Dr. the Honourable Lincoln Douglas, Minister of the Arts and Multiculturalism
The Chinese Film Festival Hosted by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, In collaboration with Multicinemas Trinidad Ltd. (Movie Towne)
Wednesday March 6, 2013 6.30 pm
Venue: The Play Area of Movie Towne, Invaders Bay, Port of Spain
- Congratulate the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and Multicinemas Trinidad Ltd. for staging the Chinese Film Festival 2013.
- Highlight the rich history of the Chinese Cinema: The first Chinese film ever recorded was made in November 1905 - A recording of the Beijing Opera entitled ‘The Battle of Dingjunshan’.
- According to Forbes Magazine 2013, the Chinese Cinema is second to the United States in revenue earnings at the Box Office, generating approximately US$2.7 billion in 2012.
- With an average of nine (9) new screens opening every day, China’s film-exhibition business is growing at a rate that is unparalleled. Forbes Magazine estimates that the Chinese Cinema could top the US market in box office revenues by 2020.
- Indicate that the showcase of Chinese films in Trinidad and Tobago is a most welcome initiative. Greater collaborations between the film sectors of both countries should be sought – particularly in terms of skilled labour, technology and infrastructural development.
- Highlight the work of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company whose mission is “To establish Trinidad and Tobago as the premier Caribbean film location and production centre within the international film and television marketplace.”
- Mention that while tremendous strides have been made to lay the foundation for advancing the film and creative sectors of Trinidad and Tobago, more needs to be done through stronger legislative frameworks, increased incentives for local production and exhibition of films and greater private sector involvement and investment.
- The Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism and the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago remains committed to the development of the local film industry and will continue to endorse the positive efforts of partners like the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and Movie Towne.