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FFO Rolls Out Red Carpet For Foreign Filmmakers

admin   February 20, 2020

Film Facilitation Office (FFO), set up by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, is at Berlinale 2020 to act as the single point of contact for filmmakers to get all the relevant information about India’s film industry ecosystem, and help them navigate through the maze of permissions, treaties and guidelines of key Central Government Ministries and State Governments

India, with its huge diversity of cultures, contradictions and paradoxes, is fast emerging on the global film industry map as one of the last frontiers for filmmakers to bring millions of untold stories to live on screen. To facilitate this process, Film Facilitation Office (FFO), set up by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting under the aegis of National Film Development Corporation, Government of India, is in Berlinale 2020 to reach out to filmmakers and producers interested in filming in India.

FFO, as a one-stop solution for all filming needs in India, has been at the forefront of developing a filmfriendly outlook to capitalise on the beautiful shooting locales of the country.

FFO will act as the single point of contact for filmmakers to get all the relevant information about India’s film industry ecosystem, and help them navigate through the maze of permissions, treaties and guidelines of key central government ministries and state governments.

To bring more transparency, coherence and convenience, FFO’s web portal http://www.ffo.gov. in equips filmmakers to submit their applications online. It enlists India’s co-production treaties with many countries across the world along with guidelines of key central government ministries/ departments, which is often a gamechanger leading to greater ease of navigation, and thereby easing filming in the country.

Reflecting the new spirit of India, the portal also has the details of the Nodal Officers of the Indian States and Union Territories to further provide a personal touch to the services on the offer. While the web portal is an endeavour to reach out to the filming fraternity across the globe, the FFO has been proactively trying to achieve creative collaborations on a global scale.

In the larger scheme of things, FFO is an important part of the government’s endeavour to serve the flavours of India to the world cinema and disseminate knowledge and entertainment to all sections of the society.

Since the launch of FFO, many success stories have emerged to testify for the efficacy of this initiative. For instance, Christopher Nolan’s film Tenet got shooting permissions approved within a week’s time–thanks to facilitation provided by FFO which has drastically reduced the time taken to procure permits for foreign crews.

Similarly, for foreign filmmakers, one of the biggest hurdles to shooting in India was the huge cost involved in temporary import of filming equipment. Taking note of this issue, FFO has created a mechanism through which customs clearance process has been smoothened for filmmakers.

As the number of films shot in India is going up, a special visa category for foreign film crew has been introduced by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of External Affairs. The ministry officials coordinate with the Indian embassies abroad to help filmmakers get visa clearances faster.

Also, as foreign filmmakers often want to capture aerial scenes, a separate department has been created to cater to these requests. Now, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) provides permission for aerial shootings in the country. For Tenet, the permission to use a helicopter was very smooth and quick. Efforts have also been on to bring on board other institutions like ASI, DGCA, and Railways to further reduce the time required for permissions.

“As someone who has faced a lot of trouble in getting permissions in the past, now, it feels like a red carpet has been rolled out for foreign projects in India. I have four other international projects in the pipeline to shoot in India, but I can’t disclose their names,” says Dileep Singh Rathore, reflecting a change in outlook of foreign filmmakers when it comes to shooting in India.

The institution of the ‘Most Film Friendly State’ Award, which was won by the State of Gujarat in 2015, the State of Uttar Pradesh in 2016 and the State of Madhya Pradesh in 2017, is a unique initiative started to promote filming in India. For furthering the growth of the film industry in the State, Uttarakhand bagged the honour for ‘Best Film Friendly State in 2018. To encourage more filmmakers to shoot films in the state, the Uttarakhand government has provided various subsidies.

Most states in India have also formulated their filming policies, which offer certain incentives to foreign filmmakers. FFO can help connect with the right officials in the state administration to take a filming proposal forward.

FFO acts as a facilitation point for the foreign producers and production companies along with their Indian Producer/Line Producer in assisting them to get requisite permissions, disseminate information on shooting locations and the facilities available with the Indian film Industry for production/post production and works closely with State Governments in assisting them to set up similar facilities.

Foreign filmmakers desirous of shooting their Feature Films, Reality TV shows and commercial TV series in India, can apply online at the FFO website. And, the rest will be taken care of in a professional and friendly manner.

