The National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) has proven itself as an excellent place for media arts training with its students excelling in various competitions this year.
The institute’s Broadcast journalism team won the maiden inter-tertiary media and information literacy quiz organized by the School of Information and Communication Studies of the University of Ghana in October. The event, organized ahead of the 2020 elections, was to create awareness on the spread of fake news on the internet, especially during election time. The NAFTI contingent whipped graduate students from the University of Ghana, Legon and their undergraduate counterparts from the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), African University College of Communications (AUCC), University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Wisconsin University College among others.
Another group of NAFTI students placed first and second in the Merck Foundation “More Than a Mother” Film Awards. The “Merck More Than a Mother” campaign is a strong movement that aims to empower infertile women through access to information, education and a change of mindsets. NAFTI students were invited to create a film, Drama or Docudrama with the aim to deliver strong and influential messages to empower infertile women and to encourage the public to say “No” to infertility stigma.
The awards took place here in Ghana on the 29th and 30th of October in the presence of H.E. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, the First Lady of Ghana and other African First Ladies. Cecelia Oppong Badu who won first place and Dela Duvi who won second place directed and submitted the films titled “Her, She, Woman” and “Exhale” respectively. The films were vetted by a panel in London.
In his remarks, the Rector of NAFTI, Dr. Samuel Nai, congratulated the team for making the school proud and urged them to win more laurels and lift the image of the school higher. He added “This win is a testament that has spoken to the caliber of students we are training as well as the expertise of the lectures.”
NAFTI’s training program is designed to inculcate in students scholarly, creative and professional approach to film making, multimedia, television production and broadcast journalism. The institute offers bachelor, diploma and certificate programmes in broadcast journalism, film directing, sound, cinematography, art direction, sound, and many more. NAFTI has well-equipped film, television and radio studios, film and video production equipment, computer animation facilities, still photo laboratory, viewing theaters, amongst others.