14-MEMBER COMMITTEE TO SELECT A FILM TO REPRESENT GHANA AT THE OSCARS

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has approved a 14-member committee to select a film to represent Ghana at the 90th Oscars which will run in 2018.

Following the guidelines of the Academy, the committee is tasked to select from open submissions one film to be the official film from Ghana at the awards.

In 1969, Algeria became the first African country to win an Academy Award, this was followed in 1976 by Ivory Coast with the film Black and White in Color.

African countries and films represented at the Academy Awards in the past have included Tsotsi from South Africa, Lamb from Ethiopia, Timbuktu from Mauritania. South Africa, Ivory Coast, Algeria and Mauritania went ahead to win foreign language Oscars.

Leila Djansi, who spearheaded the committee selection and submission to the Academy explained the motivation behind the move saying :”Since 2011, Films from Ghana and made by Ghanaians have successfully travelled the festival circuit by merit, with 2016 being our most successful year yet. It is time to tell a different story about Ghana and Africa. The Hollywood narrative has been poverty porn, HIV and war.”

“We can best tell of our brave men and women who we meet in our daily lives. Regular people, regular heroes, whether it is a woman with a deformed child, or women atoning for crimes of their families, men who leave their dreams to take care of their homes. These are everyday heroes and if we don’t tell the truth about these people, the world will continue to believe the lies. The Oscars is the ultimate pedestal, we’ll use that to show the world our Africa,” she continued.

The committee is made of up members of the various guilds in the Ghana film industry, journalists, actors, film professionals, members of the media, government and academia.

Ms. Akofa Djankui, the Academy approved secretary of the committee is confident of very free and fair selection processes and encourages filmmakers to start preparing their films for submissions.

The basic rule of the foreign language Oscar category is that film must be in a Ghanaian language and capture the true essence of Ghana as well as meet world filmmaking standards. In collaboration with GHAFTA, the committee will hold a workshop to educate filmmakers on the submission process and filmmaking standards.

Source: Ameyawdebrah.com

JIM IYKE MEETS 50 CENT

Nollywood star and Business man Jim Ikye has shared pictures with American Rapper 50 Cent.Jim Iyke and 50 CentThis has raised a lot of speculations about their meeting and what the two are ‘cooking’ together.

Jim Iyke who is currently in the USA met 50 Cent at Club Tryst and shared photos captioned: “Meeting with 50 cent to discuss the next phase. Urbanehustlers.”

This according to rumoours is because Jim may feature in hit series, ‘Power’ which is partly produced by 50 Cent.

One of the photos Jim shared had Jim, 50 and third person with bottles of Effen Vodka in their hands, so rumours are gone wild that maybe Jim could become a brand ambassador for the drink in Africa.

Well, only time will tell what the two black brother are up to.