Film Bill to be passed soon – Dzifa Gomashie

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The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Ms. Dzifa

Abla Gomashie has expressed the hope that the 'Film Bill' will soon be

passed into law for the transformation of the industry.

She said the bill, which had been onthe shelves of successive

governments for more than two decades, remained critical to the

revolution of the film industry, which had the potential to market

Ghana's cultural heritage.

Opening a five-day '2015 National Film and Television Institute

(NAFTI) Lectures' in Accra on Monday, she said the bill was currently

before Parliament with the executive awaiting the legislature's


The week-long celebration, being organised by the NAFTI, in

collaboration with the Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts Ministry on

the theme, "The Role of the Producers in Sustaining the Ghana Film and

Video Industry," will assess the performance of producers in the

motion picture industry.

Instituted in 2011, it is meant to respond to criticisms of the movie

sector, reform the sector, motivateand award producers who inculcated

standards in their works. Ms. Gomashie, an industry player herself,

said the bill, if passed into law, would not be the panacea to allthe

flaws in the industry but would serve as a means to regulate and

demand the best from practitioners.

The movie industry, she said was large to accommodate every

professional and tasked the industry players to raise the bar and set

the standard.

She commended NAFTI for its collaboration with industry players in

their programmes and called for further partnership to ensure that

students knew the nitty-gritty of the profession before leaving


The Rector of the Institute, Professor Linus Abraham, was optimistic

that the passage of the bill would bring substantial change into the

industry which, in his view, was neglecting standards.

He said the abundance of technology, which was threatening the

existence of movies produced in the 1980s, could spell doom for the

Ghanaian movie industry.

He said "it is important we preserve the audio visual heritage of our

country," and appealed to the Film Producers Association and

benevolent citizens to submit some of the movies produced in the 1980s

for screening.

The Chairman of the occasion and Chairman of the NAFTI Board,

Professor Kofi Anyidoho, said the annual event was important to

keepindustry players on their toes and would remain as part of NAFTI's

key activities.

He said the motion picture industry was critical to the arts industry

and must be treated with all the seriousness it deserved.


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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