Creative arts industry is an orphan—Kwaw Ansah

By: Adom News

Renowned filmmaker, Kwaw Paintsil Ansah, has lamented over successive governments’ failure to help grow “orphaned” creative arts industry in Ghana.

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The ‘Love Brewed in the African Pot’ producer attributes lack of growth of the industry after several years of independence, partly to the lack of a Film Act to regulate and streamline activities of industry players.

This, among others he said, has led to the collapse of the industry.

Another area of concern, he added, is a disunited front among industry players, coupled with the ‘pull-him-down’ attitude among filmmakers.

However, Kwaw Ansah, who was honoured by the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) Alumni Association with an award, is optimistic that the industry can be better off if players come together. 

He was speaking at the second edition of Talk Series organised by the NAFTI Alumni Association in collaboration with NAFTI as part of its 40th-anniversary celebrations.

It was under the theme: “Ghana’s Film Marketing and Distribution; Potentials and Challenges”.

General Manager of Multi TV, Abdulai Awudu, one of the panellists, called on creative players in the arts industry to unite for the good of the industry.

According to him, the time has come for each one of them to chart a common path to save the industry from collapsing, adding all must eschew selfish interest.

Meanwhile, Rector of NAFTI, Dr Samuel Nai, hinted of plans by the institute to establish campuses across the regions to train more hands.