Seminar on Film Act review comes off in Ho

By: Tim Dzamboe, Ho
Stakeholders at the Film Act seminar
Some participants at the seminar

IN the face of the dominance of foreign content on on local screens, stakeholders in the film industry have been charged to re-strategise and come out with a revised film act to protect the local industry.

According to the convener of the taskforce for the review of the Legislative Instrument for the Film Act 935, Mr George Bosompim, players in the industry must also come up with content that meets the demand of new media and marketing to sell Ghana’s image outside.

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Mr Bosompim made the call at a meeting held at the Volta Serene Hotel last Saturday, to draft a new legislative instrument for the Film Act 935, deliberate on the challenges of the film industry and the way forward.

He argued that the absence of a functional film act since 1996 to guide the industry after the sale of national film authorities had affected the industry’s performance and the meeting was to get ideas for a new bill as an interim measure to solve its many problems.

A facilitator of the Film and Television Production Guild of Ghana, Mr Michael Gyan asked distributors and producers to present good content to promote the industry and project the country’s image adding that some nations such as America sold itself through the film industry.

He said they should uphold principles of content management on platforms such Netflix to generate income.

The meeting brought together 25 representatives from various sectors of the film industry including the National Film and Television Institute, Ghana Academy of Film and Television Arts, Ghana Actors’ Guild, Women in Film and Television, Film and Television Production Guild of Ghana, Marketers and Distributors Association of Ghana, Art Directors’ and Designers’ Guild of Ghana and Film Crew Association of Ghana.

The rest are, Film Producers Association of Ghana, New Media Guild, Ghana Culture Forum, Ghana Concert Party Union, AudioVisual Rights Society of Ghana with representation from the Copyright Office and the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General.