Equipments to professionalize the film industry
The film screening equipments worth Nu 6.8 M was handed over to the Executive Director of the Bhutan Film Association ( BFA) by Lyonpo D.N. Dhungyel, Minister of Information and Communications, last Thursday, which will be distributed throughout the country to further develop and professionalize the Bhutanese film industry.
These equipment were purchased with the grant from Korean International Corporation Agency (KOICA) and consists of 60 amplifiers and 120 speakers, 60 Blueray players and projectors including accessories.
Lyonpo D.N. Dhungyel at the handing over cermony said ‘These precious equipments are given in good faith, that the Bhutan film industry will give assistance to those film makers and for the film fraternity’.
Since 2010, KOICA has supported the purchase of the equipment, capacity development both within and outside the country and has given specialized trainings in advanced cinematography , sound designing and recording, colour grading, marketing strategy, script writing, preproduction, art of film making, movie make up and production of films.
In 2011, KOICA provided grants for the photography equipment worth US $ 200,000 and the additional grant of US $ 180,000 the following year.
“The replacement of equipments is expensive; make use of these equipments with extra care, “Lyonpo said.
The constant financial and technical support from KOICA comes a long way, from His Majesty the King granting audience to the ambassador of the Republic of Korea, H.E Mr Kim Joong-Kuen and sought support for the healthy growth of Bhutanese film Industry.
The sole purpose of distributing screening equipments is to establish distribution centers in twenty Dzongkhags and for the further development and professionalization of Bhutanese film industry.
These centers will help film makers to screen
readily made films in rural areas simultaneously and is expected to generate 120 employment opportunity for youths.
With these centers, two quality movies can be screened in a month and Bhutan Film Industry has 91 trained film distributor and screener.
“However, the film makers would have to use the gewog centers to screen movies, for none of the shopkeepers in twenty Dzongkhags own the actual 21 decimal land, which is required to construct cinema hall and it would take couple of years to do so, “said Bhutan Film Association ( BFA) President Mila Tobgay.
With financial support from KOICA, the Department of Information and Media ( DOIM ) together with BFA has organized four film festivals in Thimphu, it is to assure that the viewers and film makers take an insight of the diverse genres of films and appreciate the art of film making.
Moreover, with film festival it is expected to strengthen friendly ties between two countries and as mentioned in the National Film Policy of Bhutan, KOICA will support to establish film commission this year.