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Sierra Leone Filmmakers To Host First Empowerment Summit

Sierra Leone Film Industry, Labour & Marketing Guild, in collaboration with the faculty of management and sciences at the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM), will host its first Film Industry Development & Empowerment Summit on 20 March. The goal is to collaborate with all stakeholders to enable the development and promotion of a transformed and thriving Film Industry in the country.  

The Summit is being organized on the theme: “Transformation and innovation in the Sierra Leone Film Industry for Job Creation and Youth Empowerment. Are we geared for change?”

 Industry professionals and policymakers within the Film Industry Sector will deliberate on key resolutions as guiding efforts towards the development of the Sierra Leone Film Industry in alignment with emerging trends and global developments.

The Summit seeks to present the current state of the industry; evaluate the extent to which the Sierra Leone Film Industry can provide employment for young people and catching up or aligning itself with emerging trends and global developments.

It will also create a podium for knowledge sharing through case studies and benchmarking with similar countries in the developing world. Stakeholders will evaluate the successes and challenges of national and regional film industries with particular reference to funding and resources of the sector.

The summit will also assess the extent to which the current or emerging legislation and policies either enhance or hinder the transformation and development of the film and television industry in Sierra Leone. 

Stakeholders will also unveil the current Acting Guilds Executives with a mandate and time frame, and they will publish and adopt the draft constitution for the membership of the larger industry and announce the date for the election and national conference.

The film industry is one of the oldest in the world. First initiated in 1896, it is referred to as the broader audio-visual media industry, which includes cinema, film & video as defined in the Revised National Cultural Policy for Sierra Leone, 2013.

Despite such a long history, the Sierra Leone film industry’s place within the local economy and globally is seriously challenged, in terms of its contribution to both social and economic value. 

Among others, it is characterized by low film production volumes, unsustainable business models, and a largely freelance workforce. This status quo has been attributed to the fact that Sierra Leone is short on policies and strategies to support the industry.

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