REGISTER

Register yourself with the FFO website www.ffo.gov.in to start your application process

FILL APPLICATION FORM

Fill out the application form for seeking permission for film shooting in India

UPLOAD DOCUMENTS

Upload script, synopsis of the script, passport details of the crew, details of shooting locations in India & period of shooting

PAY FEES

An application fee of INR equivalent to USD 225 needs to be paid online. (For International Productions) The fee is non-refundable

SUBMIT APPLICATION FORM

Submit the form on your own or through an Indian Representative / Line Producer


EFM Landmark: Great Opportunity for Filming in India

admin   January 28, 2020

For the first time, Berline’s European Film Market will host EFM Landmark — a new platform dedicated to bringing together producers and film commissioners under the name “EFM Landmark” (February 24 – 25, 2020). It is a great opportunity for film tourism and location heads in various state government’s across to attract foreign film producers to film in their respective locations.

EFM Landmark gives an opportunity for film commission representatives to make presentations, do business meetings and attract film producers and directors to shoot in their respective film locations. It’s a great opportunity to attract film producers in hosting a happy hour or reception at EFM Landmark.

Matthijs Wouter Knol, EFM Director aUS: “’EFM Landmark’ will add an infrastructure for the growing group of producers at EFM. In addition to visiting film commissioners at the stand where they do their one-on-one meetings during the week, ‘EFM Landmark’ events will help both producers and film commissioners to get a quick overview in two days of what’s cooking, what’s changing, who’s new and where to find unexpected gems that will help them speed up pre-production at the right location and forge collaborations.”

“We are very happy for this collaboration with EFM,” says Truls Kontny, EUFCN President. “For our association and for all European film commissions this collaboration is crucial and it’s a great opportunity to give visibility to our professionals and what they have to offer within their territories. It’s extremely important to have a physical space in such a huge international market where the industry can easily meet all our film commissions and learn more about our activity. Furthermore, this space will be the perfect location to assign our third European Location Award 2019: the award that EUFCN assigns every year to the best European location in a movie or TV series.”

Pickle, India’s only film biz magazine will be bringing out a special feature on — Hotspot: India location guide during Berlinale 2020..For more details email if you have any questions at pickle@pickle.co.in or Call/Whatsapp 91 9884562227 on getting the best value out of EFM Landmark.

At EFM Landmark, film locations boards can not only assist them in their aims for the best locations for their film and drama series projects, but also offer an array of first-hand information regarding financing, co-production and shooting possibilities in the city or region they represent. Over the past 20 years, film commissions have become a key factor in the international film industry.

In 2005, a group of film commissioners devoted to the business of facilitating production activity constituted the European Film Commissions Network (EUFCN). In cooperation with EUFCN, the European Film Market will host a new platform dedicated to bringing together producers and film commissioners under the name “EFM Landmark” (February 24 – 25, 2020).

“EFM Landmark” will offer plenty of options to present new trends, the tax rebates and incentives du jour, as well as changes in co-production funding opportunities and showcases of the best locations for film and drama series to producers looking for the right fit. Additionally, an important aspect of “EFM Landmark” will be a matchmaking service on its two consecutive days.

Two days at EFM landmark will get producers and film director networked with Film Commissioners across the world and search for best place to look for locations for your next script will end here.

EFM Landmark 2020 offers a new platform to international film commissions to present and discuss trends and opportunities for producers from all over the world. Following up and asking for more details to ensure a match is made is crucial to a successful event. EFM Landmark therefore provides an exclusive meeting space for film commissioners and registered producers on 24-25 February in the new Business Lounge in the Gropius Bau.

Events will take place both in and around Gropius Bau, as well as in the Berlin House of Representatives, where the Berlinale Co-Production Market takes place. Like with all other business platforms at EFM, access to “EFM Landmark” is with a Market Badge only.


HUES OF INDIA AT FILM BAZAAR-2019

admin   November 28, 2019

The 2019 edition of Film Bazaar will see participation from 10 states, which seek to promote the endless variety of cultures, landscapes, monuments, and places–spread across India from the lofty, snow-clad Himalayas to the sandy beaches on Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean–as world-class shooting locales for the film industry.

