The Presidential Film Pitch Series was launched on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra by the President, Nana Akufo-Addo.
The Presidential Film Pitch Series is a film activation programme in Ghana aimed at creating a platform for Ghanaian filmmakers with projects within the film ecosystem to engage investors, broadcasters, distributors, sponsors, and platforms around the world for potential opportunities.
In his address, the President reiterated his resolve to strengthen the creative sector to make it a significant contributor to national development.
“Government through the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, and the National Film Authority has brought together Ghanaian film producers on one hand and investors, distributors and marketers on another hand to make deals to the tune of 25 million dollars. This investment which has already been secured will go a long way to strengthen the local film ecosystem,” he said.
Nana Akufo-Addo noted that about 6,000 jobs are expected to be created as a result of this initiative.
He also urged filmmakers to use tourist sites for the films.
“Our country has abandoned some forts and castles, national parks, historic traditional palaces, wildlife, and festivals that could be film marketed for tourist purposes,” he added.
On Thursday 29th and Friday 30th April 2021, there shall be the final part of the pitch series.
The goal is for all shortlisted projects to close deals that will bring these projects to fruition.
The National Film Authority invites, therefore, investors, broadcasters, and distributors to take advantage of these opportunities in the Film Marketplace.
One hundred projects in the form of documentaries, feature films, short films, series, games, film infrastructure were received by the National Film Authority (NFA) in 2020 from Ghanaian Film Entrepreneurs, out of which twenty-five (25) have been shortlisted.
The programme is organised by the National Film Authority under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts Culture.