The President of the Film Crew Association of Ghana (FiCAG) Samuel Gyandoh, has blamed the absence of efficient and credible structures to assist filmmakers in Ghana in acquiring loans for film productions for the stagnation of the film industry in Ghana. However, he said with the establishment of the National Film Authority, hope was not gone. He explained that the ‘Film Development Fund’ was captured in the Constitution of Ghana and it was the duty of the National Film Authority to activate it for film producers in the country. He said this over the weekend in an exclusive interview with Shine Publications in Accra.
The President of the Film Crew Association of Ghana (FiCAG) Samuel Gyandoh recently admitted to a silent crisis affecting film producers; and the production crew for that matter, due to the lack of financial support. However, he expressed his optimism for the near future. “The reason banks are not giving loans to film producers is because there are no structures to guarantee that the money will be paid back. But, thank God we have the National Film Authority (N.F.A), because in the same Constitution of Ghana where the N.F.A has its backing, it is also clearly stated that there must be a Film Development Fund. And, this will cater for the need of funding for film producers in Ghana. So, we should be patient and support the N.F.A because a lot is coming for the film industry in Ghana”, he explained.
The National Film Authority is the body recognized by the laws of Ghana as the specific voice for the development and promotion of film in Ghana. It is therefore mandated by the Constitution of Ghana in Act 935 to carry out certain duties to ensure the sustainability of the film industry under the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.
By Jerry Wonder