The Film Facilitation Office

The Film Facilitation Office (FFO) set up by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in NFDC is going all out to ensure that foreign and domestic filmmakers don’t face any hassle while shooting their movies in the country. It acts as a single-window facilitation and clearance mechanism that eases filming in India, as well as endeavouring to create a film-friendly ecosystem and promoting the country as a filming destination. FFO acts as a facilitation point for the foreign producers and production companies along with their Indian Producer/Line Producer in assisting them to get requisite permissions, disseminate information on shooting locations and the facilities available with the Indian film Industry for production/post production and works closely with State Governments in assisting them to set up similar facilities.

MADHYA PRADESH

Winner of Indian government’s national award for the ‘Most film-friendly state’ in 2017, the ‘heart of India’, Madhya Pradesh, offers a wide variety of locales, eliminating the role of a set designer. From famous forts, marble rocks of Bheraghat, to the green hills of Pachmarhi, the options are rich and many. The temples of Khajuraho are UNESCO heritage sites. Other shooting locales include Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks Gwalior, Orchha, Bhopal, Sanchi Stupa, Satpura National Park, and Ujjain. The state offers a number of incentives to establish Film Studio and undertake Filmmaking in the state. Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. runs its own hotels/motels which are available to the film units for film shooting on subsidized rates. Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC) is the nodal agency for film shooting clearance, incentives and subsidies in the state.

ODISHA

Odisha is becoming an increasingly popular destination for ‘start, camera, action.’ The Puri Jagannath temple or the chariot-shaped Sun shrine can give modern architecture a run for its money. The Sambalpur waterfalls and the Paradip port mesmerize one, with the confluence of river Mahanadi and the Bay of Bengal, at its backdrop. Odisha Film Development Corporation (OFDC) is the nodal organization for providing single window clearance for shooting feature films in Odisha. The incentives offered by the state include assistance of Rs. 10 crores to filmmakers for making the first three Hindi or international language films; all feature films produced fully or partly in Odisha are exempted from entertainment tax; and producers of films who utilize the facilities of Kalinga Studio Limited, Film & Television Institute of Odisha and Kalinga Prasad Colour Processing Laboratory are eligible to get incentives in the shape of subsidy. Among popular shooting locales are: Bhubaneshwar, Konark Marine Drive, Puri, Chilika Lake, Chandipur Beach, Hirakud Dam, Bhitarkanika, among many others.

Uttarakhand with beautiful hills of Nainital, Mussoorie’s waterfalls, accompanied by the divine bells at Rishikesh and Badrinath, is the right destination for filmmakers. Action scenes are bound to get racier, if shot at the skiing mountains at Auli and Munsiyari. The animals at Jim Corbett Park too, await their 10 seconds of fame. The state government offers incentives in the form of no entertainment tax for indigenous films, National Centre of Films for Children and Young People (NCYP)-produced children’s films and national and international award-winning films. Any filmmaker can shoot in Uttarakhand without any shooting charge/fees and there are many attractive financial incentives for films made in regional languages/ dialects of Uttarakhand. The Government of Uttarakhand is also focusing on development of a film city at selected location and selection and development of places for outdoor shooting. Among the popular shooting locales are: Nainital, Dehradun, Mussoorie, Ali Bugyal, Ranikhet, Chopta, Auli, Almora, Gwaldam, Chamoli, Munsiyari, Rishikesh, among many others.

UTTAR PRADESH

Uttar Pradesh is the rainbow land where the multi-hued Indian Culture has blossomed from times immemorial. Taj Mahal in Agra, the symbol of love, has attracted filmmakers to Uttar Pradesh since the black and white era. The temple town of Varanasi offers a never-seen-before cultural experience for the international viewer, while the Buddhist relics at Sarnath and Lucknow are other places that could double up as props for a film catering to a wide audience. The Government of Uttar Pradesh offers a maximum subsidy of Rs. 1 crore for the films which have been shot for at least a half of its total shooting days in Uttar Pradesh. Besides, the units doing outdoor shooting in the state will be given 25 percent concession in room rent on their stay in hotels/motels of the UP State Tourism Development Corporation. Some of the famous shooting locales include Lucknow, Agra, Prayagraj, Varanasi, Chitrakoot, Ayodhya, Sarnath, and Mathura, among others.

