Sri Lanka’s film directors and artistes stage protest

Sri Lanka’s film directors and artistes stage protest

Written by Staff Writer

16 Jan, 2014 | 8:27 pm

Film directors and artists attached to the Sri Lankan film industry engaged in a protest march on Thursday citing several demands.

The protest march that commenced from Park Road in Narahenpita, was organized by the Forum of Sri Lankan Cinema Directors and the Organisation of Local Cinema Artistes.

They point out that although the authorities have agreed to a number of facts including the amendment of the National Film Corporation Act and expediting the implementation of the digitising process of movies, the authorities have failed to implement them.

They also request that the three separate distribution bodies be established, replacing the existing five to balance the distribution of movies and to also establish a commission to supervise the distribution of movies. The group arrived at the Ministry of Mass Media and Information and presented a letter with their demands to Additional Secretary of the Ministry, K.W.C.N Amaratunga.

Speaking of the protest march, Chaiman of the Forum of Sri Lankan Cinema Directors, Prasanna Vithanage said:

“We have directed a letter to the President via the Minister of Mass Media and Information. We believe that the President will look into this and protect the jobs of those engage in this industry.”

Bennett Ratnayake the Secretary to the Forum of Sri Lankan Cinema Directors, also spoke in this regard:

“It was proposed that three boards will be established to streamline the process of distribution of movies. Such things need to take place in order to take the Sri Lankan cinema industry forward. A majority of the young generation are making movies via digital technology. They too need be given the equal opportunity to showcase their creations to the Sri Lankan viewers.”

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