About Anansefest

Ananseman Play House has sought over the years and continues to seek awareness creation and encouraging strong citizen base towards achieving sustainable development and growth. It is a truism that while adults are set in their ways and do not easily adapt to change, children and young people however are serious agents of change.

Children and young people grow with knowledge and practices from adults they come into contact with and what they are taught formally.

With this in mind, Ananseman Play House seeking among other things “To establish and develop advocacy programmes and policies that will engender positive behaviour change towards development of the society” introduced ANANSEFEST to children and young people during workshops and forums.

ANANSEFEST is the bringing together of children and young people between the ages of 10-19 years to use film as a tool for development.

It aims to nurture children and young people with strong love for media skills including especially film making into creative people, to develop their creative and critical awareness in relation to solutions through films and other audio-visual media of challenges that they (children and young people) encounter.

ANANSEFEST is an active, innovative and inspirational experience for children and young people which through a series of workshops and forums, challenges, motivates and develops the 10-19 year-olds to be creative, critical media consumers and producers who will see films as tools for development.

Based on stories from their own lives, immediate surroundings and imagination, children and young people, have to get stuck in and create their own media productions with living images on competitive bases.

Excellence is awarded to appreciate the works produced and to motivate children and young people to accept healthy competition right from that stage in their lives.

It is also to encourage children and young people to think and develop as a team while being individually responsible for their personal development and to the team.

Research suggests that children’s encounter with art and culture, can promote learning and education on all spheres of life.

The children and young people of Ghana therefore will through storytelling and creative social and filmmaking skills direct their focus towards the sustainable development goals of the United Nations (transforming our world; - the 2030 agenda for sustainable development) come 2016.

What People Say

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Anansefest will enearth the hidden talent in the children and help them discover future profession in the creative arts.

Ms CharlotteAddo, Nifa Senior High
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It is a welcome development that the potentials of the individual students are now being nurtured through Anansefest and we intend to partake in subsequent competitions by Ananseman Play House.

Ms Cecila Appiah, Krobo Girls
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National development depends on the youth and Anansefest is helping to showcase the talents of the students and youth while who will be future leaders.

Mrs. Felicia Koree, Chemu Senior High
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Our drama group was invited to participate in the Anansefest competition and we found it really informative and exciting.

Accra Girls High School.
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Anansefest has shifted the focus of the youth from vices and cultism to seeing that they also could be shining stars.

Nifa Senior High

Ananseman News


This workshop organized for the various instructors of the participating schools and members of Team ANANSEFEST was aimed at exchanging ideas on how to train young people in filmmaking. There was a presentation by Füsun Eriksen-Director of Buster Copenhagen International Film Festival.

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The much awaited launch which was held at the Exhibition Hall of the National Theatre was attended by over 300 persons, the event was chaired by Mr. Nat Nunoo Amarteyfio and honoured by Dr. Bernice Heloo (Deputy Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Information).

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24 June 2011

Ananseman Playhouse, the producers of Ghana's first ever National Students’ Film Festival have had their maiden awards night at the British Council Hall on the 24th of June, 2011. The awards night was held after the thirteen weeks of screening on GTV.

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