Draft of joint-venture film policy 2017 published

Info ministry invites observation, feedback

Monwarul Islam | Published: 22:45, Sep 13,2017

 
 

THE information ministry of the country has asked for observations and feedbacks on the draft of joint-venture film policy 2017, which was published at the ministry’s website on September 7.
A nine-member team, formed by the ministry last July, has prepared the draft which specifies the pros and cons of joint-venture films.
The team, headed by former Bangladesh Television managing director Haroon-ur-Rashid, has prepared the draft which, the team thinks, will be properly followed by joint-venture films and benefit local industry.
‘Violation of the rules of the earlier joint-venture film policy 2012 by joint-venture films has created severe division in the local film industry as many of us think that the local industry has been deprived of its dues through violations of casting rules, shooting rules and others’, said Mushfiqur Rahman Gulzar, member of the nine-member team and also president of Bangladesh Film Directors’ Association.
The draft of the new policy points out casting and shooting rules saying equal number of actors and technicians has to be appointed from, and the film has to be shot equally in, both countries in case of a joint-venture film.
It, however, gives scope to the joint-venture film to appoint unequal number of cast and crew, if the film demands. But, in that case, the producers have to take prior permission by specifying the reasons from joint-venture film monitoring committee.
Any violation of the policy will be monitored by a committee named joint-venture film preview committee which will be responsible to give permission to a joint-venture film and also to suspend one, if necessary.
The committee will be headed by Bangladesh Film Development Corporation managing director, presidents of Bangladesh Film Directors’ Association, Bangladesh Film Artistes’ Association and representatives of information ministry.
‘If the new policy is followed properly, the local industry will be benefitted. We now hope that film experts and concerned individuals will send their feedbacks regarding the draft’, says Syed Hasan Imam, another member of the policy-making team. Anyone can email their observations at sas.film@moi.gov.bd
The new joint-venture film policy was drafted following demands made by Chalachitra Paribar, a platform of 18 BFDC- based film associations.
Following their demands, the information ministry suspended production of joint-venture films until the formation of the new film policy.

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