July 23: Visit Nepal 2020 Secretariat has welcomed Shanghai-based Chinese filmmakers from Yongle Aanchao Creative Culture Co Ltd and Shanghai Film Group Co Ltd amid a function held at its office in Kesar Mahal on July 22.
Suraj Vaidya, national coordinator for Visit Nepal 2020 campaign, welcomed award-winning Chinese directors Kim King and Elaine King along with actress Selina, movie writer Ray Chen and producer Weng Wen Boo amid an official event held on Monday.
Vaidya informed New Business Age that the Chinese filmmakers led by directors Kim King and Elaine King are in Nepal for site selection to shoot a full length of spiritual Chinese movie “The Way to Pure Land”.
“The team arrived in Nepal some days ago and visited numerous locations in Pokhara, Chitwan, Bandipur and Kathmandu to select the most preferable location for shooting a full length Chinese feature movie on the theme of spirituality. The movie is a part of Visit Nepal 2020 plan of promoting Nepal as a movie hub, the movie will promote various aspects of Nepal’s tourism in the Chinese market,” said Vaidya.
Kim King while addressing the press meet on Monday thanked the Visit Nepal 2020 Secretariat, Nepal Tourism Board and Kathmandu Guest House Group for the invitation to visit Nepal.
“We are overwhelmed with the beauty of Nepal. Nepal undoubtedly is a natural, spiritual and cultural paradise. We are delighted with the friendly attitude of citizens here and are excited to shoot the movie in the beautiful, serene environment of the country. We will shoot the movie in two sections. The first phase of the shooting will begin in October 2019 and the second phase in March of 2020,” informed Kim King.
Visit Nepal 2020 Secretariat in coordination with line agencies will be facilitating the film crew to shoot “The Way to Pure Land” in Nepal.
Mohan Krishna Sapkota, secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, thanked the film crew for selecting Nepal as their prime location for shooting the movie. He additionally informed that the movie will support the governments’ plan of promoting Nepal as a destination for movie making and additional help to extend cultural relationship with China.
Likewise, Vaidya informed that the government should provide tax concession, transportation and subsidies to encourage film makers for shooting movies in Nepal.
“The government in most of the European countries including Spain which have established themselves as movie hubs have been implementing such policies to encourage movie makers whereas Nepal lacks such policies to encourage moviemakers. The government should implement similar strategies to attract movie maker in Nepal,” informed Vaidya.
He added that the Visit Nepal 2020 Secretariat has plans to organize a conference and workshop for formulating policies to establish Nepal as good movie hub. “We have made a tentative schedule to conduct the workshop in March of 2020,” he added.
“We missed the opportunity to host the IIFA due to misconception amongst the stakeholders but the Visit Nepal 2020 Secretariat is planning to visit Mumbai to encourage Bollywood industry to organize events and movie shooting in Nepal,” he informed.