Single window for foreign film shoots

PTI, PANAJI | 28 November 2011 09:43 IST

In a joy for foreign film makers wanting to shoot in India, a special cell has been set up to facilitate the single-window clearance for film shootings in the country.

The platform was formed as part of plans to woo more interational movie makers to the country, which is already a favourite loation of global film industry.

"This cell will function in the Chief Minsiter's office and Union Tourism Ministry will bear the expenses to run it," Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahay said here.

The body will consist of representatives from National Films Division Corporation (NFDC), Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Union Tourism ministry, stake holders and the state government.

Sahay said red-tapism had been a major complaint of filmmakers, who want to shoot in India.

"We are learning from Goa and Pondicherry experience where single window system for film shootings is in place. We want to replicate it in all the other states," he said.

The Union Tourism Ministry has also decided to take up the issue of stringent visa regulations faced by the filmmakers, with the Prime Minister.

There are complaints from the foreign filmmakers that they are facing difficulty to get visa clearances, he said.

The Ministry has also decided to have proper infrastructure around places that are being developed as film shooting destinations.

"People should not be made to travel for 4-5 hours to reach these destinations," he said.
The country is also considering tax reimbursement to those who shoot their movies in domestic locations, he added.

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