UniMAC- Institute of Film and Television calls for increased funding to boost Ghana’s film industry

April 5, 2024
UniMAC- Institute of Film and Television calls for increased funding to boost Ghana’s film industry
Dr. Ramatu Mustapha Dadzie

Dr. Ramatu Mustapha Dadzie, the acting rector of UniMAC- Institute of Film and Television (formerly NAFTI), has emphasized the critical role of funding in revitalizing Ghana's film industry. With the government estimating direct film sales in Ghana at US$10,000 annually and generating nearly 200,000 indirect jobs, Dr. Dadzie stressed the need for strategic investments to unlock the industry's potential.

Speaking on the Asaase Breakfast Show, Dr. Dadzie urged Ghanaian filmmakers to adopt a more business-oriented approach. She highlighted the success of the Nigerian film industry, citing the presence of supportive business structures and financial institutions like Access Bank that facilitate funding for filmmakers.

Dr. Dadzie emphasized the importance of collaboration between creatives and financiers, noting that while the creativity of filmmakers is essential, financial support is equally crucial for industry growth. She underscored the need for Ghana to emulate successful models from other countries, where access to finance has played a pivotal role in driving the film sector's success.

Reflecting on the achievements of films produced by UniMAC- Institute of Film and Television, Dr. Dadzie expressed optimism about the industry's potential but emphasized the necessity of adequate financial support to propel Ghanaian cinema onto the global stage.

In conclusion, Dr. Dadzie reiterated the importance of taking risks and establishing avenues for financial support within the Ghanaian film industry. She urged stakeholders to work together to create an enabling environment that fosters creativity, innovation, and sustainable growth in the film sector.

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