Monday, August 29, 2005

Saving the Thai film industry

The Ministry of Culture wants to save Thai film, the Bangkok Post reported recently.

Permanent secretary Tipawadee Meksawan told a seminar in "Thai Film Promotion" that the ministry will form a new agency, the Institute of Cultural Innovation, to help the industry.

"A movie is more than just a form of entertainment. It unveils the imaginations of filmmakers, script writers and all those involved in its production," she was quoted as saying. "Most importantly, it is also considered culture that can be transferred from generation to generation over the centuries."

Tipawadee said the ministry would concentrate its support on the new crop of filmmakers, the Post reported.

Filmmakers have urged the government to set up a film promotion agency and create a bureaucracy to support Thai films, similar to what South Korea has.

The Post also carried statements from Hong Joon Kim, dean of the School of Film, TV and Multimedia at the Korean National University of Arts, who said some major factors that contribute to the success of Korean films include hosting of important international film festivals, the existence of film schools and the forming of a national film commission.

"The other important factor is the recognition of films as an important part of national culture," he was quoted as saying.

(Cross-published at Rotten Tomaotes)

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