‘The Film Support Project’ Launched in Kumasi……But, funds are not for free as Creative Arts Council Cautions!

On Friday 13th March 2020 at the SSNIT Hall in Kumasi, some stakeholders of the movie industry in Ghana, together with officials from the Creative Arts Council, the Ghana Tourism Authority and other related bodies, came together to launch ‘The Film Support Project’. According to the Head of Operations of the Creative Arts Council Frank Owusu, the initiative is one of the funds setup by the Government of Ghana through various institutions to help assist the film producers in Ghana. However, he stated that the funds were not for free and therefore, successful applicants will be required to pay back after completing their projects.  A total of 10 film producers were announced as having completed the vetting process successfully. ‘The Film Support Project’ was financed by the Ghana Tourism Authority and managed by the Creative Arts Council of Ghana. 

Late last year, at the maiden edition of the Ghana Creative Industry Forum in Accra, the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Hon. Barbara Oteng – Gyasi, announced a Ghc 10,000,000.00 loan facility for members of the creative arts in Ghana. ‘The Film Support Project’ adds to the various financial support initiatives from the Government to aid the production of movies in Ghana. The Head of Operations of the Creative Arts Council Frank Owusu, said that this was an opportunity for filmmakers in Ghana but it should not be abused. “We must take advantage of this opportunity while we wait for others as well. The Ministry of Business Development has also reached out to support the Creative Arts, but it’s also going through a process. So, just be sure you have a good script that can stand the test of time, a budget that suits what we are looking for, and your equity contribution to your project. However, the money we are giving you is not for free, otherwise, we would have allowed anybody to apply. That’s why we are also asking for your track record or history in the film business as part of the requirement”, he explained. 

At the launch, 10 film producers were announced as beneficiaries of the fund after going through a series of interviews and screenings of their scripts by a 7 member committee comprising screenwriters and other film related professionals. The beneficiaries were required to sign a memorandum of understanding after which the funds will be made available to them. A member of the high table, film maker Socrates Safo, added that some of the applicants submitted good stories but not screenplays. Therefore, such works would be passed on to professional screenwriters to convert them into ‘workable’ documents. He said this would come at no cost to the applicants, and when the project commences, there would be periodic visits and checks to ensure that the productions are being carried out as agreed. These will be part of the monitoring and evaluation process of the project. 
By Jerry Wonder 

Below are the list of the 10 Beneficiaries:
1) Angel Gabriel Apogmina (Big Brother Film Production).
2) Clement Amankwa (Christian Movie Production).
3) Awal Mohammed Ali (Fikhad Production).
4) Christopher Dadzie  (Big J Production).
5) Yussif Osuman (Perfect Motion Movies).
6) Frederick Adumako (Kwame B.A.)
7) Lawrence Bennete (B.H.T.C Limited)
8) Mawuli A. Peter (Nhyiraba Pama Films).
9) Sampson Annoh (Media Sam Production).
10) Rev. Peter Awane (Compact Media Production).

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