The National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI), held its 12th congregation since the commencement of its degree programme last Friday, .
A total of 33 students who graduated, had satisfied the requirements for their courses in various fields of study in the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programme.
Additionally, the institute graduated 40 students who had met the requirements for their courses in the certificate programme.
Speaking at the ceremony, Professor Linus Abraham, Rector of the school, said NAFTI formed the professional backbone of the audio-visual media industry in Ghana.
“NAFTI graduates are well represented in the highest echelons of film making in the country, where our graduates are the pace setters of the next generation of quality film makers, after doyens like Kwaw Ansah and King Ampaw, putting the Ghana film Industry on the road to continental and global excellence,” he said.
He disclosed that, since its establishment in 1978, it has not had any infrastructural development, and the three-storey studio complex which was initiated by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation of Germany, when it was jointly running NAFTI to herald the upgrading of the institute in the early 1980s, had remained uncompleted since the Foundation handed over NAFTI to the government in 1984.
In his address, the Minister of Communications, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, commended the output of the management and board in building it to meet international professional and academic standards of excellence.
The minister disclosed that, the Ministry of Communications had set up a committee to develop proposals to change the institute into a media arts university to provide a modern environment for the study of all media disciplines.
He said, his outfit was working hard to re-align NAFTI from the Ministry of Communications to the Ministry of Education where their needs, as a tertiary educational institute, would be recognised.
Additionally, a state of the art integrated commercial media production facility would serve the growing needs of the film industry in Ghana and the sub region.
Addressing the gathering Mr. Kwaw Ansah Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TV Africa, congratulated the graduates and advised them to apply what they had learnt, since they had an impact to make on the country.
He said, there were many stories about Ghana and Africa that people need to know and to achieve that, they had to make sacrifices in order to thrive positively in the industry.
“There are many relevant stories about Ghana and Africa that need to be told, go and make yourselves relevant in making these relevant stories known to the world,” he admonished the graduates.
By Joy Addae-Madzi