The Temporary Committee for Organizing the Centenary of Myanmar Films held their coordination meeting at the Film Promotion Division under the Information and Public Relations Department (IPRD) in Bahan Township yesterday.
The meeting was attended by Union Minister for Information Dr Pe Myint, Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, Rakhine Ethnic Affairs Minister U Zaw Aye Maung, departmental heads from the Ministry of Information and Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture, the Patron, Chairman and members of Myanmar Motion Picture Organization (MMPO), officials from businesses related to the film industry, representatives from theatre, music and film organizations, experts and invited guests.
Dr Pe Myint’s speech
Firstly, the Temporary Committee Chairman Union Minister Dr Pe Myint delivered a speech. He said the temporary committee was formed in August this year and is given four tasks. He said the temporary committee will lead the process before the leading committee, working committee and subcommittees have been formed.
The Union Minister said everyone should take pride in being a part in organizing for Myanmar Film’s centenary. He said the silver, gold and diamond jubilees conducted in the past will be most helpful for this celebration as well. He said they must review the events organized in the past as well as similar events conducted around the world.
The Union Minister urged everyone to provide suggestions from their inherit capabilities and enthusiasm in organizing the hundred years of film heritage established by our ancestors and displaying that respect in the celebration.
U Phyo Min Thein’s speech
Next, the Vice Chairman (1) of the temporary committee, Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, delivered an address where he said the Yangon Region government will work closely with all relevant ministries to ensure the successful holding of the Myanmar Film Centenary celebration event.
The Chief Minister mentioned his role as joint secretary in planning the centenary event for Yangon University and the support from his cabinet in the film festival to be held in Yangon. He said the artistes central to the centenary event will lead the awareness campaign for the celebration among the public and the regional cabinet will provide necessary assistance as well.
Following this, the secretary of the temporary committee, IPRD Director-General U Ye Naing, explained the motive behind forming the temporary committee, pre-events leading to the centenary, and the proposed programmes for the main event.
Next, temporary committee Vice Chairman (3), MMPO Chairman U Zin Wine, discussed suggestions for making the centenary celebration event lively, the corresponding logo design, designating the theme song and venue, and experiences from the diamond jubilee event for Myanmar Films.
This was followed by a general round of discussion with attendees for ideas to incorporate into the centenary event. The meeting then decided on making the motives for organizing the centenary event more meaningful, forming and creating an ideas bank website for the event’s programmes with appropriate members, establishing a research and development team to review similar events held across the world, holding contests for the event’s logo, theme song and motto, forming working groups within the temporary committee with suitable members, and involving youths into the entire process. The Union Minister then delivered the closing speech.
Work on holding the centenary event for Myanmar Films, which falls on 13 October 2020, will begin this October. Authorities will form a leading committee, working committees and subcommittees for choosing the venue, dates and time period of the event and will hold subsequent meetings to discuss them.
Afterwards, Union Minister Dr Pe Myint visited the Film Development Centre at No 50, Golden Valley Road, Bahan Township, and inspected the library, studios, makeup rooms and theatres there.—MNA (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)