She said, her Ministry, with support from the Attorney-General and the Ministry for Justice had the Film Bill gazetted in January this year after a rigorous exercise of collecting, refining and documenting.
According to her, the Bill which was submitted to Parliament several years ago had been called on two occasions on the floor of the House and she is optimistic that it will be passed into law soon.
Opening the maiden edition of a four-day ‘2016 Black Star International Film Festival’ in Accra on Thursday, 25th August, 2016, she noted the relevance and importance of the bill, saying it remained critical to the revolution of the film industry, which has the potential to market Ghana’s cultural heritage sites.
The Deputy Minister, who is also an industry player noted that film makers in Ghana can take advantage of the new status of Ghana in reference to the seven UNESCO Conventions ratified last year and stressed on the need for originality and authenticity of the work done by all industry players. She also called for unity among the industry players.
The 2016 Black Star International Film Festival (BSIFF), organized on the theme: ‘Shaping the minds of a generation’ presents forty films to be screened over a four-day period which were selected from producers all over the world.
The Executive Director of BSIFF, Ms Juliet Asante said the vision of BSIFF is to become one of the top five film festivals on the continent; making Ghana a coveted festival destination in Africa. She added that the focus of this year’s festival is on the business of film and also to bridge critical industry gaps.
She further noted that film is not only an important source of national pride and identity, but it creates jobs and attracts more direct foreign investments. More importantly, she said film has the potential to transform people’s physio-cultural make-up.