Ghanaian Film ‘Otokunor’ Gains International Recognition in Four Film Festivals.
‘Otokunor’, a Ghanaian film produced by Philmtools Media Limited, has made it to four international film festivals.
The $10,000.00 short film which stars veteran actor Fred Amugi, has been selected for the 2023 Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival, the Orlando Urban Film Festival,
the Kano International Film Festival, and the Blackstar International Film Festival.
‘Otokunor’ is a film set in a typical Ga fishing James Town in Accra. It tells a story of young boy who is faced with the challenge of abandoning fishing for school. His father, played by Fred Amugi, is unyielding to his decision to leave the shores for the classroom.
The film has enthralling plots that mirror the struggles of a typical African child trying to make it in life.
The Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival (TINFF) is a prominent film festival in Toronto that celebrates the diversity in cultures .
The Orlando Urban Film Festival (OUFF), is also Florida’s first and only African-American film festival. The OUFF Team are business executives with over 20 years of experience and education to help you expose your talent on a large public platform.
The Kano International Film Festival first held from 28th to 30th September 2022 in Kano, the iconic epicentre of Northern Nigeria’s Kannywood film industry is organised by Classical Film Modern Academy.
The Black Star International Film Festival is non-profit festival in Ghana celebrated annually to bridge the gap between African movie cinema and the global community of movie makers.
Produced by actor Daniel Kofi Ewusie, the thirty-minutes film, ‘Otokunor’, was written and by Kwame Kyei Baffour.
Kofi Ewusie is widely known for producing the award-winning James Town Fisherman television series which features the late Psalm Adjeteyfio (TT).
Based in East London, Kofi has revealed to Joy Entertainment that he has currently booked studio sessions with an astute sound engineer in London to work on the sound of the short film before it is officially released.
He also touched on how challenging it was producing a film in a Ghanaian language for the international film market.
“Filmmaking in Ghana is beautiful. Filming in vernacular is exciting and challenging when you know your audience and viewers will mostly be foreign based and away from the locations and lingua of cast,” Kofi said.
The well-traveled filmmaker, however, stressed that he faced challenging circumstances with access and permit to shoot the film.
“In spite of the difficulties, I’d still like to express sincere gratitude to the Accra Metropolitan Authority, the James Town traditional council and opinion leaders. Without their assistance, we would not be here today,” he said.
Kwame Agyemang Berko, the Media Relations Director of Philmtools Media Limited, responding to how an unreleased short film ‘Otokunor’ has caught the attention of the international film community, attributed it to the Grace of God and the hard work injected into the project.