DELHI

The capital of India, with its unique historical and cultural heritage, has formed the backdrop of many iconic films. Sprinkled with ruins that exist alongside modern infrastructure, Delhi is undoubtedly a cinematic delight embracing two contrasting worlds. The city is home to three World Heritage sites — Qutub Minar, Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb. Besides the availability of new talent, lower production cost, international connectivity and better infrastructure, there are more than 200 locations to shoot at. The city has much to celebrate as it has already reached the milestone of completing 100 years as a capital. Initiatives taken by Delhi for promotion of films include a film manual with details of filming locations, etc, film events and festival, like National School of Drama’s Summer Theatre Festival, Delhi International Arts Festival, Osian’s Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema, Cinemala Film Festival and Delhi International Film Festival, etc.

RAJASTHAN

The capital of India, with its unique historical and cultural heritage, has formed the backdrop of many iconic films. Sprinkled with ruins that exist alongside modern infrastructure, Delhi is undoubtedly a cinematic delight embracing two contrasting worlds. The city is home to three World Heritage sites – Qutub Minar, Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb. Besides the availability of new talent, lower production cost, international connectivity and better infrastructure, there are more than 200 locations to shoot at. The city has much to celebrate as it has already reached the milestone of completing 100 years as a capital. Initiatives taken by Delhi for promotion of films include a film manual with details of filming locations, etc, film events and festival, like National School of Drama’s Summer Theatre Festival, Delhi International Arts Festival, Osian’s Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema, Cinemala Film Festival and Delhi International Film Festival, etc.

JHARKHAND

Jharkhand is a nature lover’s paradise. It is home to countless waterfalls — Hundru Falls, Lodh Falls, and Johna Falls. The State’s locales include forests, hills, valleys, waterfalls, wildlife, history, culture, charming towns and vibrant cities. Incentives offered by Jharkhand include a grant of a maximum of 50 percent of the total costing involved in making films in Jharkhandi languages and films made in Hindi, Bangla, Oriya, and other languages are granted 25 percent maximum of the total costing. There is also entertainment tax exemption on films made or acquired by Children Film Society, National Award winner, best Indian film in the international festival, documentary films produced by Central government’s Film Division, etc. Among the initiatives taken by Jharkhand for the promotion of films are: single table system for the successful implementation of film policy and to provide better facilities to the people associated with films.

MAHARASHTRA

Home to Hindi cinema, popularly known as Bollywood, Maharashtra is a director’s delight, as his/her search for locations ends right here. It boasts of a huge variety of options, seeking to be dissected with a camera. The incentives offered by Maharashtra include 100% entertainment tax exemption on Marathi films’ theatrical release in Maharashtra. Marathi films also enjoy concession/ rebate in Film/TV shooting charges at various government-owned sites/locations. Every year State government declares State Film awards, wherein the 1st best movie gets prize money of Rs. 4 lakh. The initiatives taken by the state for the promotion of films include a single-window facilitation cell as an agency to facilitate all film shooting approvals in an integrated manner from a single location; creation of the Film Tourism Promotion Council under the aegis of Maharashtra Tourism.

GUJARAT

Winner of the Indian government’s national award for the ‘Most film-friendly state’ in 2016, Gujarat is increasingly becoming the most preferred spot for the tinsel world. Filmmakers wishing to offer the audience an ‘eastern’ experience can land in Gujarat.

Incentives offered by Gujarat include incentives to Producers in the form of direct cash subsidy between Rs. 5 lakhs and 5 crores. Film producers and their crew are also given priority booking privilege and 50% rebate over the prevailing rates of rooms at government-owned Toran hotels across Gujarat. The state provides incentives on offer for winning an Oscar and other shortlisted prominent international film festivals. The initiatives taken by state for the promotion of films include a dedicated facilitation unit TCGL Film Shooting Cell; and single window clearance for film shooting permissions for all kinds of films. Among most prominent shooting locales are: Saputara, Champaner, Mandvi, Bhuj, Gopnath beach, Bhavnagar, Somnath, Dwarka, Adalaj ni vaav, Modhera, Great Rann of Kutchh, and Little Rann of Kutchh, among many others.

LAKSHADWEEP

Beautiful Lakshadweep is a paradise in itself and the simplicity of life here is what can make it a wonderful backdrop of some of the unique stories that need to be told. This tiniest Union Territory of India is situated in the Arabian Sea and is considered to be among the most beautiful beach destinations of the country. There are 27 islands in total and each is about 220 to 440 km away from the coast of Kerala. The Department of Tourism Development, UT Administration of Lakshadweep is engaged in the development of Film Tourism in the UT of Lakshadweep. Though until recently Lakshadweep was out of reach for the film industry, considering the importance of film tourism, it has been declared as one of the key elements of Lakshadweep Tourism Policy. As part of this endeavor, the Department will be initiating various projects for the promotion of film tourism in Lakshadweep.


