NFDC Invites Applications for Production of Films in Indian Languages; Deadline September 8, 2019

By Pickle  August 1, 2019

National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC), the central agency established in 1975 to encourage high quality Indian cinema, has invited applications for production of films in various Indian languages. The deadline is September 8, 2019.

“NFDC produces & co-produces feature films that reflect the diversity in Indian Cinema, under the scheme titled “Production of films in various Indian languages” of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Under the said Scheme, NFDC produces & co-produces films under its extant guidelines for film production, whereby it encourages debutant filmmakers by undertaking 100% production of their first feature film and co-production of good quality films in partnership with private players both from India and abroad,” said NFDC in its notification.

With more than 300 films in 21 Indian languages, many of which have earned wide acclaim and won national and international awards, NFDC’s architecture aims towards creating domestic and global appreciation of the cinemas of India. While its recent catalogue boasts of films like The Lunchbox by Ritesh Batra, Qissa by Anup Singh, The Good Road by Gyan Correa, its old catalogue includes films such as Gandhi by Richard Attenborough, Salaam Bombay by Mira Nair, Train to Pakistan by Pamela Rooks, Duvidha by Mani Kaul, Ek Din Achanak by Mrinal Sen, Agantuk by Satyajit Ray amongst others.

Only the first feature film of the applicant director is eligible under the 100% Production scheme of the corporation. NFDC will undertake the production of the film and will also have all rights over the film and the story/script in perpetuity.

The length of the feature film should be between 90 to 120 minutes including credit title. Application should be submitted in duplicate in the printed or in electronic

In case of co-production, co-producer’s share of investment must be presented to NFDC before signing the co-production agreement post final approval of the project. The applicant (Director/Producer) must furnish an undertaking from the bank where the funds are placed by the Co-Producer with instructions to release funds as and when required by NFDC.

NFDC aims at fostering excellence in cinema and promoting the diversity of its culture by supporting and encouraging films made in various Indian languages through productions.

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