Myan­mar needs a mo­tion pic­ture law: min­is­ter

The Myanmar Times - - News - PYAE THET PHYO pyae­thet­phyo@mm­ – Trans­la­tion by Win Thaw Tar and Thiri Min Htun

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.

The min­is­ter also high­lighted the num­ber of in­ter­na­tional film

‘Ev­ery­one in the film in­dus­try ... must work to­gether to im­prove Myan­mar’s film in­dus­try.’

U Pe Myint In­for­ma­tion min­is­ter

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.

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