Artists get ministerial push

MINISTER of Information and Broadcasting Services Kampamba Mulenga (right) listens to Christopher Puta, Loyola Media Production Company, studios technical director, in Lusaka yesterday. PICTURE: ANGELA NTENTABUNGA

MINISTER of Information and Broadcasting Services Kampamba Mulenga says Government is in the process of setting up a trust to

help in raising funds to build capacity of artists to accelerate the growth of the local film industry.
Ms Mulenga said the establishment of the trust will enable Government to invest in the industry and support artists to enable them produce quality products.
She was speaking when she toured the Catholic Church’s Loyola Productions in Lusaka yesterday.
“The trust will also be able to help artists buy equipment so that they can come up with quality productions that will compete against international artists,” she said.
Ms Mulenga said once Cabinet approves the plan to establish a trust, a levy will be introduced that will go towards the same cause so that artists could procure modern equipment for their operations.
She also said local artists should embrace efforts being made to promote the local film industry as Government plans to set up provincial studios countrywide.
Ms Mulenga expressed happiness with the state-of-the-art Loyola studio and urged other key players in the film industry to emulate the Catholic-owned facility.
And Loyola Productions director Charles Chilinda said the company was set up in 2004 with the aim of contributing to the country’s media industry.
Father Chilinda said Loyola Productions wants to contribute towards the growth of the film industry in the country so that it could in turn contribute to the country’s economic growth.

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