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The booming Ghanaian movie industry and its challenges

Posted by abocco on Sun, 01/31/2010 - 06:20 GhanaThink Managing Executive

Blog culled from Mightyafrican.blogspot.com

Ever since my brother sent me that text saying 'A Sting In a Tale' was a bomb, I had been waiting to see it myself. On the second day of my latest Ghana trip, I saw the movie being sold on the streets of Accra. I was caught in two minds. The movie was premiered in November and VCD copies are already being sold? Well, I really want to see this movie, so it's great that now I could buy a copy. A lot of movies were being sold by different hawkers, in fact those selling ASIAT were everywhere. A few other interesting movies were being sold too. If you doubted whether making movies in Ghana was a 'bad' business, doubt no more. It still may be a home video business, but it pays. For some, it pays handsomely. There are a few things that have to be checked to sustain the industry so it doesn't enter the doldrums again in the near future.

Take Agya Koo for instance. He appeared on the scene a few years ago and is one of the biggest movie stars in Ghana. Do a quick search of Agya Koo on Youtube and you'll see how popular he is. Ghanaian movies have proliferated through different websites and have developed strong followings amongst Ghanaian communities abroad. I hear that before Agya Koo signs on to do any movie, he's paid 3000 Ghanaian Cedis (GhC) upfront, which is about $2100. Sounds like a small amount, but he's only on set for about 3-4 days. Yes, $2100 for 4 days of work. In Ogyakrom (or sikakrom). In Ghana. After the movie is done, he pockets another 1000 GhC. Agya Koo (Kofi Adu) probably appears in one or two movies per month, if you follow Ghanaian movies closely enough, you'll know it's true. Do the math.


Celebrating the emergence of Ghanaian movies and working towards more excellence

Posted by abocco on Fri, 07/31/2009 - 03:59 GhanaThink Managing Executive

Blog culled from the MIghTy African

Last September, I wrote an article on the story of the Ghanaian movie industry which talked about its recent history as well. Since then, there have been many Ghanaian movies that have come out, some of which I've seen and the industry continues to grow. I've been in a number of good discussions about Ghanaian movies, the latest of which transpired at BarCamp Diaspora. The conversations haven't changed much but the ideas for improvements have been refined and I will be touching on a few in this entry.


commffest (global community film festival

Posted by commffest on Fri, 02/27/2009 - 02:24

Hello Everyone;

I would like to welcome you all to commffest (global ) community film festival and is accepting film submissions from Ghana to our festival .Please visit our website at www.commffest.com and go to submissions
http://www.commffest.com/submissions
We are looking forward to hearing from you. Al submissions are through "withoutabox" a subsidiary of IMDb.

COMMFFEST: Community Film Festival is a charitable organization, combining films and videos followed by panel discussions which includes a question and answer period for individuals and communities to engage in a dialogue of social issues and cultural exchange through the powerful language of film in all genres.