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INFORMATION BROCHURE OF FILMS DIVISION MINISTRY OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING

OUR VISION.

In the advent of fast changing media scenario the Films Division, the Premiere National Film producing organization, aims to strive to be the torch bearer of the short film movement by:

  • Disseminating information through the dynamic medium of film by recording the events and preserving the contemporary history on celluloid for posterity;
  • Projecting the image of India through cultural exchange programmes by producing software for online transfer between various countries via internet and other e-modes through wide spread distribution wing of Films Division and the films produced by them.;
  • Digitalization of archival material of historic importance for future on-line transfer through internet and e-modes.

OUR MISSION

In the advent of fast changing media scenario the Films Division, the Premiere National Film producing organization, aims to strive to be the torch bearer of the short film movement by:

  • To produce documentaries on behalf of the various Governments and Ministries;
  • To project objective image of the country to secure appreciation of its contemporary life and culture at home and abroad;
  • To inform, educate and motivate the people of India about various national issues so as to enlist their active participation in the nations building activities and objective appreciation of facts, events and personalities;
  • To foster, stimulate and promote the growth of documentary and short film movement in the country;
  • To record and preserve the journey of the nation since independence and various facts of national life on moving images.

OUR RESPONSIBILITIES.

As per the allocation of Business Rules, 1961 of Government of India the Films Division is entrusted with the responsibility of production and distribution of Documentaries, Newsreels/ Newsmagazines and other films and film strips for internal and external publicity.

Under the provisions contained in Cinematograph Act, 1952 for issuing of licenses to the cinema exhibitors, every public cinema in India is required by law to exhibit in every films show “approved films” of length not exceeding 609.60 meters. Directions in this regard are issued to the cinema licensees by the State Governments. In terms of the existing directions issued by the State Governments to cinema licensees in the respective States, the cinema exhibitors are required to screen films approved by the Central Government on the recommendations of the Film Advisory Board, Mumbai.

The scheme of compulsory exhibition of approved films by cinema houses implies an obligation on the part of Government to keep the cinema houses supplied with such ‘approved films’ at regular intervals. Films Division is the national body which fulfills this implied obligation by releasing News Magazines and Documentaries produced by this Division in various theatres throughout the country for compulsory exhibition.

Films Division also caters to the needs of the Directorate of Field Publicity. This Division also aims at fostering the growth of the documentary film movement. News-Magazines and documentaries of the Division are released in various theatres throughout the country for compulsory exhibition.

OUR ACTIVITIES

The Films Division is the premier national film producing organization head quartered in the hub of celluloid capital of India, Mumbai incessantly engaged in :

  • Production of documentary, short and animation films on a vast array of topics covering art, culture, industry, science, environment, education health & family welfare, agriculture, biographies, history, sports, land and the people and on a wide range of socio-cultural issues;
  • It is also engaged in production of feature films in regional languages and dialects with the right mix of entertainment and education to cater to the rural audience;
  • Under the mandatory provision of Cinematographic Act 1952 for compulsory exhibition of approved films, the Films Division with a well knit network release 52 films ( a film a week ) in all theatres numbering about 13000 throughout the country. Out of its total annual production of more than 100 films;
  • It supplies about 400 prints of a film in 15 languages for exhibition in theatrical circuits all over the country with an audience potential of more than 5 crores per week;
  • It also distributes the approved films produced by the different State Governments;
  • The Division organizes the biennial Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films to encourage the documentary film movement in the country and to promote the cultural exchange between the countries around the globe through its films. MIFF encourages film makers with prizes of Golden Conches, Silver Conches and cash awards amounting to Rs.25 Lakhs approximately;
  • Films Division also holds Film Festivals in State capitals by inviting special packages from foreign countries through their diplomatic missions. These festivals are non-competitive in nature, aimed towards strengthening the relationship with various countries and also to project the image of India;
  • Films Division also participates in various national and international festivals. It has won several national and international awards for their excellence in their films;

