Juliet Asante, the Executive Secretary of the National Film Authority (NFA), is advising Ghanaian filmmakers to come up with great movies or the industry will die.
According to Juliet Asante, any producer who claims that the film industry is declining or dead has nothing worthwhile to offer.
She made this statement during an interview with Graphic Showbiz, which was monitored by 1Family Radio.
“I don’t know why anyone would say the movie industry in Ghana is dead or dying. We are doing amazingly well. More than 20 movies have been released this year. I have watched most of them, and they are incredible,’’ she disclosed.
‘’I would therefore encourage movie producers to do more because the industry needs compelling stories told. Any producer who sits there and complains simply has nothing good to offer,” she noted.
The founder and current head of the Black Star International Film Institute, Ms. Asante, asserts that Ghanaians are always willing to watch good movies, provided they are well made.
“We all love to watch movies, and I don’t believe Ghanaians will reject any good ones. See, why are Yvonne Nelson and Shirley Frimpong Manso filling cinemas anytime they bring out new movies? This shows Ghanaians have a love for our films. We just have to do more.’’
She claimed that the NFA has partnered with film makers to increase the number of local films shown during Ghana Cinema Week, which started last year, in an effort to encourage Ghanaians to support local cinema.
“The NFA is on the agenda to get more Ghanaians to watch our movies, and we are doing that with Ghana Cinema Week in December.
“Last year, we had a lot of Ghanaians come to the Black Star Square to watch great movies from our producers, and we are doing the same this year. We will screen more than 10 movies, and we encourage our people to come in their numbers to watch,” she added.