Ghana Actors Guild has expressed displeasure and discomfort with the change of name from Ghana Film Industry to Gollywood.
In a statement signed by SAMUEL FISCIAN who land as the PRESIDENT of the association states categorically that, they delegated a member of the National Executive Committee to represent on the planning committee for the summit.
And that,they supported them all the way but did not know that the industry was to be given a new name at the summit that just ended and that It came to them as a surprise since they had not been earlier consulted in that regard.
READ THE FULL STATEMENT BELOW ;
GHANA ACTORS GUILD DISSOCIATION FROM GOLLYWOOD AS THE NEW NAME FOR GHANA FILM INDUSTRY
After carefully considering events that led to the Ghana 60 years on Film Summit and juxtaposing it against what transpired at the aforementioned event, we of the Ghana Actors’ Guild wish to state our reservation in no uncertain terms and to dissociate from the proposed new name for the film industry for Ghana.
With the advent of all major Stakeholders of Film coming together to ask and work towards the full operationalisation of Film Act 935, the Ghana Actors’ Guild decided to support the Film Directors Guild of Ghana as they sought to organize the second edition of the Film Summit 2018.
We want to categorically state that we delegated a member of the National Executive Committee to represent us on the planning committee for the summit. We supported them all the way but did not know that the industry was to be given a new name at the summit that just ended. It came to us as a surprise since we had not been earlier consulted in that regard.
The Ghana Actors’ Guild believes that the organization of a summit to assess the film industry of Ghana and to proffer pragmatic solutions to challenges bedeviling our film industry is a step in the right direction but find it difficult to fathom the fact that key stakeholders were not consulted for a collective decision to be taken. We believe in the need to build consensus on all issues if we seek to rebuild our film industry.
The sight of certain names on the programme for the summit and the promotional materials circulated gave us the rather wrong impression that the organizers had broadly consulted and gotten the support of all major stakeholders of Film in this country.
We would want to state that we are not in favour of the way this whole issue has been conducted and dissociate the Ghana Actors’ Guild from the name Gollywood that the summit sought to call our industry. Our reasons are very simple. There is the need for broad consultation amongst all key Stakeholders in any decisions that concern our industry. Also, we are of the view that we, as industry stakeholders, must be concerned with putting in place all required structures, logistics and facilities and make things right again rather than what to call an industry that is almost non-existent.
A lot of work has been done over the weeks to reposition the Ghana Film Industry as a preferred destination for film. The current wind of unity amongst key stakeholders, especially by the Task Team set up by Hon. Catherine Abelema Afeku, The Minister for Tourism, Art and Culture must be built upon in ensuring that the film industry stands on its feet again.
On this note, as we reiterate our dissociation from the name Gollywood, we want to ask all sympathizers of Film to collectively Marshall forces to rebuild our film industry.
TO THE HON MINISTER
MINISTRY OF TOURISM, ART AND CULTURE
TO ALL FILM STAKEHOLDERS
TO ALL MEDIA HOUSES