“Sierra Leone Film Council Has Outlived Its Usefulness”-Desmond Finney

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One of Sierra Leone’s most successful Actors and Producers, Desmond Finney has called on the current executive of the Sierra Leone Film Council to make way for a new executive who will forge a new direction in developing the film industry. He said the executive has “outlived its usefulness.”

He said in his view there needs to be a legitimate body that everyone will look up to.

Making the comments on a video, Finney says the current executive’s mandate has long overdue. It no longer enjoys legitimacy and hence calls on all members within the film industry to put their differences aside and come together in order to push the industry.

President Julius Madaa Bio and wife Fatima Madaa Bio recently feted a cross-section of members of the entertainment industry at their State Lodge in Freetown. The essence of the dinner was to find a trajectory to boost the creative arts industry.

Finney says “let us take this opportunity to come together under one roof…with a new vibrant executive under the film council.”

He encouraged producers that the government would not be able to give money to everyone to make films. However, he insists that producers should work hard to make good movies that will have the opportunity to be shown on Netflix, DStv and Irokotv.

“I want to use this forum to ask all the major stakeholders to come together and see how we rejuvenate one main body that will look after our businesses and speak with one voice,” he stated.

The Sierra Leone Film Council is the umbrella body that is responsible for looking after the industry, coordinating the affairs of producers, actors, directors and cinematographers. Desmond Finny is an actor and producer who has featured in over 40 African movies and several awards both locally and internationally.

By: Mohamed Gandoh Jalloh

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