Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Amendment of the Film Law
Yesterday, the Indonesian Parliament(DPR) passed a Film Law Bill which amended the Film Law No. 8/1992, and will be effective after the President sign the Bill.
The new law stipulates that at least 60 percent of the overall screen time in cinemas throughout the nation should be alocated for Indonesian films.
Further, movie producers are required to obtain licenses from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Furthermore, domestic filmmakers and foreign producers who want to make films in Indonesia must submit plans, movie titles and scenarios to the authorities at least three months before making the film. Violations could result in a prison term of up to five years and a fine of up to $500,000.00.
Moreover, a special film censor agency will be set up.
According to the Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik, the new law will boost the national film industry. He said : "The number of films will increase and will be better quality so that the national films wil be host in their own country".
Whereas the Indonesian film community protested because they said that the DPR passed the Film Law bill without paying attention to their opinions.
Actor Deddy Mizwar said that the bill is against freedom of expression, director Riri Riza said that the law do not provide conducive condition for the growth of film industry, and producer Manoj Punjabi said the law will not enhance growth of the film industry.
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Considering that the Film Law Bill has been passed by the DPR, and will be effective after the President sign it, I hope that its implementation would not be contradictory to its mission i.e. to boost the growth of film industry in Indonesia.
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