H.K. plans pic development council

Industry has been asking for one for more than 10 years

HONG KONG — Chief executive Donald Tsang laid out a framework for a Film Development Council in his policy address Wednesday.

A council has been a long time coming — the industry has been asking for one for more than 10 years. And the timing couldn’t be better, as the biz struggles to churn out 50 films a year.

The council would help support the secretary for commerce, industry and technology, in charge of coordinating relevant policy, training and promotion of local fare in mainland China and oversees markets.

Tsang said the council would include members of the film industry and promised to look at a study submitted by the Film Development Committee. The report proposes that the government help resolve some of the issues the industry is up against, particularly for tyro or small- to medium-size filmmakers.

Woody Tsung, chief exec of Hong Kong’s Motion Picture Industry Assn., thinks the Film Development Committee will help guide the government to who may be a council candidate.

For now, it remains a draft plan that needs to be solidified with the industry over the coming months. The committee is expected to be up and running in the first half of next year.

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