-production between local and foreign producers and regulates foreign participation in the Ghanaian film industry to ensure its benefit to Ghanaian film practitioners just like what is being practiced in other countries like Malta, Kenya and South Africa.
She said it was in the light of this that the Ministry planned to engage stakeholders in film industry to put structures in place to be able to reap the huge and potential benefits that come along with Film making.
“Malta, Kenya and South Africa are doing well because they have an Authority. So my ministry asked the Film industry stakeholders to engage the Attorney General on the modalities of establishing an L.I and they have presented their interim Report. We are going to use this as a basis for the L.I and the establishment of an Authority,” she said.