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CHRISTOPHER NOLAN FILMS TENET IN MUMBAI

admin   November 1, 2019

The Film Facilitation Office set up by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in NFDC is going all out to ensure that foreign filmmakers don’t face any hassle while shooting their movies in the country. Christopher Nolan recently shot his film Tenet in Mumbai in a smooth manner and his team is all praise for the Indian officials for their support

Gone are the days when shooting in India was a herculean task for foreign filmmakers. Things have changed for good with the formation of Film Facilitation Office (FFO), which is rendering all support to directors and producers from abroad to make their movies in India.

A classic example is Tenet, the Warner Bros produced Christopher Nolan film which was shot recently with ease in Mumbai, called as the business capital of India and home to Bollywood (Hindi cinema), thanks to facilitation provided by FFO. Over 160 foreign crew members, 600 Indian crew members and 2000 extras were part of the film helmed by Nolan.

This is New India and people are ready to help anytime, feel foreign filmmakers who have lately shot their movies in the sub-continent, land of colourful amalgamations of different cultures, multiple locations and beautiful backdrops.

And, the support by FFO is immense, which is rolling out red carpet to foreign filmmakers to make their vision a reality in India, with all ease.

Nolan’s shoot in Mumbai was rather extensive and ambitious. But, the filmmaker and his team didn’t feel the difficulty at all, despite shooting the movie in busy areas. In fact, the director wrapped up his shoot in well under a week.

Interestingly, Nolan had earlier shot his Batman: The Dark Knight Rises in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

Tenet stars John David-Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Clemence Poesy, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Dimple Kapadia with Kenneth Branagh and Michael Caine. Tipped to be an action thriller, it is slated to hit theatres next year, on July 17, 2020.

Says Dileep Singh Rathore, the India producer of Tenet: “I recently completed a six-day schedule of Tenet in India, and it was only possible because we got the permissions in time. As someone who has faced a lot of trouble in getting permissions in the past, now, it feels like a red carpet has been rolled out for foreign projects in India. I have four other international projects in the pipeline to shoot in India.”

According to Rathore, “We were super excited by the coordination and facilitation provided by Film Facilitation Office set-up by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and the state of Maharashtra. It’s best of the facilitation one could get for a film shoot. We are extremely thankful to the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India and the co-ordinators at FFO and B A Gagrani, Principal Secretary at the Chief Minister’s Office, Government of Maharashtra. They were instrumental in getting all the permission clearances. This time for the first time, I saw that every department was accountable and FFO office was extremely supportive and they did wonders. I have to specifically point out FFO’s intervention in getting permission from Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) which provides permission for aerial shootings in the country. We could use helicopter for the Tenet film shoot.”

If figures are anything to go by, at least half-a-dozen foreign projects are currently being made in India. “Quick visa clearances for the foreign crew is one of the reasons why more foreign filmmakers are coming to shoot in India. For shooting in India, foreign filmmakers have to get clearance from the I&B Ministry. The ministry officials coordinate with the Indian embassies abroad, and help in getting visa clearances faster,.” says a leading line producer.

It is to be noted that the Information & Broadcasting Ministry, in 2017, consulted the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of External Affairs, and introduced a special visa category for foreign filmmakers. Also, as foreign filmmakers often want to capture aerial scenes, a separate department has been introduced to cater to these requests. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) provides permission for aerial shootings in the country.

Earlier, getting the permission to shoot in India used to take five-six months. But now, it has come down to three-four weeks.

The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, set up the FFO in the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) with a view to promote and facilitate film shootings by foreign filmmakers in India. The services rendered by the FFO have now been extended to Indian filmmakers as well.

It acts as a single-window facilitation and clearance mechanism that eases filming in India, as well as endeavouring to create a film-friendly ecosystem and promoting the country as a filming destination. The institution of the ‘Most Film Friendly State’ Award, which was won by the State of Gujarat in 2015, the State of Uttar Pradesh in 2016 and the State of Madhya Pradesh in 2017, is a unique initiative in this direction.

