Team yooyooafrica.com interracted with Christabel Adomako Kye, a film and a Tv content producer concerning the Ghana Film Bill.
“It is said that the Arts help to preserve the total culture of the people. If that statement is true, which I believe it is then permit me to say that the heart of the Arts is the Audio/ Visual Industry, I do not think we can be able to quantify how much the Audio Visual industry has contributed to the image and economy of the USA through HOLLYWOOD or Indian through BOLLYWOOD and many countries that space will not permit me to mention all. But can we say the same about the Audio Visual industry in Ghana?”.
The film producer continued to say..
“If I consider what the film industry is doing in America, India, China, South Africa and even our neighbor, Nigeria my heart bleeds with pain.”
The film producer stated how the Ghana the Film Industry has been left on the shoulders of a few private individuals.
“I think the government of Ghana’s inaction and silence is becoming too LOUD to be ignored.
I see in my mind’s eye, some one pointing to me that we have a FILM BILL before the parliament of Ghana. Yes, a Film Bill that does not capture the lost film theaters and Exhibition centers, A Film Bill that is silent on the National Asset like the Film Industry Corporation premises that was leased to foreigners for ten years without any revenue deducted from the leasing money to support the industry. I can not understand how a Film Bill can be written without a Film Production and Marketing strategy and procedure.”
Christabel applauded Film Marketers, who have really helped the Film Industry, especially since the collapse of the Cinema Halls and Theaters, have not even been recognized in the said Bill. She said pathetically that..
“Foreigners have taken over the Film Industry; Pirates are pirating our Products with impunity. They are emboldened because they powerful as against the genuine players of the industry who are like orphans, without governmental support.
Our Television Stations don’t care about local content. Foreign Telenovelas have taken over the TV screens and If this not a sure way to kill the local Film Industry, then I don’t know what it is?
I don’t think this situation can be allowed in any country that is serious to help her Local Film Industry to grow and prosper.
The only way to avoid a bleak future for the film industry is for the government of Ghana to retrace her steps back to where the 1st republic under Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Left the Film Industry in 1966.
State support and active participation is needed now, if not, I fear the tiny shoulders of the few individuals who are now carrying the Film Industry and gradually losing their capitals will break down and smash the Film Industry to its collapse in the near future.”
The passionate film producer who is much concerned about the growth of the film industry however, concluded. ..
“I am not a prophet of doom; I just wish the industry well.instead of setting laws to protect contents/script and illegal pirates to be dealt with,sponsorship board to screen and ban tv . commercials that promotes nothing but promiscuity among teenagers,its rather the film bill that is not in favour of us but to make us loose interest in our God given talents and carrier.”