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Jakarta Post

Govt woos Hollywood to improve RI film industry

  • Esther Samboh

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 3 2011   /  07:00 am

The government has invited the Motion Pictures Association (MPA) to be involved in improving Indonesia’s film industry following the recent resolution of the film import fiasco that resulted in a six-month absence of Hollywood blockbusters at local cinemas.

In a meeting with MPA executives on Monday, Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo said more players are needed in the movie business — both local players and foreign — to be incorporated in Indonesia, as the government seeks to fight monopoly practices in the country.

Indonesia’s foreign movie import industry — from importation to cinema chain — is currently controlled by the 21 Cineplex group.

The country currently has 676 cinemas, more than 500 of which are owned by 21 Cineplex, in 65 out of 498 cities throughout the archipelago.

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