The ‘Best Film Director’ in 2019 according to the Ghana Movie Awards Pascal Aka, a few days ago disclosed to Shine Publications in a phone interview from his home in Accra, that I’d the current partial lockdown in some parts of Ghana were to be maintained till December he will do his best no to Commit suicide. The filmmaker explained what many may have described as an exaggerated comment as the the true state of affairs for filmmakers in Ghana.
After winning the highest number of awards during last year’s Ghana Movie Awards for his film ‘Gold Coast Lounge’, filmmaker Pascal Aka has stated that he has not yet fully profited from his film and his attempts to do so have be brought to a stand by due to the global state of emergency as a result of the presence of the Coronavirus pandemic. He said if conditions such as the lockdown persists till December, it would be financially disastrous for filmmakers such as himself. “At least 2 or 3 film festivals have been postponed since the Coronavirus outbreak. Even though I don’t get paid for attending these festivals, I make a lot of contacts for distribution and exhibitions. But now, the Coronavirus has halted all that. So honestly, if this lockdown stays active till December, I will try not to commit suicide”, he said.
‘The Gold Coast Lounge’ movie was nominated in 3 international film festivals this year namely the ‘New African Film Festival’ in the United States, the ‘Luxor Africa Film Festival’ in Egypt, and the ‘Festival International du Film Pan African de Cannes’. Last year, the movie won 7 awards at the Ghana Movie Awards in Accra.
By Jerry Wonder