FD proposal for TV channel for documentary films with Govt

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Panaji, Nov 27 (UNI) The Films Division (FD) of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has sent a proposal to the Government for setting up a TV channel exclusively devoted to documentary films.

''We have a treasure of thousands of films of historical importance which every year help new directors in making quality documentary films, but these don't reach to masses for want of a platform,'' Chief Producer of the Films Division Kuldeep Sinha said at press conference here.

Mr Sinha, whose FD has put up an exhibition on the history of cinematography in the ongoing International Film Festival of India (IFFI)here, said a TV channel exclusively devoted to documentary films would go a long way in creating a market and taste for such films.

He said they were also talking to private theatre owners to revive the practice of showing FD films at the beginning of their commecial shows. In addition, the FD was also holding state-level documentary film festivals, he said.

Mr Sinha said the Films Division was going to hold the Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) for short and documentary films from Febraury three to nine, and it had received a record number of entries for that.

There were 545 films from India and 240 foreign entries from 37 countries.

The awards of the festival carry the largest cash componenet, with the best film getting Rs 2,50,000 and the second best Rs 1, 5000.

He said the work of digitisatiion of FD films was going on at fast pace and soon the process would be over.

Replying to a question, Mr Sinha said the aim of the FD was not to make money but to promote quality films, ans so many of the directors promoted by it had bagged national awards for their first films.

UNI

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