The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghna Investments Promotion Centre (G.I.P.C) Yoofi Grant, has stated that the Government of Ghana has began discussions with foreign investors for the establishment of a “Regional Film Industry” in Ghana. He said this on Wednesday 22nd July 2020 during a virtual seminar on film organized by the National Film Authority.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghb Investments Promotion Centre (G.I.P.C) Yoofi Grant, has assured the public that the Government is indeed working hard to develop the film industry by soliciting for the needed funding in order to establish relevant infrastructure for the industry. “There has been conversation to set up a ‘Regional Film Industry’ in Ghana with foreign investment. We have a group from San Francisco in Los Angeles, that are looking to set up a state – of – the – art film studio as part of their development of the Trade Fair site, but also as part of the Accra Marine Development Project. There is also another group looking to embark on a major film investment in the Eastern Region. There has also been interests in the use of technology creatively; but we are yet to sign on the dotted line to make sure that they are in”, he said.
Yoofi Grant added that the Government views filmmaking also as a tool for social development, nevertheless, advised that industry players should not relent in their continuous efforts to push the industry forward. “I certainly believe that filmmaking is a major part of our culture and our conscientization, and therefore, we need to rally around and push; and there’s no better time than now. But, before we do that, we need to be sure that the industry itself is pulling itself up; it’s not just that we are setting the structure and nothing will be happening”, he said.
Yoofi Grant was part of the panelist for the virtual seminar dubbed ‘N.F.A Pitch Series’. The webinar was under the theme ‘Prospects of the Pitch Series’; a follow up to a public call for new content from film producers in Ghana for a selection process of which successful applicants are likely to receive funding from investors.
By Jerry Wonder