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.”

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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.


Shooting Locales in India – Maharashtra

admin   July 31, 2019

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

Incentives offered by Maharashtra

  • Marathi films enjoy concession/rebate in Film/TV shooting charges at various government owned sites/locations. i.e. Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari Goregaon (East), Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, Department of Archaeology and Museum of Maharashtra, BEST, Maharashtra Maritime Board, etc.
  • Every year State government declares State Film awards, wherein the 1st best movie gets a prize money of Rs. 4 lakh.
  • Financial assistance to Marathi film producers as incentive to produce quality Marathi Films:

(i) Marathi Films graded A category- Rs. 50 lakhs

(ii) Marathi Films graded B category- Rs. 40 lakhs

Initiatives taken

  • 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.
  • A ready to shoot, pollution free infrastructure in the form of Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagri Film city, Mumbai.
  • Development of Film City as an integrated film studio complex situated at Goregaon, Mumbai.
  • Online portal for information on locations.
  • Organize familiarization tours for major production houses in India and across the globe for key tourist destinations in Maharashtra.
  • Marketing support for shooting locations in global film festival.
  • Organisation of film events and festivals like Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI) Mumbai Film Festival, Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF), the Maharashtra Short Film Festival and Pune International Film Festival, etc.

Shooting Locales

Mumbai

Pune Khandala

Mahabaleshwar

Alibaug

Matheran

Panchgani

Ratnagiri

Harihareshwar

Malshej Ghat, among many others

For More Information Contact
Mukesh Bhardwaj,
Manager – Single Window Facilitation Cell Maharashtra Film, Stage & Cultural Development Corporation Ltd.
Tel: 022-28497550
Email: singlewindowfacilitationcell@gmail.com
State Website: https://www.maharashtra.gov.in/1125/Home, http://www.filmcitymumbai.org/


Make a Move to Maharashtra

admin   February 14, 2018

Maharashtra has unlimited scenic destinations which has a perfect set up for film shootings says Dr. Jagdish Patil, Managing Director, Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation

What is the magic of Mumbai to attract global film producers?
Mumbai is the financial as well as the entertainment capital of India. Mumbai Film Industry, popularly known as ‘Bollywood’, is one of the largest industries in the world in terms of numbers of films produced. Around 200 to 250 plus movies including feature films, ad films, television serials and documentaries are produced every year. Mumbai being the birth place of Indian cinema boasts maximum number of film studios. Some of them are legendary having excellent indoor and outdoor facilities for shooting. Greater accessibility of the city, great talent, nice sights to see and the vibrant culture makes it an ultimate juncture for the global film producers.

What is your focus at Cannes Film Festival and Market this year?
There are numerous unknown and unexplored virgin scenic locations that Maharashtra has to offer. Unexplored location Lonar is distinguished by the fact that it is the world’s third largest crater formed nearly 50,000 years ago, when a 2 million- ton meteorite impacted the earth to create a depression 1.83 kilometre in diameter and 150 metres deep. A short walk from the crater is the Daitya Sudan temple with its panels, friezes and angled bracket figures. Koyna Nagar remains a hidden jewel in the Sahyadri’s crown. It is synonymous with the Koyna river and Koyna dam which is the largest hydroelectric project in Maharashtra. Tapola is often referred to as Mini Kashmir because of the panoramic views which it provides. Tarkarli is a paradise of tiny islands and hamlets, imposing Casuarinas trees,and rich blue skies. Like this, there are many more beautiful places.

Can you give a glimpse of attractions in Maharashtra beyond Mumbai? What are the major shooting location attractions in the state?
Maharashtra has unlimited scenic destinations which has a perfect set up for shootings. Every location has unique features which can attract filmmakers. While Panchgani, Wai, Mahabaleshwar, Matheran, Khandala, Malshej Ghat, Toranmal and Chikhaldhara come under hill stations category, ancient Caves like Ajanta, Ellora, Karla, Bhajas, Elephanta, Bibi Ka Makbara, and Western Monuments of South Mumbai are some of the ancient areas where filmmakers can shoot their movies. And there are places earmarked as wildlife areas and scenic destinations. Last but not the least, there are beautiful beaches like Tarkarli, Ganapatipule.

When will the single window clearance become operational?
There is no single point contact as yet in the state of Maharashtra for getting shooting locales clearances. However the Government is in process of setting up single window clearance system for film shooting in Maharashtra which should be operational soon. Film City situated in Mumbai could help film producers to get the required permissions.

Do you have any sops on offer to foreign film crews? Do they get concession in staying in hotels?
Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has numerous resorts at picturesque locations where concessions will certainly be given for foreign film crews. Destinations can be accessed from http://www.mahrashtratourism.gov.in . MTDC has also encouraged Bed & Breakfast and home stays at the tourist destinations as well as the interior parts of the states where accommodation at concessional rate can be availed. MTDC will also initiate dialogue with Hotel Association for granting concessions and incentives.

Do you have a panel of line producers on board?
MTDC will consider for the panel of line producers while setting up single window clearance. We are sending this requirement to Film city for further consideration. Mumbai houses some of the best post production facilities in the country. Also it has abundance of talent and technicians.

Does this add to the state’s locale attraction?
Process of film making itself creates lot of curiosity among common individuals. MTDC is in a process to launch ‘Bollywood Tours’ where one can see shooting on locations.

What are the things they should expect from your end and what are the things they should not expect?
MTDC will function as a facilitation unit thereby making it easier for the global film producers to launch their projects in Maharashtra.