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Kathmandu Officially Joins UNESCO’s Creative City of Film Network

Croft acknowledged the potential of Kathmandu's film industry.
May 20, 2024
Kathmandu Joins UNESCO Film Network

Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has been officially welcomed into the UNESCO Creative City of Film network!

During a ceremony in Kathmandu, UNESCO Nepal Director Michael Croft presented a certificate of membership to Sunita Dangol, KMC’s Deputy Mayor. The event also unveiled the city’s official Creative City of Film logo.

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Croft acknowledged the potential of Kathmandu’s film industry, emphasizing the importance of “soft power” like film alongside other development areas. He encouraged a focus on film alongside traditional investment sectors like energy.

Deputy Mayor Dangol pledged to leverage the knowledge and expertise of stakeholders within the film community. She highlighted plans to share these resources within the international Creative City network.

Filmmakers Chart a Course for Kathmandu’s Creative Future

The ceremony featured a discussion with filmmakers who presented working papers and suggestions for implementing the Creative City concept.

Film Development Board member-secretary Rajesh Kumar Thapa advocated for incorporating the Creative City vision into Nepal’s film policy. Film director Mohan Rai offered examples of successful film cities like New York and Busan, outlining strategies Kathmandu could adopt.

Film producer Deepak Raj Giri and Municipal Association Executive Director Kalanidhi Devkota also shared their perspectives.

Key Issues and Action Points Raised by Filmmakers

  • Revitalizing the Film Industry: Filmmakers expressed concerns about the struggling commercial viability of Nepali films. They urged the metropolis to address this and advocate for a “Creative City friendly” national film policy.
  • Film Fund Establishment: The creation of a dedicated film fund was proposed to support the industry.
  • Tax Relief: Filmmakers called for a reduction in the current 33% tax burden, which they believe hinders industry growth.
  • Film-Friendly Infrastructure: A desire for designated film and media zones within Kathmandu was voiced. These areas would ideally offer tax breaks for film offices and cultivate a creative atmosphere.
  • Exhibition and Archiving: The development of a screening venue near the National Auditorium and a dedicated space to honor filmmakers were proposed.

KMC officials expressed their commitment to holding monthly discussions with the film community. This ongoing dialogue will be crucial for shaping Kathmandu’s future as a UNESCO Creative City of Film.

Kathmandu was designated a UNESCO Creative City of Film in October 2023. This prestigious recognition places the city among 55 global members of the Creative Cities Network. These cities are recognized for their excellence in various creative fields, including film, design, gastronomy, and literature.

Abhinash Chaudhary

Abhinash Chaudhary is a Entertainment writer here at The Ditible. He writes on Hollywood, Bollywood and Nepali Show Biz News and trends, Celebrity trends and more, also covers Pop Culture.

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