Kazakhstan has adopted a law on cinema

Kazakhstan has adopted a law on cinema

The approach to filmmaking will be changed in Kazakhstan in terms of quality content and healthy competition. The country has adopted a law on cinema. Experts have created mechanisms to support and protect the interests of Kazakh filmmakers and screenwriters at the legislative level. In addition, the Kazakh Ministry of Culture and Sports will allocate budget for shooting social and historical films.

ZHANIBEK ORAZALY, DIRECTOR, KAZAKH ASSOCIATION OF ANIMATED FILM STUDIOS:

- We will have a support center for national cinema where movies will be filmed. There will be control. This means that there will be competition. If there is competition, there is always quality.

The local content will be increased in Kazakhstan. Films that are not in Kazakh will have to be duplicated by distributors and contains voiceover and or subtitles.

KUMIS SEITOVA, DIRECTOR OF LEGAL DEPARTMENT:

Unfortunately, today, the Kazakh films account for only 10%. We hope that this law will provide an increase in production of films in Kazakhstan as well as their quality.

ZHANIBEK ORAZALY, DIRECTOR, KAZAKH ASSOCIATION OF ANIMATED FILM STUDIOS:

- Kazakhstan is an independent country. Therefore all films must be in Kazakh. If the film is not in Kazakh, then surely there must be subtitles. We need to support local cinema.

The new law came into force at the beginning of this year. Up to this moment, the film industry was not regulated at all and filmmakers admit that they worked without clear rules and regulations. The Government is confident that the new requirements will help bring the Kazakh film industry to a better level of development.