I&B Ministry to arrange workshops with filmmakers

The I&B Ministry is aiming to turn NFDC a single window for filmshoot clearance and is going to undertake the process soon.

As a part of the agenda, an in-directive workshop will be held with few iconic filmmakers of the country next month, said the Information & Broadcasting secretary Sunil Arora.

“We have been doing some in-house thinking as well and have come to a conclusion that the eco-system is far too diverse and different areas need to be harmonised and synergised. So we will be holding an indirective workshop in the end of December in Delhi, where filmmakers will be requested to attend and share ideas. State chief secretaries will also be invited for the workshop and then we will see how can we carry forward the learnings“- he added.

Shortening and simplifying the process of seeking permission for film shoots has been on talks for quite some time now. To quicken this, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore had announced a Film Facilitation Office, housed by National Film Development Corporation (NFDC).

Renowned filmmakers like  Ramesh Sippy, Anubhav Sinha, Shyam Benegal, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra , Prakash Jha and Kabir Khan have taken up the responsibility of jotting down what all they expect from the office and will be conveying them in a written format.

“We had discussion with filmmakers, who have given some iconic films and with other stakeholders. In the very beginning, Shyam Benegal made an observation and said if there is no degradation of the environment, no damage to the environment and no security issues then let creative people do their job,”– Arora said.