National film and television industry will be one of the main sectors driving the economy to grow bigger if the government and private sectors will work together to develop the creative industries, according to a research institute.
This is evident from the study consultants and research institutes of the world, Oxford Economic, who in 2010 said the direct contribution of Film and Television Industry Indonesia’s economy reaches Rp 7, 6 trillion, which is also creating new jobs as much as 191 000 people
President and Managing Director Motion Picture Association (MPA) Asia Pacific, Mike Ellis in his press conference here on Wednesday, said the results of that study are expected to be the economic powerhouse and an important stepping stone for the development of creative industries.
Great potential it has also become one of the reasons the economy to continue to foster film and television industry, he said.
MPA is an organization that promotes and protects the film community in Asia Pacific.
According to Mike Ellis, the film industry’s economic contribution and the national television to gross domestic product (GDP) in 2010 reached Rp27, 07 trillion, or 0.43 percent of the national GDP.
The industry is also creating new jobs as many as 491 800 people or 0.45 percent of national employment), and provide tax revenue amounting to Rp2, 818 trillion, or 0.39 percent of total tax revenue, he said.
Nevertheless, he said, Indonesia has yet to reach its potential because of the number of cinema screens still can not meet the needs of the national audience.
The study itself shows there are only 675 wide-screen movie theater that is available today to serve 245 million people, he said.
Indonesia’s top film producers and representatives of the Film Producers Association of Indonesia (PPFI), Chand Parwez said that Indonesia still has not been able to develop a wide-screen industry in accordance with the existing potential.
Large market, audiences abundant, but the effort to develop that way still face many obstacles, he said.
In Malaysia for example, in 2011 as many as 639 movies to entertain 28 million inhabitants.
Because more and more films will benefit both audiences and producers, he said.
Meanwhile, Indonesia’s leading film producers, Shanty Harmayn, said the results of this study provide an important basis for identifying areas that have the potential to grow the industry.
Other famous film producer, Mira Lesmana, said the study reveals how the film and television industry affects a variety of service industries and employment.
Because it is worthy of support industries to develop and progress further, he said.