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Wednesday, 14 January 2015 09:03

Government nods to support Film Industry

Written by  Evans Songwe

 

 

Nankhumwa: Films contribute positively to the development of the country - File Photo

Lilongwe, January 14: Government says it will support the Film Industry considering the important role it plays to the development of the country.

Speaking during the handover ceremony of the Investment and Development Strategy for the Film Industry in Malawi on Tuesday, Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture Kondwani Nankhumwa said film makers would promote tourism sites in the country.

Nankhumwa said, “films contributes positively to the development of the country such that tourism sites and culture of the people would be known at the international level.

Government will be ready to fully support strategy which has been submitted to the ministry by the Film Association of Malawi (FAMA).

“We are going to collaborate with the partners in this project to map the way forward and boost the film industry in the country,” he said.

He further said government was looking forward to seeing the film industry taken to another high level, saying it will create some opportunities for employment.

The Film industry in the country is yet to experience some changes in the production of movies because the Censorship and Cultural Policy are yet to be reviewed and approved by the Cabinet.

President of the Film Association of Malawi (FAMA) Ezaius Mkandawire said the association is proud and hopeful that the government would implement and play its part as the film strategy submitted contains its expectations and role.

“On our own as an association we can’t achieve anything, but we can achieve a lot if we work as a team. Therefore, we are asking every citizen to take part in the boosting of the film industry because we have big potential to do very well,’ he said.

 Mkandawire however said partners could help in capacity building, promote gender and culture, finance, education on film production and marketing.

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