Samguan, Paul and John Flomo to join other popular comedians to receive certificates of appreciation from the Liberia Movie Union (LIMU) for the roles they play in producing well-liked films for the Liberian market.
The comedians will be so honored at an event scheduled for October 10 at Crown Hill Cinemas in Monrovia, where they will join guest artists, including Takun J and Soul Fresh, in entertaining the audience.
Speaking to Martha Akorsah in an interview, the LIMU president said that it is better to give a man his honor while he is still alive, adding that comedians play a central role in the reawakening of the love for local movies in Liberians.
“We are hosting this award to inform them that the union is about to introduce a series of policies and regulations to control the proliferation of movies on the market,” she said.
“Liberia has a vibrant growing film industry, but its reputation is now at stake from the (large number) of substandard movies.”
She disclosed that some of the of the regulations that will take immediate effect after the event would be the screening and reviewing of films by the Movie Control and Critique Committee before they can be made available to the general public.
“Only those films that are registered with the union will be screened for marketing purposes. Films that do not meet this requirement will not be placed on the market,” she said, adding that serious remedial actions, including fines, suspensions and probations will be imposed on movie houses caught bypassing the channels on releasing films to the market.
“Few films will be released on a monthly basis to make way for (a level playing) field, distribution and launching so as to enable production companies (to) generate more income, thus given time to the Movie Control and Critique Committee to reviews more films,” she said.
“While it true that producers and directors are doing all they can to improve the standard of Liberian pictures, the leadership cannot continue to allow low quality and substandard films to dominate the market.”
The union president said that LIMU sees the film industry as a sector with excellent potentials for growth, and this can only be accomplished when more measures to scrutinize locally produced films are put in place to raise them to international standards.
The benefit of this new policy and regulation, she said, is to ensure that the public has available to it quality films that would inspire and encourage people, attract large budget films and make the collection of royalties from television stations, hotels, entertainment centers and many more a reality for those in the film industry.
“When this policy is implemented, Liberian films will be able to compete with other African films on the international market,” she emphasized.
Entrance fee to the October 10 event at Crown Hill Cinema is L$100.