The Black Star International Film Festival, a film forum and advocacy platform, aimed at bridging the gap between the local and international film industry, has been officially launched in Accra.
The launch was attended by key stakeholders from the Ghanaian and Nigerian movie industries, government agencies, and development partners; and the media.
Speaking at the Ceremony, Juliet Asante, the Founder and Executive Director of the Black Star International Film Festival said:“ We believe that the images we see and the stories we tell, are important to who we, are as a people.
“ Through the Black Star International Film Festival, we are opening the door to stories that drive the narrative of Africa and for African film makers to share their experiences with an international audience while allowing international film makers to share in the rich culture of Africa’’.
Ghana, thus Ms Asante said, was poised to welcome filmmakers from around the globe annually to celebrate the Art of Filmmaking.
Femi Odugbemi, an award-winning Filmmaker, Writer, Producer, and a respected voice in the Nigerian movie industry, expressed admiration for the initiative and pledged his support to the success of the Festival.
Madam Dzifa Gomashie, the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, noted that the Film Festival was a timely platform being created to help take the movie industry to the next level.
‘’I encourage all stakeholders to make the initiative a resounding success, the need for intellectual discourse around the opportunity the festival offers cannot be over emphasised and I am very happy that this initiative is taking off”, she said.
She gave the assurance that the Ministry would support the festival for it to gain grounds.
The BSIFF’s overarching theme is, ‘Face Forward’ , while the goal this year is to highlight the importance of film as a cultural diplomacy tool, as a global connector, as a trade enabler and as an employment creator.
The Black Star International Film Festival (BSIFF), was set up to research global industry policies, to mobilise and sensitise stakeholders and to identify partners to advocate industry friendly policies.
The annual festival would bring together filmmakers from all over the world, would screen and celebrate films and their makers, it would work at helping to close the gaps through that the industry faces through workshops, stakeholder engagements and advocacy. GNA