The 2016 Myanmar Motion Picture Academy Awards were presented at People’s Square in Yangon yesterday graced by Chairman of National Culture Central Committee Vice-President U Henry Van Thio.
Of the 33 movies released in 2016, ten won awards. Vice-President U Henry Van Thio, Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint, Patron of Myanmar Motion Picture Organization Bogale Tint Aung and Chairman U Lu Min formally opened the ceremony.
First, the message sent by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was read out by actress Eindra Kyaw Zin.
(The full text of the message of the State Counsellor is separately covered on Page-3.)
Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint delivered an opening address and he said since 2013, MMPO has become the main organizer of the award-presentation ceremony and Ministry of Information has been providing necessary assistance for the progress of film industry. Myanmar film industry made a good start, with its first ever movie released in 1920. So, 2020 will be its centenary birthday. The minister than recounted the history of Myanmar motion pictures, and ups and downs throughout the various eras and under different political systems.
Till three or four years ago, Myanmar film world was facing the worst situation during which it produced just nine or ten movies a year. From that situation, Myanmar film industry bounced back to the current level. Previous year saw 98 movies successfully passed through the censor, and 24 movies have passed the censor up to this date in the current year. Because of the less number of movie theatres, only 33 films could be released in 2016. Because of the direct relations between the supply and demand, there are people planning to run new cinemas. The good news is that people of the industry are planning to build advanced studios, nurturing and producing artists and technicians and cooperating with their international counterparts for producing more movies and upgrading their standard. They should do business under contracts and should recognize the copy rights as in the international; film world.
The MMPO chairman also made a speech. Afterwards, the award winners were announced.
Academy awards recognized 10 films from 2016.