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The Ghana film industry has been bewildered with lots of problems in recent years. Most of these problems have been enunciated by stake holders for some years now and still there seem to be no solution on sight.

Not long ago some industry players focused on the influx of foreign contents on our TV screens as the gamut of the industry’s troubles. The industry in Ashanti region, took to the street to demonstrate against these foreign contents on our screen, in a demonstration themed; “Yɛregye yɛn ammamerɛ”. Which is translated, literally, to mean; we are taking back our culture.

A lot was expected to have happened after the demonstration, but the industry calmly returned to its hospital bed. It seemed the expectations of the numerous industry players, from the demonstration, was nothing but a disappointment.

To revive and begin the process of rebuilding the industry, a team of industry players have come out with a plan; GHANA INTERNATIONAL FILM WEEK.

It’s a week of activities targeted at reviving the film industry; involving workshops, conferences and health screening.

The Ghana International Film week commences with a Filmmakers workshop on the 5th to the 7th of December, 2017. The venue of the workshop is at the DSTV conference room, in Accra, 8am prompt every morning.

This workshop is being sponsored by the DSTV Ghana office, the Canadian High Commission and the National Commission on Culture.

16th December, 2017, the Ghana film industry will embark on an unprecedented health walk, screening and blood donations. This event will happen in TAMALE, KUMASI and ACCRA, 8am prompt to 12 noon simultaneously. The three regions will simultaneously go on a health walk, after which the participants will be screened off various illness and then proceed to give back to society with a blood donation exercise. The Kumasi screening is powered by the Suntreso Hospital, Community hospital will facilitate the Accra event while Tamale teaching hospital takes care of the Tamale event.

On the 18th December, will be the opening ceremony of the film industry conference. The conference opening will be witnessed by the Senior minister, Hon Osarfo Marfo, the sector minister, Hon Catherine Afeku, the second lady, HE Mrs. Samira Bawumia and Dr. Samuel Narh, the rector for NAFTI.

Other ministries invited for the four days conference are; The ministry of Gender, children and social protection, Ministry of employment and labor relations, Ministry of Trade and industries, ministry of chieftaincy and traditional affairs, ministry of communication, and other related institutions.

The 19th to 21st of December, will be all about the conference, trying to find solutions to the problems of the industry for a policy drafting.

This event is planned to be a yearly event developing into a content sales and networking event in Africa.

It is being managed by industry players and powered by MKON multimedia.

As at the time of writing this, only Bandex Thai restaurant is on board sponsoring some aspects of the event.

We are appealing to companies and institutions for support to help rebuild the Ghana film industry into an employment hub for Ghana.

By: Michael Ola

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