Setting up of film academy under review: Marriyum

ISLAMABAD – Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb said on Thursday that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had announced a comprehensive package to revive the film industry by incentivizing the sector through various tax rebate and establishing film finance and artist assistance funds.

Chairing the 28th board of governors meeting of Lok Virsa about art, culture, film and music, she said that the government was also contemplating to establish a film academy and state-of-the-art studios with an objective to impart training to artists and directors as well as to hunt the talent from across the country.

Aurangzeb said that no society could exist or flourish without a culture which distinguishes it from other societies and represent the hallmark of every civilization since ages.  She emphasized the need for making concerted efforts to promote and preserve the cultural heritage. She said that her ministry had a crucial role in promoting the cultural heritage of the country by engaging the press and opinion leaders for its propagation.

The minister directed the management of Lok Virsa to reach out to the masses by holding cultural festivals and events and the information ministry would extend all possible help in this regard.

The meeting was also attended by officials and members of Lok Virsa including Saleema Hashmi, Jamil Yousaf, Taqi Akhundzada and Farooq Qaiser.

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