Newly approved Culture, Film Policy to promote national identity


ISLAMABAD, Jun 6 (APP):The newly approved National Culture and Film Policy have been prepared after consulting all the provinces and experts from across the country to integrate culture and civilization.
National Culture Policy will help promote national identity and present the real face of the country abroad, a noted artist Muhammad Azeem Iqbal said.
Talking to APP, he lauded the efforts of Director General Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) renowned Actor Syed Jamal Shah for hosting a three-day National Artists Convention to finalize the draft of the policies.
He said that each artist and official role was laudable in formulating the policies.
Talking to APP, he said that implementation of the culture and film policy will promote tolerance, film, music, theater, folklore, heritage and regional languages.
First-ever National Film and Culture policy was widely welcomed by the leading artists, film producers, cultural and literary personalities.
Former Chairman Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) Prof. Dr. Muhammad Qasim Bughio, prominent singers Multanikar, Ahmed Ali Khan, legend Actors Qavi Khan, Mustafa Qureshi, Film Producer Zeba Bakhtiar, Usman Pirzada, Syed Noor, Babra Sharif, Sheema Kirmani and Film Star Shan and Meera welcomed the approval of new Culture and Film Policy. Legend Actor Qavi Khan expressed the hope that new National film policy would be implemented for promotion of art and artists of the country.
The new National Film Policy envisages formally according the status of industry to the film industry; establishment of finance fund and film academy; building of film studios; restoration of the Directorate of Films and Publications and abolition of duty on import of film equipment, film censor fee and sales tax; inclusion of artists in the health scheme and 70% rebate to the foreign film producers on traveling allowance and eatables.
The policy also stipulates that on national days only the Pakistani films would be screened. Film studios will be set up under the public private partnership and the Government will provide land for the project. 80% rebates would also be given as far as the constructions of cinemas are concerned.