Equip­ments to pro­fes­sion­al­ize the film in­dus­try

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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.

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