The maiden edition of the International Film Week and Ghana Film honour was launched yesterday by the organizers of Ghana International Film Week MKON at Maxlot Hotel.
Top personalities and head of the various Associations in the Creative Arts industry were present including Film Producers Association of Ghana’s president Augustine Abbey popularly called Idikoko, Samuel Gyandoh, president of Film Crew Association, president of women in Creative Arts, The Director of Communications and Special Projects of the Musicians Union of Ghana ( MUSIGA), Ahuma Ocansey popularly known as Daddy Bosco among others.
Mr Ola Michael, as part of the organizers, disclosed at the launch that, in 2014, a plan was hatched to bring the industry together.
“There was a plan to make one huge program, a gathering where everyone could be present to tackle challenges and have solutions for them, but due to our inability to get sponsorship coupled with disunity in the industry, we couldn’t continue,” Ola stated.
According to him, the festival which will begin on 23rd and end on 30th June will have people in the industry get themselves involved for this year's mission which involves clean-up exercises in 4 major regions across the country. The various regions will be the Greater Accra Region, the Ashanti Region, the Northern Region and lastly, the Western Region.
Also, there would be an open forum with the minister on 25th and the essence is to find out what she has been doing with the industry so far.
He further made mention that, ten veterans will be honoured with Gh¢25,000 worth of Gold and citation sponsored by the Zylofon Arts Fund.
President of Film Producers Association, Idikoko in his speech affirmed that events like Ghana Film Festival play a crucial role in the development of the movie industry and that the various conventions around diverse topics which form part of the festival will allow for introspection And analysis of the issues affecting the industry.
Let us all help rebuild the industry!