Thursday, February 3, 2011

NAFTI initiate to improve Ghanaian movie production‎

I am so happy about below article - that Ghana NAFTI is going to get involved to revamp ghana movie production and industry.

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Please Please Please do, help us to get rid of the useless producers producing crap soft porn movies (Socrates Sarfo and the likes) giving our industry a bad name. Please call back all the alumnis of Nafti who have migrated abroad to come home and help - Sparrow Production (Shirley and her crew) can not do all the good work by themselves, they needs help - lets weed out the illiterates who have gotten some money in their hands and feel they have the right to get behind cameras, slap ridiculous script together overnight, and call them self producers and directors.

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Ghana needs to go back to its roots of great movies worth of global film festivals. "Ye ko ye nim" - we are moving forward. Also i suggest the government helps the industry (both for ghana and naija and everywhere else (and i am only referring to the ones doing a good job not the producers who bombard us with never ending crap releases not worth watching a 2nd time), because this movie making creates a lot of jobs not just to the lead actor or lead actress, but the camera man, the vendors etc.

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I was suggesting to a friend in ghana who is vice head of a bank to try and convince his bank to loan money to movie makers, based on how well their previous movie sold or global accolades they get for their movie done. In nigeria for instance, amongst few other favourite producers, I will so advocate for bank to give someone like Izu Ojukwu money, excellent script writer and movie maker yet he is so limited due to lack of funding. I so wish him the best.

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NAFTI is the best film school in ghana (kinda like the USC Annenberg Film School of Ghana) and has great alumnis (producers, directors, screen writers, journalist etc) but due to lack of funding or support from the government, most migrated abroad out of frustruation and seeking greener pastures. I wish they could come home to help cos this is such a huge industry with hopes to grow if they come and help.

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LETS START OFF MY GETTING RID OF THE SILLY BUSH APUSKELEKE TYPE NAME CALLED "GOLLYWOOD" - what kinda silly name is GOLLYWOOD - just cos India (bollywood) and naija (nollywood) put wood behind the name doesnt mean we have to follow suit. FOr the love of God lets be unique for once - A nice unique and creative name will be nice - Get rid of the name GOLLYWOOD - the name makes my skin crawl - I hate it!!!!!! - i still havent forgotten as i stated before to hold a competition with ghanaian youth of who can come up with the most creative name for Ghana movie industry (the will be a prize of course and ya name will go down in history).

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NAFTI - i will help all i can by using this social media ground to shout at the top of my lungs to help improve this industry - The so much story to tell in Ghana and the whole of Africa - than simply royal theme movies.

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If i was in ghana (and i will be in a few months) - i most definately will try and attend these lectures to learn a thing or two and to give my two cents as blogger and avid african movie watcher. I so yearn for African Movie industry (not just ghana or nigeria) to improve and go to heights.

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I see people out west someday, lining up to pay their $10 at box office just to go watch our movies in nationwide theatres across US, Canada or Europe. I so yearn and wish we get there someday.

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Article:

Authorities of National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) on Tuesday launched the first 2011 NAFTI Lectures to provide a platform for stakeholders in the Ghanaian movie industry to contribute towards its development.The lectures scheduled between February 14 and 18, would also provide a forum for academia, professionals and the public to share and exchange views on how to tackle challenges confronting the industry.

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Launching the programme in Accra, Professor Linus Abraham, Rector of NAFTI said they were being jointly organised with Goethe Institute (GI), a German educational institute that deals with cultural, social and political issues, to highlight the role of film and television in Ghana's socio-economic development.

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He said the lectures would be used to showcase the literary works and movie productions of Kwaw Ansah, a Ghanaian award-wining playwright. "Through daily viewing and discussions on his films and researched paper presentations on his work, the lectures would reflect on the filmmaker's contribution to Ghanaian cinema," he added.Prof Abraham expressed the hope that the lectures would provide alumni of NAFTI the opportunity to contribute towards development of the institute.

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Events slated for the week-long lectures include film screening and discussion, researched paper presentations and diner dance.Mrs Eleonore Sylla, Director of GI, gave the assurance that the institute remained committed towards forming partnership with NAFTI to give Ghanaian movie industry a facelift (courtesy:myjoyonline.com).

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I plan on having a thread titled "What movie theme and story lines You will like to see - and What would you like to see improved in African movie industry".

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5 comments:

Luke said...

This is definitely good news. A lot of great films have come out of Africa, so it's exciting to hear about improvements into the filmmaking process. I just saw a great South African film called White Wedding. It's a uplifting roadtrip film, and handles serious post-Apartheid issues really well. You should check out the trailer at the film's site: http://www.whiteweddingmovie.com

My African Movie Reviews said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog Luke. Yeah its good news.

As for White Wedding - check my tags - I announced about the movie way back last year. I am one step ahead of the game (wink wink)

Anonymous said...

ms tilii i have noticed that u now have developed a keen interest on izu ojukwu,funny u didn't notice him initially,i heard he is working on a new movie tittled "lions of 76",it is bigger than anything he has done yet,and the movie will be starring rita,ramsey,and chidi.About frank rajah arase,i once asked u this question but u never replied,i will ask u again,on a more serious note,what do u think of his upcoming movie "somewhere in africa".One more thing u won't beleive it when i say that some people are comparing frank rajah arase to izu ojukwu,even going to the extent of saying that frank is a better director than izu.

My African Movie Reviews said...

i didnt notice Izu until 2008 - i mean i had watched one of two of his movies but didnt know it was his movie. Besides his movies are hard to find to watch - a typical example is Cindys Notes, i still havent gotten it here in USA to watch it - I dont know how his distribution is - but it seems he doesnt release here in USA with Sanga or Franco like the rest do.

Who ever compared Izu to Frank Schmank ARase - i dont have much words for that person.

Gifty said...

Mrs. Tilli, about the gollywood thing, guh, i hate that name too... i read a similar article somewhere and someone commented about naming it Ghana sini.. u know the twi word for film.. and it sounds like cinema.... what do u think??? i mean most ghanaians think gollywood is just a tacky name, yet we aren't bringing up a better name for our movie industry... Ghana Sini... Ghana Sini.... sounds good to me..

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