‘Meta Cinema Forum Africa’ Receives Optimistic Comments At Press Launch in Accra

Officials from the National Film Authority with specials guests officially declaring the ‘Meta Cinema Forum Africa’ launched at the Movenpick Hotel in Accra.

The launch of the much talked about ‘Meta Cinema Forum Africa’ came off on Monday 15th August 2022 at the Movenpick Hotel in Accra. The event which was a spearheaded by the National Film Authority (N.F.A), brought quite a number of stakeholders in the film industry in Ghana to witness the official unveiling of Africa’s first ever cinema forum; an event scheduled for November this year, will seek to showcase some of Africa’s economic opportunities by exploiting the untapped ‘cinema business’ across the continent. There we encouraging remarks from notable personalities such as the Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry Hon. Herbet Krapa, legendary Ghanaian Filmmaker Kwaw Ansah, and others.

Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Hon. Herbet Krapa seated at the launch in Accra.

The Government of Ghana has stated that Ghana is indeed ready to support the growth of the film business both locally and internationally, as this would aid in also helping Ghanaian film productions go far. The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Hon. Herbet Krapa, said so at the launch of the ‘Meta Cinema Forum Africa’ on Monday. “We will continue to work with the National Film Authority and all relevant stakeholders to create the platform and legislative environment conducive enough to aid our penetration into other markets”, he said.

Legendary Ghanaian Filmmaker Kwaw Ansah at the launch in Accra.

Adding to Ghana’s readiness to support such initiatives related to the growth of film business was, legendary Ghanaian Filmmaker and founder of TV Africa Kwaw Ansah. He said film was would play a vital role in Ghana’s development. “Film will help our progress. Let us support the N.F.A with competence”, he said.

The Chief Executive Officer of the National Film Authority Juliet Yaa Asantewaa Asante speaking at the event in Accra

The Chief Executive Officer of the National Film Authority Juliet Yaa Asantewaa Asante described the cinema business as highly rewarding, and suggested that film can equally be used to encourage employment opportunities on the continent. “One of the quickest avenues of gaining revenue, as a country, is through the cinema business. Also, film is the art that doesn’t do it alone because, there is no film that has been made by one person. It is usually a community that puts together a film project”, she explained.

The Board Chairman of the National Film Authority David Dontoh, speaking at the event

Also, the Chairman of the Board of the National Film Authority David Dontoh, invited all stakeholders in the film community to take part in the upcoming event. He also described hosting the first ever ‘Meta Cinema Forum’ in Africa as a very positive course of action and said he was glad that Ghana was leading the way. “The clarion call for this launch, is for investors across board in the filmmaking industry, policy formulation authorities, producers, distributors, exhibitors, marketers, studio and equipment suppliers, and all the rest of them to stand by for the Mega ‘Meta Cinema Forum Africa’ in November. It is my fevrent hope and cherished wish to hereby, conclude that Africa is taking a huge step in bettering our film storytelling fortunes in the near future; and Ghana is happy to spearhead this”, he said.

There was also a discussion by a panel comprising knowledgeable minds in film and associated matters. They were Funmi Onuma, Daniel Damah, and Jan Ruange.

The first ever ‘Meta Cinema Forum Africa’ is facilitated by the National Film Authority in partnership with the ‘Great Minds’ Group of the United Arab Emirates. The event comes as a response to a 2021 UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) report about the unexplored economic and social opportunities in the cinema business in Africa.

By Jerry Wonder Sampson

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