Ethiopian movie production gets record increase
The movie industry in Ethiopia recorded a record increase in production and audiences with 75 films produced in the last year alone, attracting over 600,000 viewers.
An international short film festival held in Addis Ababa (from 14 to 19 June 2010) where around 100 films across the world are being screened revealed that Ethiopian films have recorded growth over the past two years. The Ethiopian Film Producers Association (EFPA) said that some 75 films were produced and displayed for show in various cinema houses in 2009.
The EFPA Deputy President Tomas Getachew, said that the number of viewers of local movies has increased to an average from less than 200,000 to 2.7 million over the last seven years. Only last year, around 605, 454 viewers were recorded for various local films in two cinema houses in Addis Ababa, home to around five million people. According to EFPA, only 194 movies were produced in the last six years, with 75 of them produced last year alone.
“The movie industry has shown a rapid progress. However, the number is insignificant when compared to that of the number of films which a country like Nigeria produces,” added the association.
The festival being held under the theme, “Images That Matter”, at the National Theater in Addis Ababa, aims to use film as a “ personal, social, and economic tool and to facilitate an exchange between African filmmakers and the international community”. A competition among 25 East African filmmakers, with the first prize being an air ticket to France for training in film production was held at the final day of the festival.