Is Southeast Asian Cinema Catching Up To Hollywood?
Southeast Asian filmmakers celebrated the regionâ€™s cinematic achievements while lamenting the difficulty of competing with Hollywoodâ€™s pulling power at a film festival on the sidelines of the Bali Asean Summit on Wednesday.
Participants said there were two main problems holding back the regionâ€™s national film industries: a lack of output and the relatively small local audiences.Â
â€œFive years ago we were producing hundreds of films, but weâ€™re down to dozens now,â€ said Jose Miguel De La Rosa, a filmmaker from the Philippines.
Dang Nath Min, a cinematographer from Vietnam, said that Hollywoodâ€™s superior financial clout and marketing skills meant that consumers, and in particular younger moviegoers, tended to prefer the US product over their own nationâ€™s films.
The two-day Asean Film Festival opened on Wednesday with a screening of a Burmese film, â€œZaw-Ka Ka Nay Thi,â€ about a traditional medicine-maker with a talent for dance. The film earned Mee Pwar the Best Director award at the Myanmar Academy Awards.