The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has started collecting and reviewing documents and criteria related to the National Film Awards.
This is after the film director Karma Lhatrul Rinpoche filed a complaint of corruption and collusion against the Bhutan Film Association (BFA) with the ACC last week in relation to the best films and best director awards.
The ACC is looking at both the old and new film award criteria and also looking at the judges mark sheets and markings among other relevant documents.
The main point of interest for ACC is the Nu 3 mn in the Prime Minister’s award to the best three films.
An official said that since Nu 3 mn is public money, the selection of the winners by BFA would be looked at. The official said that the issue has also come out in the media and has generated a lot of public interest.
The ACC investigation, based on this review of the documents, will present its initial findings to a Review Committee which in turn will make a presentation to the Commission to see if the case merits an investigation or not.
The controversy centers on the selection of the best films category, whose top three winners received Nu 1 mn each from the government as the Prime Minister’s award, and also on the best director category.
The complaint to ACC is on the changing of film award criteria which allegedly enabled films of the BFA board directors to win.
Some BFA members, who talked to this paper, also raised the issue of a jury member being related to the BFA Vice President and board member, who also was the best director winner in the same movie that also, got the best movie award.
The BFA, it’s President, Vice President, board directors who won and the juror all denied any allegations of wrong doing.