Lim­ited num­ber of movie halls con­cerns film in­dus­try

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Pen­jor

With the grow­ing num­bers of films pro­duced in the coun­try, for the pro­ducer, film direc­tor, ac­tors, and ac­tress faces dif­fi­cul­ties in the screen­ing of the movie to pub­lic with the lim­ited num­ber of movie halls in the coun­try.

The is­sue was raised dur­ing the 12th gen­eral meet­ing of the Bhutan Film As­so­ci­a­tion last Mon­day.

Pres­i­dent of Bhutan Film As­so­ci­a­tion, Mr. Mila Tob­gay said that each and ev­ery Dzong- khags, Thromdeys and Geogs does not have a movie the­ater. But still use the mul­ti­pur­pose hall (MPH) of the schools to screen the film, but re­ceived com­plaints from the par­ent say­ing that it ham­pered the stud­ies of chil­dren. So films were not al­lowed to be screened on other days than Satur­day in the School’s MPH. whereby, it had a prob­lems for the film pro­duc­ers, film direc­tor and to all the tech­ni­cally work­ers.

So the main chal­lenges for the film pro­ducer is the lim­ited nos of movie halls in our coun­try, the op­por­tu­nity for the pro­ducer, said the Pres­i­dent.

How­ever to added to the prob­lem, some the­ater has been closed. For in­stance, the ex­ist­ing Lu­gar the­ater which is in the heart of Thim­phu City , which can ac­com­mo­date around thou­sands of peo­ple and more over it’s lo­cated in the heart of the town, thereby we were able to make good profit. May be be­cause of the li­cens­ing prob­lem or with some other rea­son, it has been closed for al­most one and half year, it cre­ates more prob­lems to us, he added.

Pres­i­dent said, we have pre­pared a list of those help needed from the govern­ment. But among them was the con­struc­tion of movie hall. Al­though it is very im­por­tant to have movie the­ater in all the Dzongkhags but we must also look into the most im­por­tant ar­eas and give pri­or­i­ties.

Now the film pro­duc­tion had in­creases dras­ti­cally, this was mainly be­cause of train­ing pro­vided to the film in­dus­try by Depart­ment of In­for­ma­tion and Me­dia ( DoIM) un­der MoIC . The Depart­ment had pro­vided train­ing to around 68 peo­ple to all the tech­ni­cal and to the non tech­ni­cal peo­ple since from year 2013.

Ac­tor Tsh­er­ing Phuntsho said, “I think I am hav­ing less idea about it since I had never been ex­pe­ri­enced but cer­tainly ex­is­tence of prob­lems is there be­cause to screen our movies we are not get­ting right time with lim­ited num­ber of Movie The­ater in our coun­try”.

In­di­rectly we are af­fect­ing be­cause we are get­ting less of­fer from the pro­duc­ers, he added.

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