Epidemic in cinema: how many challenges, how many opportunities?

While the film industry was stalling due to Corona, there was a video discussion among the stakeholders about what could happen next. Among the participants were Dayaram Dahal, Chairman of the Film Development Board, Deepak Raj Giri, Rekha Thapa, Aakash Adhikari, Chairman of the Film Producers Association and Rabindra Khadka, Chairman of the Film Artists Association. Actor and director Anup Baral, Maotse Gurung and hall director Nikesh Dha were present in the program organized by Film Journalists Association Nepal Kaski branch. Here is the edited version of the vote expressed by the participants:

The challenge of Nepali film after its downfall is its commercial performance. The challenge is how to screen existing films and minimize financial risks. Another challenge is how to move filmmaking forward. The Film Development Board has formed a committee keeping all things in mind. The committee has started working from the day after I became the chairman of the board. Work is being done to take the concept with various professional associations.

The Film Development Board is ready to do what can be done within its internal resources and jurisdiction immediately. Discussions are also underway on how to facilitate the livelihood of working filmmakers.

First of all, human beings have to live, that is our focus. Now the way for Nepali cinema is to establish its own original production style. It is to be recognized in the international arena. We are bringing a program to help in the production of original, artistic and nationalistic films by choosing the story so that we can establish our original style with the expansion of the international market. We have also tried to bring in a script funding program for the new generation of students who have passed and passed, as well as active filmmakers. We are taking special initiative for working filmmakers to get pension in their later life through Social Security Fund. At the same time, plans are being made to expand the international market to promote and promote the Nepali film sector. In order to strengthen Nepali cinema nationally, we are bringing special programs in the area above the Mid-Hills Highway and below the Mahendra Highway. This year’s program will be targeted at new talents and the youth of the generation. We are making a concept, we will announce soon. The first priority is to get rid of the epidemic.

More abundant possibilities

Rekha Thapa, Producer / Artist
The impact of Corona on the film industry is being assessed from different angles. I see more opportunities than challenges in the film industry. The film manages to entertain as well as inform, as it did yesterday.

Especially now, every person, every sector needed a break. Nature itself has given us a break – to criticize ourselves, to realize our shortcomings. If we can move forward thinking that we have time to think, every field will be better tomorrow.

Let’s shake hands with each other

Deepak Raj Giri, Producer / Artist
We are at the bottom in terms of priorities. Cinema has not been given priority by the government or any organization. It is not such a big industry. This is the biggest challenge. Even so, Nepali films were not widespread. On top of that, there is a problem that is difficult to change now.

The movie was ready for release, the date had been announced. But there was no possibility of release on the scheduled date. So the movie that has already been made had to be released first. We had to create an environment where people could come to the hall. This is the responsibility of all of us. Now we have to bring ourselves forward as a messenger rather than as a movie maker. That requires healthy competition. Before this, we did not have the culture of promoting other people’s films. Nowadays, one should move forward supporting the other.

Culture is bigger than borders. The country is known by its culture. Borders can be anywhere. But whether there is Nepali culture in it or not is important. We should help each other to establish that Nepal’s music and movies do the job of saving that culture. You can’t expect the government to help, no one else to help. We must revive it ourselves.

Needed with the state

Aakash Adhikari, President Film Producers Association
After shooting 50 films, they are in post production. There are about two dozen movies that have been censored after shooting. Thus, about Rs 1.15 billion investment has been frozen. So how to release a movie is a big challenge.

The cinema building had to be opened for release. We had to maintain open social distance. There may be a way to sell one seat or ‘row’ ticket, but occupancy drops to 33 percent. Therefore, the state should ease the challenge. We urge you to keep Nepali films as a very sensitive industry. Reduce the electricity tariff used in this industry. At least 75 percent of the interest charged by this sector should be deducted. Payment deadline should be extended from mid-July to mid-December. Make at least two years free from entertainment tax to local tax. Which makes it possible for producers and moviegoers to survive.

We had submitted a petition to the Film Development Board, the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology and the Ministry of Finance before the budget to reduce the challenges in the case of films being produced and released.

If at least 20 percent of the cost is managed by the state, then we can go for release. We can take 80 percent risk. In addition, we had to get publicity for free. It should be managed by the Film Development Board.

There is no need to despair

Rabindra Khadka, President Film Artists Association
There is no need to despair that the film industry has ended here. But the reality is that we are in an awkward situation today. Let’s talk about technology in particular. Ram

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