By OUR STAFF REPORTER
Dehradun, 22 Nov: Uttarakhand is fast becoming a major destination for shootings of films. As part of this, apart from giving full support to the film personalities, State Government is providing many facilities as well. Uttarakhand is becoming a favoured destination in the country for making of films. This was stated by Additional Director, Information, and Additional Chief Executive Officer Dr Anil Chandola at a workshop on the occasion of the Film Bazaar-2018 organised by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) at Goa.
A workshop was organised on the facilities being given for film shooting in Uttarakhand at the ongoing Film Bazaar-2018 in Goa on Thursday. Famous film producers/directors of country and abroad and representatives of 11 states participated in the workshop. The Film Bazaar-2018 is being organized in Goa from 20 to 24 November.
While addressing the workshop, detailed information was given regarding the Uttarakhand Film Policy through a presentation by Dr Chandola. He said that permission is being given by the state government to shoot films under a single window system. The fee for shooting of films has also been abolished. The Uttarakhand Film Development Council is being made more active. The natural and picturesque sites of the state are being identified for shooting. New shooting sites in the state are being explored and data in this regard is being collected. Dr Chandola said that Uttarakhand has been the first preference by film producers/directors. Even before the formation of the state, big banner films had been shot in Harsil, Rishikesh, Haridwar and Nainital.
Responding to the queries of the film producers/directors at the workshop, Deputy Director, Information/Nodal Officer, Uttarakhand Film Development Council, KS Chauhan said that the Film Policy had been implemented in the state under which arrangements had been made to provide many attractive facilities for the film industry. Since the implementation of the film policy 2015, permission for shooting had been given to around 150 films, TV serials and documentaries. These included movies and serials of big banners as well. Chauhan requested the NFDC authorities that offices of the Government of India in Uttarakhand be issued instructions to be available for shooting also.
Film and Television Producer Guild of India CEO Kulmeet Makkar and Managing Director of Indian Motion Picture Association, Mumbai, Uday Singh also addressed the workshop. They appreciated the Film Policy implemented by Uttarakhand and called upon other states to do the same.
On the occasion, Director of the Indian Motion Picture Association, Mumbai, Lohita Sujit and Head of Film Facilitation Office, Vikramjit Roy, also addressed the gathering. The workshop was conducted by Kavita Saini.
By OUR STAFF REPORTER