A letter has been handed over to the Speaker requesting the establishment of a Select Committee to consider the situation faced by the local film industry and to re-establish its business principles, compile a list of priorities, re-establish audience attraction as it was during 1971-1979 today (23).
The letter, which includes the signatures of a number of opposition MPs, states that it is an essential factor to update the local film production and post-production process in view of the progress achieved by digitalisation instead of traditional filmmaking.
The letter further states that it is essential to include in the government policy the creation of a full-time state-sponsored cinema school for the younger generations who have the desire and talent to enter the film industry after completing school education.
The letter also highlights the lack of a university in Sri Lanka to study cinema and television media full-time.
International film production and distribution in addition to the cinema, the methods to be implemented for the exhibition of NETFLIX, PRIME VIDEO, and other OTT PLATFORMS through other digital media, and to make prior agreements with those companies and to submit observations and recommendations to the Parliament were also proposed.
The letter requested the Speaker to establish a special committee for this purpose.