Friday, December 25, 2009

Some facts of Bhutan film industry

Source: MPAB

  1. First film - Gasa Lamai Singye (Ugetsu communications, 1988), Phama (Pelvision, 1995)
  2. First blockbuster - Jigdrel (Norling, 1998)
  3. Bhutanese film industry was born – (Motion Pictures Association of Bhutan – MPAB, 1999)
  4. National film awards instituted in 2001
  5. As of 2008, 116 films produced
  6. 390 music albums (approx)
  1. 82 registered members
  2. 14 production houses (established offices)
  3. 14 music recording studios
  4. Members – two eminent Rinpoches, ex-police officer, militia officers, engineers, accomplished monks and people from other walks of life
  1. Three major international film awards and nominations (Venice, Telluride, Toronto, Cannes)   
  2. Eight major documentary awards (Tokyo, New York, Seoul, Munich, Trento, Basel, KL, Tehran)
  3. Huge publicity for Bhutan
  4. Travellers & Magicians viewed by over 10 million
  5. School Among Glaciers viewed by 2.8 million in Japan and 1.1 million people in Korea
  6. Rockin’ the Himalayan Kingdom viewed by 1 million people in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg (Top ten documentary on Dutch TV in 2006)
  1. Capturing the local market (since February 2005, Bhutanese films have taken the prime time in Lugar Theatre)
  2. Even in countries like France, Italy & Britain, Hollywood dominates
  3. New Zealand and Canada film industry produce 3-4 films in a year
  4. In 2004 entertainment sector (films & CaTV) was 12th highest contributor in tax


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