Gov’t to build film village in Kumasi – Dr Iddi

Deputy Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr Ziblim Barri Iddi The Deputy Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr Ziblim Barri Iddi has said that the government will build a film village in Kumasi, the Ashanti regional capital.

“I am happy to announce to you that the government has taken a very solid decision to build a film village in Kumasi, government appreciates the effort you are all making in the industry and is ever ready to support you,” he said.

Dr Ziblim Iddi was speaking at the opening of the fourth edition of the Blackstar International Film Festival (BSIFF) at the Alliance Francaise in Accra.

“I am so excited to be here and I would use this opportunity to congratulate Juliet and the team for bringing us and sustaining the Blackstar International Film Festival. The festival has come to stay.

“We are in the ‘Year of Return’ and this festival takes centre stage of the ‘Year of Return’. Our strength is in our cultural heritage and this festival will put culture at the centre of tourism. I will encourage all Ghanaians to participate in the festival,” he said. Dr Ziblim Barri Iddi with Juliet Asante In her welcome address, President and founder of the BSIFF, Juliet Yaa Asantewaa Asante said her team was excited to welcome 28 countries into Ghana and to the festival.

“A year comes by quickly. Last year, we explored in our minds how film can be a tool for national development, imagining how it can serve as a tool for opening up employment opportunities for the many young people who are interested in the film sector and working all manner of jobs on a film set.

“We imagined that films could bring in the needed foreign investment into our country, Ghana if the environment were made attractive to encourage more co-productions to happen.

“We touched on how this could go further to helping sell and brand Ghana to bring in more tourists into the country who will also spend hard currency,” she said.

“The good news is that, not only did we imagine, we got to work. In collaboration with the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) and with the help of our advocacy partner, BUSAC, we set out to help define a clear path towards making this dream of positioning Ghana as a film hub, a reality. Actress Yvonne Nelson and singer, Irene Logan were at the opening of the […]

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