NA Standing Committee debates draft revised Cinematography Law

Members of the National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee on September 14 debated the draft revised Law on Cinematography as part of their ongoing third session.

Delivering a report summarising the bill, Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung said that the bill comprises eight chapters and 52 articles, including 25 articles from the current version and 27 new ones.

It aims to create favourable conditions for and encourage organisations and individuals to engage in film production, while supporting the publishing and popularising Vietnamese movies at home and abroad, he said.

It is also expected to help reform the management of cinematography and strengthen the application of advanced technologies in the field amid the development of science and technology, added the minister.

He said that the draft revised law gives two plans of managing the publishing of films on the Internet, including pre-release and post-release examination. However, the NA Committee on Culture and Education suggested the combination of the two plans.

Addressing the discussion, NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue clarified that cinematography not only helps enrich people’s spititual life but also contributes to building the Vietnamese culture.

However, the Cinematography Law 2006 has failed to catch up with the development of the sector, he noted, stressing the need to revise the law to ensure that cinematography is seen as an economic sector and an industry.

The NA leader suggested that members of the committee focus on making adjustments of cinematic activities in the digital technology environment so as to encourage the fast growth of the sector, while creating a legal corridor for the development of the Vietnamese cinematography industry.

Concluding the session, NA Standing Vice Chairman Tran Thanh Man said that the revision of the law should result in a legal corridor and breakthrough policies with long-term vision for the sector’s development as a cultural-art sector and a cultural service and economic sector at the same time, thus boosting international cooperation and digital technology application in all stages from film production, publishing, promoting and archiving.

He underlined the need that the adoption of the bill will help develop a modern Vietnamese cinematography imbued with national identity and gaining global prestige, thus better protecting the right to creativity and the right to enjoying cultural-art values of people and the community.