NFA MEETS FILM GUILDS AND FIXERS
On the 20th of October, 2021, the National Film Authority had engagements with key stakeholder guilds and fixers at the Accra Tourist Information Centre.
After some very fruitful and insightful deliberations, the twelve (12 ) most important take away from the meeting are as follows:
▫️The need for accreditation of guilds, which is a key mandate of the NFA, must commence to enhance the guild community to adequately play its role in the commitment of the film sector to work towards making Ghana a film hub.
▫️Film as one of the most important vehicles for creating jobs and cultural enhancement, must become a more targeted non-traditional export of Ghana.
▫️The guilds must work together and collaborate in the interest of growth and staying relevant in the long term. In this direction, guilds must have a minimum , ten (10 ) year strategy or more.
▫️To help propel the sector to contribute adequately to Ghana’s economy, the NFA should work with the authorities to streamline taxation, especially for the many foreign productions coming into the country.
▫️ The NFA must quicken its work on tax incentives, but continue to work to aggregate in the meantime, already existing policies that may inure to the benefit of the sector.
▫️ There must be a more deliberate collection of data and the guilds which were present made the commitment to help map the profile of their members to help a more targeted intervention approach.
▫️Practitioners must be graded to help ascertain levels of skill sets and pricing.
▫️The NFA should work with guilds towards the standardization of prices.
▫️The meeting encouraged a mapping of the equipment landscape to facilitate foreign productions.
▫️Guilds need to focus their energies on building their internal structures to remain relevant and the guilds which were present at the engagement made a commitment to do just that.
▫️Training was identified as an important box to tick in helping to streamline the activities of guilds as well as to upgrade the skill sets of practitioners.
▫️ After declaring their support for the activities of the NFA, the latter was urged to remain focused on working to situate Ghana as a film hub in the region.
The National Film Authority is focused on its strategy of working to situate Ghana as a film hub and takes the time to say a big thank you to all guilds and fixers that were present. As partners, we can only walk and build together on this journey.