Ethiopian cinema is a relatively new development, much like the rest of Ethiopia’s film industry. The potential of the Ethiopian film industry has been constrained by a number of issues. Although very few Ethiopians have become famous actors, they like live theater. In the 2000s, when Ethiopian films started to become more contemporary, they started to use Amharic; nonetheless, copyright violations and piracy have hampered their development. This decreased in the early 2010s as a result of the engagement of the government and the implementation of policies. Contrary to premieres in other nations, Ethiopian film production still lacks adequate funding and expertise despite recent improvements. Ethiopian cinema initially appeared in 1898, three years after the December 25, 1895, release of the first motion picture. A significant halt in growth has been brought on by the socioeconomic instability. The majority of Ethiopia’s historical and documentary films with deep cultural, religious, and national origins have been the focus of the country’s film industry since the 1970s due to government pressure. In 1898, a Frenchman brought the first film-related artifacts to Ethiopia; in 2003, Italian minister Federico Ciccodicola purchased these artifacts at the Annales d’Ethiopia. Then, Ciccodicola presented an item to Menelik II, the Emperor.