Friday, August 18, 2017

Myanmar needs a motion picture law: minister

The minister for information has called for the drafting of a film law to improve Myanmar’s movie industry and help give it a boost into international markets.

Minister U Pe Myint made the comments in response to a question posed by MP U Myint Lwin (NLD; Twante), during a session of the Pyithu Hluttaw yesterday.

He said that the Ministry of Information will work together with the Myanmar Motion Picture Organisation, relevant local and foreign organisations, and related ministerial departments to develop the law.

“We will negotiate and work together with relevant departments to set regulations and policies to attract international investment so that Myanmar’s motion picture industry can break into foreign markets,” he said.

“Everyone in the film industry, including producers, directors and the audiences who love Myanmar films, must work together to improve Myanmar’s film industry,” the minister said.

Action has already been taken by the government to improve the country’s film industry and its decadent if decaying old movie theatres, he added. Nineteen state-owned cinemas have adopted digital technology for screenings – a move that he encouraged private cinemas to take as well. By U Pe Myint’s count, 24 cinemas have been renovated by private companies and six formerly state-owned theatres were sold to private owners. The country operates between 40 and 50 cinemas.

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The minister also highlighted the number of international film festivals that the country has held this year, including the upcoming International Memory Film Festival in November, during which over 80 films will be screened.

He said that these were important events for promoting positive relations with foreign film industries and improving Myanmar cinema’s international profile.

Translation by Win Thaw Tar and Thiri Min Htun