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Official to push for film studies in Taiwan's high schools

Official to push for film studies in Taiwan's high schools

A visiting Taiwan official said here Thursday that his film promotion department will try to persuade Taiwan's Ministry of Education to include movie courses in elementary and junior high school curriculums.
Frank J. K. Chen, director of the Department of Motion Pictures under the Cabinet-level Government Information Office, said that the initiative will raise the Taiwan public's awareness of the importance of film education and foster a greater interest in movies.
"Movie culture requires cultivation at an early age," Chen said, noting that film classes begin at the elementary school level in France.
Chen is currently heading a delegation of Taiwan theater operators on a visit to France to learn more about the European country's film industry development and digital projection technology.
He said that the French government's policy of support for its motion picture industry can serve as a model for Taiwan.
The French attitude
Meanwhile, the visit has helped theater operators in Chen's delegation better understand the French attitude toward culture and re-think their own social responsibilities and the social significance of movie theaters, said Shin Kong Cineplex manager Luo Min-wen, one of the members of the delegation.
She noted that Taiwan's theater operators only take box office revenue into consideration and do not care about contributing to culture.
The country's film venues are restricted in the selection of films available by distributors as well, Kuo said, in contrast to France where a wide diversity of movies are shown in cinemas.
Members of the delegation expressed the view that digital projection will become the trend of the future and that an upgrading of facilities in Taiwan theaters will be needed.