The Government of Ghana has announced a 50 million cedis package to the local film industry in a gesture that is among other things, aimed at buoying the employability level of the sector with 40,000 jobs expected to be generated annually.
On Tuesday, 12th October 2021, speaking at the inauguration of the governing board of the Ghana Film industry, the tourism minister,Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal said the fund, which will amongst others, provide Ghanaian filmmakers the opportunity to access markets for their films.
He charged the board to engage investors, broadcasters, distributors, sponsors, and platforms around the world for potential collaborations, sponsorship, investment, sales, and advertising opportunities.
The Minister encouraged local film producers to show more creativity and innovation in their productions to make Ghanaian films not only popular within the country, but also capable of satisfying international audiences.
Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, Minister of Tourism, Arts noted that the film industry was a gold mine and that the ministry would resource the sector to make Ghanaian films makers, actors, and artists become rich and comfortable, which also formed part of the government’s policy of creating jobs and wealth.
He said the target was to ensure that Ghana produced 200 world-class movies each year, which would generate 40,000 jobs in that sector alone.
He said another move was for the creation of a film bank that would ensure the production of good scripts.
Story by: Kwaku Stephen