Magazine article Screen International

India to Receive Producers Portal

Magazine article Screen International

India to Receive Producers Portal

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India's new Film Facilitation Office (FFO) is developing a web portal to provide information about shooting in India and enable producers to handle the entire permits application process online.

The portal will offer information about filming in each of the Indian states, including production and post-production facilities, transport, hospitality and medical services. Local and overseas filmmakers will also be able to apply and pay for all shooting permits online.

The portal was one of several initiatives to improve India's filmmaking infrastructure announced by India's Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore [pictured], here in Cannes. "India has all the ingredients to position itself as a digital hub for the global media and entertainment industry," said Rathore.

The Indian government has also introduced a 'Most Film Friendly State Award' as part of the annual National Film Awards, which this year were held on May 3. The inaugural award was presented to Gujarat with Uttar Pradesh and Kerala receiving special mentions. …

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