The Film Association of Bhutan (FAB) is a member-based organization established in 1999.
Previously FAB was known as the Motion Picture Association of Bhutan (MPAB). Its mission is to represent and promote the Bhutanese film industry, while supporting, developing and creating awareness of Bhutanese cinema and its practitioners. FAB organizes various events such as national film awards, screenings, workshops, seminars, and master classes, to promote the growth and sustainability of the industry. The association also advocates for policies and initiatives that support the development of the industry, collaborating with relevant government and non-government organizations. FAB is committed to preserving and promoting Bhutanese culture and values through cinema, creating an environment where Bhutanese films can be produced, exhibited, and distributed both nationally and internationally, thereby contributing to the growth of the Bhutanese film industry.
Why do we exist?
The Bhutanese film industry, is relatively small and young compared to other established film industries around the world.
Bhutan is known for its rich cultural heritage, stunning landscapes, and traditional values, which has inspired filmmakers to showcase these elements in their works. The industry started to develop in the late 20th century and has since grown, producing several feature films, documentaries, and short films.
One of the earliest Bhutanese films was "Gasa Lamai Singye," released in 1989. Since then, a number of notable films have been produced in Bhutan, such as "The Cup," "Travellers & Magicians," "Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait." And Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom" a Bhutanese film that tells the story of a young teacher named Ugyen who is assigned to a remote village in the Himalayas. The film follows Ugyen as he struggles to adapt to the harsh living conditions in Lunana and to gain the trust of his students, who are mostly the children of yak herders. These films have received critical acclaim and have been showcased in international film festivals. The industry has also witnessed the rise of several talented filmmakers who are making a mark in the global film industry.
Bhutan's unique culture and landscape provide ample opportunities for filmmakers to create captivating and unique stories. The Bhutanese film industry has the potential to grow and establish itself as a significant player in the international film market. The Bhutanese government has been supportive of the film industry by providing funding and resources for filmmakers, encouraging the development of the industry.
In recent years, Bhutan has also seen an increase in the number of film festivals and events being held in the country. These festivals provide a platform for Bhutanese filmmakers to showcase their works and interact with filmmakers from other countries. This not only helps to promote Bhutanese films but also provides a platform for cultural exchange and collaboration.
In conclusion, Bhutanese film industry is still in its nascent stages but is poised to grow and establish itself as a significant player in the global film industry. With its unique cultural heritage and stunning landscapes, Bhutan has the potential to create captivating and innovative films that will captivate audiences worldwide.