In the recently announced 66th National Film Awards, Uttarakhand bagged the honour for ‘Best Film Friendly State’ for ‘furthering the growth of the film industry in the State including creating an environment for ease of filming in the State, encouraging skill/talent development, incentivizing the re-opening of closed cinema halls, formation of film development fund, continuing with the earlier incentive plan for filming, formation of Utttarakhand Film Development Council among other pro active initiatives’.

FFO acts as a facilitation point for the foreign producers and production companies along with their Indian Producer/Line Producer in assisting them to get requisite permissions, disseminate information on shooting locations and the facilities available with the Indian film Industry for production/post production and works closely with State Governments in assisting them to set up similar facilities.

Foreign filmmakers desirous of shooting their Feature Films, Reality TV shows and commercial TV series in India, can apply online at the FFO website. And, the rest will be taken care of in a professional and friendly manner.


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A Call From Uttarakhand For Filmmakers Of The World

admin   August 28, 2019

Driven by a Film Policy conducive for filmmakers and directors, the Most Film Friendly State of India is counting big on its pristine locales, friendly people and good law and order along with several sops to promote filmmaking in the state. In this exclusive interview with PICKLE, Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, TRIVENDRA SINGH RAWAT, spells out the clear priorities of his government to make Uttarakhand a magnet for filmmakers from across the globe. By Arun Kumar Das

Congratulations! Uttarakhand has bagged the National Award for Most Film Friendly State in 2018. How do you see this achievement?

It is a matter of pride that Uttarakhand has received the top award during the 66th National Film Award ceremony for being the Most Film-Friendly State in India. The Uttarakhand Film Development Council was formed in the year 2015. But despite having so little time at its disposal, a favourable atmosphere was created for filmmakers/directors to shoot their films in the state. With the first prize at the National Film Awards, we hope that more films will now be shot in Uttarakhand. To ensure this, the state government has implemented an attractive film policy keeping in view various facilities that can be availed by filmmakers. In the investment conference held in the state last year, suggestions were also made by the filmmakers from India and abroad, after which the comprehensive Film Policy 2019 was implemented by the state government.

Trivendra Singh Rawat, Chief Minister of Uttarakhand

Since Uttarakhand is one of the most beautiful film locales in the world, what steps are being taken by the state government to attract global filmmakers and production houses to the state?

The state government has made its Film Policy attractive, which includes the single window shooting permission. Now no fee is being charged for shooting in the state. Under the new film policy, a provision of providing a grant up to Rs 1.5 crore has been put in place. Along with this, free of cost police protection during the duration of film shooting and the provision of residential arrangement for shooting crew with 50 per cent discount in local government guest houses for the entire shooting period has also been made. With these facilities in place, we hope that more and more filmmakers will come here to shoot their films.

According to you what are the advantages of getting a film shot in Uttarakhand?

The serene environment of Uttarakhand state is suitable for shooting films. We have some of the best scenic natural sites here, which are apt for shooting. Our people are peace-loving. No production team or artist faces any behavioural challenge from locals while shooting here. The state offers the best law and order situation across India. Currently, many air services are directly connected to Dehradun, which is convenient for filmmakers.

What is your message to the global film producers to come and shoot?

I believe that Uttarakhand is not only suitable for shooting Bollywood films, but Hollywood films as well. Recently, Discovery Channel’s most popular programme, Man vs Wild, was shot in Uttarakhand, which featured Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi. Apart from this, the famous Hollywood actor Will Smith also came here to shoot a film. That is why I would call upon the global filmmakers and directors to come to Uttarakhand without any hesitation and shoot their films here. The state government will provide all possible support to them.

Is Single Window Clearance a reality in Uttarakhand? What has been the experience of dealing with foreign filmmakers?

For the shooting of films in the state, we have implemented a system of Single Window Clearance, which has yielded favourable outcomes for the state. A large number of films have been shot in the state since the system has been activated. Since 2017, more than 220 films, TV serials, documentaries, web series, etc, have been shot in the state. So far, film producers/directors from Japan, France and Hollywood have shot their films in the state. They all have had a pleasant experience.

Do you have any sops or incentives to offer to foreign film crews? Do they get concession staying in hotels?

