Yesterday, the National Film Authority of Ghana (N.F.A) released a statement on social media signed by the Executive Secretary of the N.F.A Juliet Yaa Asantewaa Asante, stating that ‘Meta Cinema Forum Africa’ which was initially announced to come off in November this year, has been postponed to next year 2023. The letter did not state the exact new date or a particular reason for the postponement, but apologized for any inconvenience caused; as well as reaffirmed the N.F.A’s commitment to advocating for the establishment of more Cinemas (screens) across Ghana and Africa as a whole.
The letter published on the National Film Authority’s official social media platforms read, “The National Film Authority regrets to announce that the Meta Cinema Forum Africa, which was scheduled to happen on the 21st and 22nd of November 2022 in Accra, Ghana, is now set to happen in 2023 due to extreme circumstances beyond our control… The National Film Authority sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience caused by the postponement”.
It continued stating that indeed the N.F.A, despite the postponement, was still steadfast in its pursuit for more screens for film in Ghana and Africa. “We remain committed to advocating for cinema infrastructural development and helping to bridge the gaps within the cinema landscape in Ghana and on the African continent, as this continues to be a huge opportunity for cinema businesses and investors globally”.
Furthermore, the N.F.A stated that what was known as ‘Meta Cinema Forum Africa’ has now been changed to a new name and asked stakeholders to register at the new portal inorder to participate in the event come 2023. “We therefore take this opportunity to announce that the event, now ‘Africa Cinema Summit’, is scheduled for 2023 in Ghana. The exact date will be communicated in due course. We invite all stakeholders in the cinema landscape to click https://africacinemasummit.com/ to register to participate”, the statement read.
The ‘Meta Cinema Forum Africa’ was launched on August 15th at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra with the objective of “setting a cinema agenda to create jobs, attracting revenue, and showcasing the stories of Ghana for the people of Ghana and Africa”.
By Jerry Wonder