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STAKEHOLDERS IN THE FILM INDUSTRY PICKET AT THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM

NFA now Action Group (#NFAnow- AG), a pressure group formed by stakeholders and practitioners from the film industry are demanding the establishment of the National Film Authority (NFA) under the Classification and Development of Film Act, Act 935 by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

The Former Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture who is also the Member of Parliament for Evalue-Gwira-Ajomoro, Hon. Catherine Afeku started the process of getting the Authority established.

Under her leadership, she charged stakeholders to conduct nationwide stakeholder engagements so as to map out modalities for the Legislative Instrument (L.I) that will ensure the institutionalization of the Development and Classification of Film Law (Act 935), 2016.

The committee after its findings handed over an in-depth report to the Ministry, which included a draft Legislative Instrument which was about 60% ready.

The current Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture assured stakeholders of getting the Authority established after going through the handing over notes which included the report from the committee.

Her silence and delay on the issue regarding the establishment of the Authority according to stakeholders and practitioners in the industry is worrying.

Practitioners and Stakeholders in the Film industry picket at the forecourt of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and presented their petition to the Ministry to be addressed.

Dressed in red apparel, members of the film industry demanded the establishment of the National Film Authority before 2019 ends.

The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi is yet to respond to the demand of stakeholders in the Film industry.

Stakeholders in the movie industry have indicated that creating a National Film Authority will help spearhead the development of the industry and make it more vibrant to meet international standards.

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