Concept of Kazakhstan’s cinematography development to appear next year
It is planned to raise the level of national film making in Kazakhstan and adopt new concept of its development. The specialist with enormous international experience and a famous film director and producer Timur Bekmambetov was invited for the discussion. The document that triggers high expectations on the part of filmmakers should be adopted this year. The various ideas are still being received. For example, Bekmambetov says it is necessary to reduce the ticket price for Kazakh films in order to increase the share of domestic films’ box office collections since they make up only 7% in total. He added that it would be better to introduce some subscription for national films. Only after that everyone will be able to visit cinema irrespective of their welfare. It also means that there will be different kinds of films.
TIMUR BEKMAMBETOV, FILM DIRECTOR, SCREENWRITER, PRODUCER:
Now, the prices for cinema are quite expensive and reach 920 tenge. This price is high and affordable only for prosperous people. Accordingly, there is a few number of visitors with a very specific taste and, they dictate what kind of film should be there.
ARYSTANBEK MUKHAMEDIULY, KAZAKH MINISTER OF CULTURE AND SPORTS:
Tickets for the films that are shooting by our producers are expensive for the ordinary citizen. Certainly, Timur Bekmambetov’s idea is primarily aimed at all sectors of society. This idea is great. We will carefully study and introduce it in the system.
This document is the first in our country, as well as the Law ‘On film’ that appears along with the concept.
AKHAT IBRAEV, CO-CHAIRMAN, UNION OF CINEMATOGRAPHERS OF KAZAKHSTAN:
We need to develop the concept of film law, which will guarantee employment, will ensure social support and people’s rights, as well as will ensure the Government and the public that particular stratum of people will create a competitive content.
The law should change a lot starting from the film financing system to the creation of fund for cinema support. According to filmmakers, this concept document is aimed to future generation by 2050. And new generation will be another depending on the films that are made today.