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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday announced that the government would set up a modern film institute and formulate National Film Policy for development of the country's film arena.

“Appropriate steps will be taken for repealing the existing Film Society Control Act, if necessary,” 
she said at the inaugural function of the nine-day 11th Dhaka International Film Festival 2010 at the National Museum in the city.

The prime minister requested filmmakers, cultural activists and people of all walks of life to remain alert so that in no way ill elements can intrude into the Bangalee culture.
Hasina said her government would provide all-out support in further developing the quality of films in Bangladesh.

“It is very unfortunate that the quality of our films is on a downturn. As a healthy culture can build a wise, modern and conscious nation, we must have to upgrade the standard of our films,” 
Hasina told the opening programme of the film festival, being staged with the slogan-'Better film, better audience, better society'. 

Recalling the establishment of the Film Development Corporation (FDC) by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1957 as the then commerce and industry minister, the prime minister also stressed the need for setting a modern studio inside the FDC.

Hasina asked the authorities concerned to come up with project proposal for setting up film institute and studio. “We will take effective step to implement the project.”

The prime minister said Awami League, during its previous tenure, had allocated a plot of land in Savar for setting up the much-expected film institute.
“I will try to know what happened to that land later. Was it grabbed or something else?”
Saying that the Bangalee nation is very rich in art and culture, the premier urged the filmmakers to make films on the real history of the country's liberation war.

Following a demand from the Film Festival authorities, the prime minister said she would look into the matter whether any cash donation can be given for smooth and timely arrangement of such film festivals in future.

Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad, Festival Committee Chairman Syed Margub Morshed, Jury Board Chairman Saeed Akhtar Mirza of India, festival committee Vice-Chairman Badal Rahman, festival director Ahmed Mujtaba Kamal and Rainbow Film Society Vice Chairman Kishoar Kamal also spoke.

GMG Airlines Chairman Abdus Sattar Nini and First Secretary of Dutch Embassy in Dhaka Anja Roelofs also spoke at the function on behalf of the sponsors of the festival.

A total of 190 films of 66 countries will be screened at the film festival, which will continue till January 22 at Public Library and National Museum.
The price of each ticket is Tk 30 while children will have free entry. 

Source: The Daily Star

Friday, January 15, 2010


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