The Myanmar government has presented 11 motion pictures academy awards for 2004 to the country's artists to encourage Myanmar's film production and bring up its quality.
Of the 11 film awards, presented by the Ministry of Information Friday after scrutiny of 27 movies produced during 2004, "Mystery of the Snow Story" received the best film award, while the best actor award went to Lwin Moe and the best actress award to Eindra Kyaw Zin, official newspaper The New Light of Myanmar reported Saturday.
Out of the 11 film awards, seven went to the film "Mystery of the Snow Story", which had been presented at film festivals held in Singapore, South Africa and China, was shot at a snow-capped mountain in northwestern Myanmar's Chin state.
Myanmar formed the Motion Picture Promotion and Scrutiny Board in 1952 and since then 279 domestic academy awards have been presented to successful artists annually, stressing the need to create films that are artistic, educative, informative and entertaining.
Meanwhile, a Myanmar Motion Picture Museum was established in Yangon in November 1998 to display the efforts of pioneers, successful film artists and promoters and innovation in the motion picture history of the country.
Besides, as part of its bid to penetrate the international film industry market, Myanmar entered Chinese film festivals with three Myanmar films during the last six years, the first, which is " Master of Flowers", was screened in 2001, the second "The Hearts of the Givers" in September 2004's Yinchuan Film Festival and the third "Mystery of the Snow Story" in November 2005's Chinese Golden Rooster Hundred Flower Film Festival.
Myanmar also introduced "Kyansittmin", a movie based on the life of the ancient Bagan era monarch King Kyansittha, who reigned from 1084 to 1113, to Malaysian audiences last year.
Meanwhile, according to earlier report, Myanmar imported 755 foreign films and 39,365 movies on video tapes and laser CDs from 1988 to 2003.