The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has approved the imports of films made in the languages of Indian subcontinent on five conditions including the exports of films made by Bangladesh.
An office order signed by the ministry Deputy Secretary (Films) Saiful Islam was issued in this regard on Tuesday.
However, a maximum of ten movies will be allowed to be imported in the first year against the exports of 10 movies, said the order.
The order said, considering the Sammilito Chalacchitro Parishad’s application regarding the imports of films made in languages of Indian subcontinent, the commerce ministry’s opinion was sought.
It said due to the positive response from the commerce ministry, the imports of films from SAFTA countries have been given permission against the exports of Bangladeshi films on the following conditions on an experimental basis.
They are — only legitimate film producers and distributors will be allowed to import films; films made in subcontinental languages with subtitles will be allowed to be imported on an experimental basis for two years against the exports of Bangladeshi films; in the first year, ten films will be allowed to be imported against exports; before screening of imported films, the Bangladesh Film Censor Board’s certificate must be obtained; and no such films will be allowed to be screened during holy Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul-Azha and Durga Puja weeks in Bangladesh.
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