No proposal or suggestion has been received by the state government from foreign filmmaker directors regarding providing such assistance or encouragement. So far, those foreign film producers/directors who have shot their films in the state, have also not proposed any such thing to us. If any such suggestion comes before the state government, then every possible support will be provided in this regard. Hotels, guest houses under the state government have been providing filmmakers with a discount of 50 per cent on accommodations.

Do you have a panel of line producers on board?

A database is being prepared by the Uttarakhand Film Development Council, compiling details of all local artists, technicians, line producers, lyricists, writers, etc.

What other initiatives do you have in store for the creative industry and filmmakers to engage with the state?

Our government has given special attention to road connectivity. Better road connectivity to various cities has been maintained from Jollygrant Airport in Dehradun. The benefit of all these will be given to the filmmakers/directors coming to shoot films in the state.

The film shooting locales in the hill state can generate economic activities but for that, there is a need for ease of doing business mechanism. We understand this very well that the number of films shot in the state will give a boost to our tourism business. At the same time, the state will also get a new identity in the country and abroad. In view of the increasing interest of directors and filmmakers in the state, we have decided that films will be given the industry status in the state. Work has been started in this direction. This will increase employment opportunities at the local level.

SHOOTING LOCALES

Nainital
Dehradun
Musoorie
Bedni Bugyal
Ranikhet
Chopta
Auli
Almora
Rishikesh
Chamoli

CONTACT NODAL OFFICER FOR SHOOTING IN UTTARAKHAND

K.S.Chauhan
Uttarakhand Film Development Council
Email: ufdc2015@gmail.com
Website: http://www.uttarainformation.gov.in


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Uttarakhand Bags National Award for Most Film Friendly State

admin   August 14, 2019

The 66th National Film Award Jury has unanimously conferred the award for the Most Film Friendly State to Uttarakhand. The State has been selected for the coveted honour for furthering the growth of the film industry including creating an environment for ease of filming in the State, encouraging skill/talent development, incentivizing the re-opening of closed cinema halls, formation of film development fund, continuing with the earlier incentive plan for filming, formation of Utttarakhand Film Development Council among other pro-active initiatives.

The Committee noted that the amendment of the Uttarakhand Film Policy clearly highlights the above-mentioned initiatives. It also noted that the State was in the process of setting up a dedicated web portal www.udfc.gov.in for online submission for seeking permissions, payments and approvals etc. and has done away with the levy of any shooting charges.

An eminent jury chaired by acclaimed filmmaker Ramesh Sippy comprising of renowned filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri, and Uday Singh, Industry leader, recommended the recipient of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting’s prestigious award namely, the Most Film Friendly State (MFFS) Award 2018.

The MFFS Award is executed by the Film Facilitation Office (FFO) of the Ministry of I&B on behalf of the Ministry, and is being given under the aegis of the National Film Awards.

The institution of the “Most Film Friendly State Award” by the Ministry of I&B is another endeavour towards the Film in India initiative.

This unique Award, which was included in the 63rd National Film Awards in the year 2015, is the Ministry’s endeavor to promote India as a filming destination as well as to encourage the growth of the filming industry. The States of Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have been recipients of this Award in the last few years.

ALL YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT SHOOTING IN UTTARKHAND

Uttarakhand with beautiful hills of Nainital, Mussoorie’s waterfalls, accompanied by the divine bells at Rishikesh and Badrinath, is the right destination for filmakers. Action scenes are bound to get racier, if shot at the skiing mountains at Auli and Munsiyari. The animals at Jim Corbett Park too, await their 10 seconds of fame

Incentives offered by Uttarakhand

No entertainment tax for indigenous films, National Centre of Films for Children and Young People (NCYP)-produced children films and national and international award winning films.

Any film maker can shoot in Uttarakhand without any Shooting charge/fees.

Financial incentives for films in regional languages/dialects of Uttarakhand

(i) If the film is processed within the state – 30% or Rs. 25 lakh (whichever is lesser)

(ii) If processed outside the state – 25% or Rs. 20 lakhs (whichever is lesser)

(iii) If 75% of the shooting is done in Uttarakhand and film is processed in Uttarakhand – 30% or Rs 15 lakhs ((whichever is lesser)

(iv) If 75% of the shooting is done in Uttarakhand and film is processed outside the state – 25% or Rs. 10 lakhs (which ever is lesser)

If a film maker from any part of India produces a film promoting the tourist Spots, monuments, culture of Uttarakhand, the state offers special benefits.

