Film production cooperation among ASEAN member states - It's time to develope together

As part of the exciting activities of the Fourth Hanoi International Film Festival, Workshop “Film production cooperation among ASEAN member states” like an assertion that "It is our time - Asean cinema ".

Attending the workshop were Mr. Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee - Deputy Secretaries-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community; Mr. Briccio Santos - Film ASEAN Head Convener and FDCP Chairman; Dr. Ngo Phuong Lan – Director of the Vietnam Cinema Department - Director of the 4th Hanoi International Film Festival along with representatives of Asean cinema leaders including Mr. Do Duy Anh - Deputy Director of the Vietnam Cinema Department; Ms. Wei Xuan Sim - Singapore Film Commission; Mr. Pok Borak - deputy director of Cambodia's Cinema and Cultural Diffusion Department; Ms. Norakhikin Ahmad Nor -Head of international trade department, Finas, Malaysia. There are also specially invited guests including Indonesian Ambassador and First Secretary of the Embassy of Spain.

Dr. Ngo Phuong Lan shared about the 4th Hanoi International Film Festival held introduce typical films of the Asean countries to help filmmakers and audiences have a common overview of the current Asean cinema. The filmmakers can not only communicate with each other, but also find cohesion and cooperation. From there, the Asean film community will certainly have a breakthrough hallmark.

Mr Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee - Deputy Secretaries-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community - said the Asean community emphasizes development with taking people as center. And one of that is cinematic arts activities with the mission to promote the idea of the spirit of Asean citizens. Through cinema, people in different countries can understand each other's cultures.
For over a decade, many cinematographic works of the Asean countries were honored internationally at the Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival. These outstanding films and people are the pride of the Asean countries so the key issue is to together promote that pride to help young filmmakers. The important thing is that co-producer cooperation, promote the development of cinema in each country as well as in the region.
Focus on highlighting the advantages and disadvantages which need to overcome in production - released, the orientation of the governments of the Asean countries in order to attract foreign manufacturers, the workshop showed really valuable experiences from practical cinema situation of each country.

Accordingly, when Vietnam cinema has the advantage of a legal framework that provides the basis for the development of cinema; the State encourages all economic sectors to participate in developing local cinema, encourages investors to make films, builds more theaters  through a series of reasonably open policies with maintaining budget for making order films to serve political aimt, films for ethnic people ... then, the Singapore government has the advantage of creating favorable conditions to promote the talents of Singapore cinema, positively finding funds to make film.
Singapore film makers are also eager to get a co-operation with Asean countries’s cinema with the project: making 5 short films (20 minutes each) and then merge them into 100-minute long film. This is not a new idea, but it does help create the cohesion in long term.
Cambodia Cinema, according to Mr Pok Borak, has the advantage of having many film projects cooperate with foreigners. Up to September 2016, Cambodia has 53 cooperative projects with other countries (mainly feature and document films). Also, Cambodia founded the Khmer Arts Fund (in July 2016) to support local filmmakers. The Cambodia government also revised legal documents and a number of regulations on cinema management to make the policies more open.
Ms Norakhikin Ahmad Nor - Head of international trade, Finas, Malaysia stated that the goal of cinema is one of the resources to promote domestic economy through the post-production and released coordination.
The Ministry of Multimedia Communications is responsible for the development of film content initiatives, supporting manufacturers to achieve make international standard films.

We can see that filmmakers mostly looks for funding theirselves at different resources in society. Singapore takes the form of non-refundable financial support for filmmakers, but that amount is not significant, mostly from finding outside investors. To expand the opportunities for cooperation, attract filmmakers from around the world, since 2009, Cambodia has simplified administrative procedures. The government invests funds to provide services for the foreign filmmakers…

Although every country has its own limitations, but the common thing in the Asean cinema is the cultural diversity and attraction shown in the films by each member countries. Along with the change in policy, Asean cinematic industries are gradually developing, despite the faster one as Singapore or Malaysia .... In overall, the ASEAN cinema is in the process of integration. And this is the time for the ASEAN countries to join together to bring the film industry to go up, and be recognized worldwide.
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