Cde Shamu said this at the official opening of the Zimbabwe Film Industry Stakeholders Consultative Indaba in Harare.
He also said the government has a mandate to fund the film industry just like any other sector such as education which can use film as its vehicle in most of its programmes.
â€œDonors and private sector can only augment what governments will have initiated.
â€œIt is always far easier to develop film in a society where performing arts are very vibrant,â€ said Cde Shamu.
Minister Shamu added that African governments have not woken up to their responsibilities as the authors of the visual arts and culture.
Local film-maker, Nobert Ferro and his Namibian counterpart, Vickson Hangula, both said government should come up with a film framework and a film development policy for creating the industrial requirement of a vibrant film sector and hoped that the indaba will address some of these issues.
The three-day indaba is being hosted by the Zimbabwe Film and Television School of Southern Africa and is running under the theme â€œThe Film Sector in Zimbabwe and the Way Forward: A Step Towards Films by Zimbabweans for Zimbabweans.â€
It is being attended by captains of the industry and film-makers from South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe.