Presspeep.com reported some months back that some Indian and Ghanaian filmmakers have signed a memorandum of understanding which will see both parties shooting movies in each other’s respective country.
Unfortunately, the National President of Film Directors Guild of Ghana, Richard Yaw Boateng, and his team who fronted the move, has disclosed that the agreement did not yield fruits. Reason? According to Mr. Boateng, “We went to India in 2015 to negotiate and sign an MOU with the authorities of the Film Producers but our government then did nothing to support the initiative, so we couldn’t progress with it.”
Soldiering on, Mr. Boateng and his team, has had a meeting with the current president of Ghana on the morbid state of the film industry and the good news that came out of it is that, the President has directed Mr. Boateng to lead a team to India to renegotiate the MOU signed in India in 2015.
He revealed that the delegation led by him will be leaving for India on the 3rd June. The trip will be sponsored by the government of Ghana through the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture. He also disclosed that the Ghana High Commissioner in New Delhi, India, H.E Mike Oquaye Jnr, is facilitating the meetings with the Bollywood authorities.
Another good news is that, Mr. Boateng and a host of others have had a meeting with Ghanaian Hollywood star actor, Boris Cecil Tay-Natey Kudjoe, who expressed his interest in bringing top notch Hollywood producers to film their movies in Ghana.
Mr. Boris stated that he has a lot of followers from L.A, California who are very ready to come to Ghana and shoot their films in Ghana, but their coming would be determined by the kind of incentives that the government of Ghana is ready to put in place to attract them.
He also mentioned that the government of Ghana would have to see the relationship between the development of the Ghana Film Industry and tourism – and that it is the Film Industry that basically promotes the tourism industry attracts foreigners to the country who come as tourists.
In his presentation, Boris Kudjoe cited that in the United States of America, the Film Industry produces the highest GDP as compared to the Tourism Industry; that the Film Industry makes direct investment into the economy than any other economic sector in the world.
Mr. Boateng wholeheartedly welcomed Mr. Boris Kudjoe for the top Hollywood producers to film in Ghana initiative. As one of the leaders in the film industry in Ghana, Mr. Boateng assured Mr. Kudjoe that the Ghana Film Industry is very ready to work with him 100% since it will serve the same purpose of developing the Ghana Film Industry.