BAKU -- Azerbaijani officials announced that foreign companies have invested some $5 million in the construction of a major film complex in Baku, RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reports.
Rustam Ibrahimbeyov, the chairman of Azerbaijan's Cinematographers Union, presented the project on March 29. The complex will consist of a cinema house with 500 seats, a film-festival center, a world cinema museum, and an international film school.
There are also plans for a banquet hall and a hotel.
Ibrahimbeyov said construction has begun on the project and was due to be completed within two years.
Ibrahimbeyov said no state funds were being used in the complex's construction.
He said there was a minor dispute with the State Oil Company (SOCAR) over the site of the complex but it has since been resolved. Ibrahimbeyov said construction was delayed for three months due to the dispute.
The idea to build the complex was approved by President Ilham Aliyev in 2006, abc.az reported.
Ibrahimbeyov, 71, is a well-known writer, screenwriter, and dramatist who has written screenplays for such movies as the Soviet cult film "White Sun Of The Desert" and the Academy Award-winning "Burnt By The Sun."