Bhutanese film industry shrinking, say film makers


April 25: Bhutanese film producers say the film industry is shrinking and the number of film produced is falling.

They said lack of funds and shortage of movie theatres is hampering the growth of the fledgling Bhutanese film industry Within the short span of its existence, the Bhutanese film industry has built a large clientele of diehard fans.

The Bhutanese films have completely replaced Hindi Bollywood and Hollywood movies at the capital’s movie theatre. Bhutanese movie fans said they do not miss any new release. But to their disappointment, new releases have been few and far between. Films like Sergyel and Chorten Kora which were released a year ago are being re-screened at the movie theatre.

In 2006 the Bhutanese film industry released about 22 films. The number dropped to 18 last year. This year the association expects only about seven films.

Sherub Gyeltshen, the General Secretary of Motion Pictures Association of Bhutan (MPAB) said lack of funds and shortage of proper cinema halls are restraining the growth of local film industry. He said it is difficult to procure loans for producing films.

Film makers say loans should be made available for producing films, building more movie theatres and tax exemption on film making equipment can help revive the dying film industry.

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