About film facilitation office
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Leveraging this country’s diversity becomes imperative while achieving creative collaborations on a global scale. It is more so when it comes to collating and managing filmic resources on ground, available within the country. This is where a structured body like the Film Facilitation Office (FFO) comes in.
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.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, through mass communication media—radio, television, films, press and print publications, advertising and traditional modes of communication such as dance and drama—plays an effective role in helping people have access to free flow of information. It is the apex body for formulation and administration of rules, regulations and laws for the same.
It also caters to the dissemination of knowledge and entertainment to all sections of the society, striking a careful balance between public interest and commercial needs, in its delivery of services. It is responsible for international co-operation in the fields of mass media, films and broadcasting, and interacts with its foreign counterparts on behalf of the Government of India.
Incorporated in the year 1975, the National Film Development Corporation Limited (NFDC) was formed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, with the primary objective of promoting the Good Cinema Movement. Over the years, NFDC has produced noteworthy films with acclaimed filmmakers. Ghare-Baire (Satyajit Ray), Gandhi (Richard Attenborough), The Making of the Mahatma (Shyam Benegal), Salaam Bombay! (Mira Nair), Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (Kundan Shah), Mirch Masala (Ketan Mehta), The Lunchbox (Ritesh Batra), The Good Road (Gyan Correa), are a few.
With financial support extended to more than 300 films in 21 Indian languages, NFDC’s architecture aims at creating domestic and global appreciation of good cinema. In addition to production of films, NFDC has been instrumental in creating an ecosystem to support the development, financing and distribution of independent films across the country.