Big banner films upto the budget of Rs. 2 crores, if 75% of the shooting is done in Uttarakhand 75% will be borne by the state

Based on merit, films having more than 50% or more outdoor shooting in Uttarakhand is made tax free.

Initiatives taken

Government of Uttarakhand is focusing on development of a film city at selected location and selection and development of places for outdoor shooting.

Uttarakhand was given a special mention certificate during the National Film Festival 2017 to recognize the efforts made by it towards creating a film friendly environment in the state.

Organisation of film events and festivals like Dehradun International Film Festival, Rishikesh International Film Festival and DOP Leipzig Lake Festival, Nainital.

Shooting Locales

Nainital
Dehradun
Musoorie
Ali Bugyal
Ranikhet
Chopta
Auli
Almora
Gwaldam
Chamoli
Rishikesh, among many others

For More Information Contact
K.S.Chauhan,
Deputy. Director/Nodal officer, Uttarakhand Film Development Council
Tel: 7055007005
Email: ufdc2015@gmail.com
State Website: www.uk.gov.in


Shooting Locales in India – Tripura

admin   August 1, 2019

Tripura is a landlocked hilly State in north-east India with altitudes varying from 15 to 940 meter above sea level, though the majority of the population lives in the plains. Tripura has a tropical climate and it receives rainfall during the monsoon. It is surrounded on the north, west, and south by Bangladesh and is accessible to the rest of India through the Karimganj district of Assam and Mamit District of Mizoram in the east. The state can serve as a perfect backdrop of an adventure film that demands locales where the jungle plays an important part. Full of virgin locations that are awaiting to be explored, Tripura with five mountain ranges—Boromura, Atharamura, Longtharai, Shakhan and Jampui Hills—is a state full with surprises.

For More Information Contact
Information And Cultural Affairs Department, Director,
Ica Department, Govt. Of Tripura
Tel: 0381-2324688
Email: icadirector.tripura@gmail.com
State Website: https://tripura.gov.in/


Shooting Locales in India – Punjab

admin   August 1, 2019

Already a popular destination with Bollywood filmmakers, Punjab with its ancient buildings erected by the Patiala dynasty, The Golden Temple and a vibrant culture of Amritsar, sunshine-yellow mustard fields, heritage sites, open spaces and effervescent lifestyle, has all the necessary ingrediants to attract global filmmakers. The land of five rivers, Punjab is also the land of food, colour, and happiness. Being one of the most significant places in India historically, this state is filled with wonderful architecture and places of worship.

For More Information Contact
Malwinder Singh Jaggi,
Special Secretary and Director Cultural Affairs & Tourism,
Department of Cultural Affairs & Tourism
Tel: 09780039112
Email: directorculture@yahoo.com
State Website: http://punjab.gov.in/


Shooting Locales in India – Puducherry

admin   August 1, 2019

A French colonial settlement in India until 1954, Puducherry has well preserved its French legacy in French Quarters, with tree-lined streets, mustard-colored colonial villas and chic boutiques. From its beaches to historical monuments and from its temples to churches, this Union Territory of India is an interesting destination. The laid-back charm of Pondicherry is clearly visible in the quaint French part of the town while visitors can also cherish the authentic Indian feel that the city brings through its culture and people.

For More Information Contact
Ravi Chandran, Revenue Officer, Office of Distt. Collector, Pettiyanchatram,
Email: ro-rev.py@gov.in; dcrev.pon@nic.in


Shooting Locales in India – Nagaland

admin   August 1, 2019

A state that is on the world map for Hornbill Festival and music, Nagaland has much more to offer as a pristine shooting location. The mountainous state in northeast India, bordering Myanmar, has immense potential to emerge as a filming destination with the government making an all out effort to put in place film-friendly policies in order to attract shootings from outside. The first Nagamese language movie made its debut recently at Nagaland Film Festival. Based on the inspiring story of Mhonbeni Ezung, the youngest recipient of National Bravery Award for Children, the film was entirely shot in Nagaland.

For More Information Contact
Tokishe Sema/ Asangla Imsong,
Addl.director/ Deputy Director
Tel: 9436005383/ 9436011753
Email: tokishey@yahoo.co.in/ asangim@yahoo.com
State Website: https://www.nagaland.gov.in//portal



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