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Film Facilitation Office in India
May 27, 2016

The Film Facilitation Office (FFO) set up by the government is a step towards facilitating single window clearance for film makers, promote India as a filming destination and provide the platform for film tourism in the country. 

  • This initiative also addressed the requirement of prospective film makers who were keen to utilize India’s platform for filming purposes. 

  • The FFO, would act as a facilitation point for film producers and assist them in obtaining requisite permissions, disseminate information on shooting locales as well as the facilities available with the Indian film industry for production/post production. 

  • The primary objective of the Film Facilitation Office was to create an environment that inspired filmmakers and tap the vast talent available in the Indian film industry.

  • The FFO would also identify and recommend such policy changes at the Central and State levels that would make India a more film-friendly destination. 

  • Some more steps being taken to streamline the process of permission in States. State governments are requested to appoint a nodal officer for purpose of promoting and facilitating film shootings in their state. 

  • The FFO would regularly engage with these Nodal Officers to remove any roadblocks and ease out the process of permissions as well as promote the states internationally through initiatives such as conducting Familiarization (FAM) tours for foreign filmmakers, participation at international markets.

  • The Government recently also instituted the ‘Most Film Friendly State’ award as part of the National Film Awards with the objective to encourage the State Governments to support the film industry. 

  • The award aims to sensitize the Indian states towards film tourism, advantages of bringing in foreign filmmakers to shoot in their state, promote India as a preferred filming destination as well as encourage the growth of the film industry.

  • The criteria for the award included presence of single window clearance facility, presence of state government backed film studio complex consisting of dedicated locations for film shoots, production and post production infrastructure, incentives offered by the state, presence of a dedicated web portal, database of facilities available, efforts being made to develop talent for the film industry, connectivity in the state and international marketing initiatives.
 

 


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