Funding slowing Ghana’s participation in global film industry, says UniMAC IFT rector

Speaking on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Wednesday (3 April), Dadzie urged Ghanaian filmmakers to be business-minded

The acting rector of UniMAC- Institute of Film and Television formerly NAFTI, Dr Ramatu Mustapha Dadzie has said funding is crucial to revamping Ghana’s film industry.

The government estimates put direct film sales in Ghana at US$10,000 annually, creating nearly 200,000 indirect jobs.

As of the first quarter of 2021, data from the Creative Arts Council showed that 2,860 persons were directly employed in the creative arts industry – including film.

Speaking on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Wednesday (3 April), Dadzie urged Ghanaian filmmakers to be business-minded.

“Fundamentally, we need to take risks, both from the side of the creatives and financiers, because the creatives alone cannot do it alone. If you look at the Nigerian system, they have some kind of set-up, there are businesspeople ready to invest.

“I hear that Access Bank has a way of providing finance for them. Also perhaps within the Ghanaian space, if the creatives have the assurance of avenue for financial support why not.”

“So I think that is the aspect that is slowing down our progress to be part of the global movement because the few films that have come out from NAFTI are wonderful. So we just need the financial support, ” Dadzie said.

Dr Ramatu Mustapha Dadzie in the attached audio clip below: 

Reporting by Fred Dzakpata in Accra

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