Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Govt Moves to Establish Modern Film Production Centre

Mwanza — FINALY, the long-cherished dream has come true as the government pledges to construct the state-of-the art film production centre in the country thanks to President Jakaya Kikwete's fullfiled promise to the local Artists.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Bernard Membe confirmed here on Sunday that the much awaited centre will now be possible through the Sports Diplomacy Unit under his Ministry.

The implementation of the grand project, said Membe, will take off from next financial year and its second phase will include the constructuon of the regional centres if all goes well.

"My Ministry has the so called Sports Diplomacy Unit that facilitates Local Artists to meet international standards, experience and exposure and the proposed centres aims to promote our local artists reach to that level," said Membe.

The Minister who also officiated at the launch of the film titled 'I love Mwanza' in a colourful event that took place at CCM Kirumba Stadium, said the implementation of the project is a result of the request the artists posed to President Jakaya Kikwete when they met him recently.

According to Minister Membe, ahead of the project implementation, some of the renowned artists will travel to the US and visit the home of the entertainment industry Hollywood to learn how it operates and benefit American artists.

He said that the sports diplomacy unit will make sure local talent in various areas like music, poem, film, comedy and the likes will be promoted and enabled to contribute in creating employment for thousands if not millions of the young talents across the country.

Membe noted that the government initiates the firm production centre that would eventually combat the rampant copyright piracy insisting time has come for the artists to benefit from their own sweat.

He allayed fears on the possibility of the centre being expensive for some local artists to afford, on the contrary, he said, the production centre will help artists to produce, distribute and market their jobs with less costs as oposed to the present.

Today, experience has showed, artists are forced to dig deeper into their pockets or through the so called 'managers' to undertake firm production and music recording in private studios inside and outside the country at a higher costs denying them anticipated profits.

"The Califonia State Governor has the annual salary three times higher than that of the US President because of the revenues generated from the firm companies at Hollywood so this shows how important this industry is to the economy of any state if well promoted," noted Membe.

Minister Membe hailed Mwanza artists for their initiatives that have sharpened them to think critically and manage their lives and drive self-employment spirit among themselves and the upcoming artists challenging them to be more creative.

Earlier, the Tanzania Film Asociation (TFA) president, Simon Mwakifwamba said that Artists are very encouraged with the government move and are optimistic the Ministry of Foreign Affairs push it to the conclusive end.

'I love Mwanza' film launch was also flanked by the leading Bongo Movie stars in the likes of Jacob Stephen (JB), Kulwa Kikumba (Dude), Steve Nyerere, Johari, Jack Wolper, Wastara Juma and Mrisho Mpoto among others.

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