H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, is confident that the passing of the Creative Arts Bill will serve as a strong backbone to the arts industry.
In his State of the Nation address yesterday, January 8, the president assured parliament that the bill will bring into being, the creative arts fund, which will be available to industry stakeholders.
“The foundations for the passing of the creative arts bill have been laid, and ultimately processes for the setting up of the creative arts fund will be completed to enable our creative artists to access funds to boost their art”, he said.
About the Development and Classification of Film Bill.
The Development and Classification of Film Bill was signed by H.E. John Dramani Mahama after it was passed by Parliament after going through all the various consideration stages on October, 21.
The Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Creative Arts, Hon. Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare commended the president for signing the film bill into law.
The passage of the Development and Classification of Film Bill has come as a great relief for most industry players in the creative arts business since the movie trade has no protection.
The Bill, among others, defined a Ghanaian Film as a film which is registered with the National Film Authority, classified as Ghanaian, and which satisfies any three of the following criteria:
1 The language used in the film is English or Ghanaian language
2 The Film has a Ghanaian producer
3 The Film has a Ghanaian Production Team
4 The Film has a Ghanaian Film Director
5 The Film has a predominantly Ghanaian cast
6 The subject matter is Ghanaian and
7 The Film has a Ghanaian identity as defined by sight and sound.
The Development and Classification of Film Bill is an ACT to provide the legal framework for the production, regulation, nurturing and development of the Ghanaian film industry, and for the distribution, exhibition and marketing of films and for related matters.