Film Development Centre opened in Yangon

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Union Minister Dr Pe Myint and officials cut the ceremonial ribbon to open Film Development Centre in Bahan Township yesterday. Photo: MNA

In a bid to develop the country’s film technology, know-how and exchange of views among professionals, a Film Development Centre was opened at No. 50 Golden Valley, Bahan Township, Yangon, yesterday morning.
Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint, Deputy Minister U Aung Hla Tun, Myanmar Motion Picture Organization Patron Bagyi U Soe Moe and Myanmar Motion Picture Organization Chairman U Zin Waing opened the Film Development Centre by cutting the ceremonial ribbon. Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint and ceremony attendees then toured the studio, outdoor sites, as well as training and meeting rooms.
In addition to training and discussion rooms, the Film Development Centre has a reference library containing literature and books on the history of films.
In establishing the Film Development Centre, the Ministry of Information formed a management group with movie experts to ensure that training, discussions and contacts could be conducted at a single location.
Furthermore, participants will have use of the auditorium, theater, studios, cameras and associated materials at the Film Development Centre, Film Club, Cinematheque Programs and through Grant Programs.
At 10 a.m., an opening ceremony for the film copyright workshop was held in the Film Development Centre. In his speech at the opening ceremony, the Union Minister said the Ministry of Information had a responsibility in movies and films and in the work of film development. To that end, it is working together with businesses related to movies, people in the film industry and other relevant persons.
“It is an auspicious day because a Film Development Centre with studios, training, discussion rooms and a theatre has been opened”, the Union Minister said. “In addition to this, conducting a film copyright workshop that will support the important sector of intellectual property rights protection is also seen as a valuable sign. This workshop is the start of discussions toward establishment of a law”.
After the opening address by the Union Minister, Myanmar Motion Picture Organization Chairman U Zin Waing agreed that the opening of the Film Development Centre is auspicious and discussed film copyright protection.
The workshop on film copyright continued with Academy Daw Swe Zin Htike leading a discussion with intellectual property rights business association vice chairman U Thein Aung, executive member U Than Maung and Save Myanmar Film project director U Okka. They discussed the titles used when creating a movie, as well as copyrights, copyright matters currently violated, international copyright protection practices, opportunities and challenges of copyright works. Officials then answered questions.
The workshop was also attended by officials from the Ministry of Information, Myanmar Motion Picture Organization Patron, Chairman and members, movie and video censor members.
A report on the outcomes, suggestions and discussions made at the workshop will be published, and works continued for the development of Myanmar’s motion picture industry.

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