The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Honourable Barbara Oteng Gyasi has inaugurated a Film Classification committee under the chairmanship of Mr Socrates Safo, a seasoned Film Producer in the country.
According to her the committee is to preview and classify any Film advertisement intended to churn out Movie and Film content consumption of the Ghanaian citizenry.
She stressed that the Film Classification committee is to help open a new Chapter in the development of the Ghanaian Film industry.
Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi, indicated that the committee will work to ensure that the country derives the optimum financial reward in Film Production and this is expected to change the narratives in the Ghanaian movie industry, position stakeholders well such as will help them derive maximum benefits from the industry.
Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi, made these remarks at the inauguration of a Film Classification committee in Accra, on 14th May, 2020.
She stressed that her outfit attaches great importance to the work of the classification committee, as established by the Film Act 935 of 2016, considering that it is a multi-billion dollar sector, which must be protected for the betterment of the Ghanaian people.
Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi, further entreated the committee to discharge their duties without bias or favour to any group or persons in the Film industry. This according to her will help advance the socio-cultural and economic benefit of any Ghanaian movie production.
On his part, the Chairman of the classification committee, Mr. Socrates Safo, assured film-loving fans in Ghana and the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, of his unflinching support and together with his team pledged to deliver effectively on the assigned mandate.
He was quick to lament that as a producer, what baffled him a lot is the unprofessional way Film Maker’s flood the Ghanaian market with content which have negative impact on the viewing public particularly the youth, and promised that under his tutelage, the issue would be tackled.
A veteran actor, who also doubles as the Chairman of the National Film Authority (NFA) and also the Chairman for the occasion, Mr. David Dontoh, used the occasion to appeal to stakeholders in the movie production industry in the country, to collaborate with the classification committee to improve their enterprises to enable them compete globally to rake in the much needed revenue for the country.
The Film Classification Committee is a body under the NFA with the sole purpose of benchmarking the categorization, classification of all audio-visual materials such as Movies, Television Programmes and Music Videos, Standardization, and preview of Film content meant for public consumption.
Meanwhile the various institutional representation on the classification committee are the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Information Services Department, National Commission on Culture, National Film and Television Institute, Film Producers Association, Ghana Police Service and the Copyright Office. The the rest are the Christian Council of Ghana, Federation of Muslim Council, Traditional Religious Authority, Ministry of Gender and Children and Social Protection and the National House of Chiefs.