OUR CLIENTS

  • Cinema theatres/Exhibitors;
  • Central Government Ministries such as Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Railways, Directorate of Field Publicity of Ministry of Information & Broadcasting etc.;
  • Various departments of Central Government;
  • State Government departments/Union Territories Administration;
  • Government undertakings / Public Undertakings;
  • Television Network;
  • Educational Institutions;
  • Film Societies;
  • Private Sector;
  • Film Processing Laboratories;
  • Manufacturers of raw films;
  • Manufacturers of cine/video equipments;

EXPEPCTATIONS FROM THE CITIZENS

In accordance with the Cinematograph Act, 1952 it is compulsory on the part of the theatres in the country to exhibit the approved films limited to a maximum duration of 22 minutes (2000 Feet) prior to exhibition of main show. Films Division enters into agreement with the theatre owners for exhibition of approved films. After entering into agreement with the theatre owners and their commitment for paying 1% of Net rental to this Division, the Division issues Certificate for submission to the State Government authorities for issue of license. This agreement is renewed with the theatre owners every year. This work is dealt with by ten Distribution Branch Offices of the Films Division located at different state capitals and other prominent cities of the country. The territories under the jurisdiction of these Branch Offices of the Films Division are given in ANNEXURE-I. However, it is observed that some of the theatres in the country do not exhibit the approved films in their theatres .

We expect from the citizens of India to give their feed back that the cinema exhibitors are screening approved films in accordance with the Cinematograph Act, 1952 and also suggestions for improvement in the aesthetic and audio-visual values of films produced by Films Division. We also appeal to citizens of India to report non-screening of the approved films in cinema theatres, in the office of Films Division near to them.

OUR SERVICES

DETAILS OF SERVICES

Production of Films

This Division produces documentary, short and animation on a vast array of topics covering art, culture, industry, science , environment, education, health, family welfare, agriculture, biographies, history, sports, land and the people and on a wide range of socio cultural issues.

Exhibition of films

  • With a well knit distribution network, Films Division releases 52 films ( a film in a week) in all Theatres, numbering about 12,500 throughout the country out of its total annual production of more than 100 films. It supplies about 400 prints of a film in 15 languages for exhibition in the Theatrical circuit all over with an audience potential of more than 5 crores per week. Films Division also distribute ‘approved’ films produced by State Governments.
  • It also exhibits its films through Television network, Film Societies and Educational Institutions as well.

Sale of stock footage and prints of archival films produced by Films Division

The stock shots of rarest of the rare footage of more than 8000 films stored in Films Division’s Library is available for sale for commercial and non-commercial purposes at different rates. This service is available with Officer-in-Charge of Distribution, Mumbai, all Branch Officer, Regional Production Centres and Delhi based Units. The list of films of Films Division is available with Library(Films), Films Division, Mumbai. For further details visit our website at www.filmsdivision.org

Sale of Films in Video / VCD formats

Films Division has established a video setup for production of video films. Almost all the films produced by the Films Division on various subjects are converted into VHS format and Video CDs. These films are broadly classified into various categories and sold at reasonable rates. The films on VHS/VCD are available with Officer-in-Charge of Distribution, Films Division, Mumbai and all Branch Officers, Regional Production Centres and Delhi based units.

Sale of telecast rights of documentaries and short films of Films Division

Films Division sales rights of documentaries and short films for national and international channels. These films are also shown on Doordarshan network.

Loaning of prints for screening at educational institutions and film societies.

Films Division provides films to various educational, social institutions and film societies free of cost to maximize its films reach. It is an effort of Films Division to make sects of society to take part in the documentary film movement. For this service Head Office at Mumbai can be contacted.

Entering of agreement with the theatre owners for screening of approved films

In accordance with the Cinematograph Act, it is compulsory on the part of the theatres in the country to exhibit the approved films limited to a maximum duration of 22 minutes(2000 Feet) prior to exhibition of main show. Being the largest film production and distribution organisation, Films Division enters into agreement with the theatre owners for exhibition of approved films. After entering into agreement with the theatre owners and their commitment for paying 1% of Net rental to this Division, this Division issues Certificate for submission to the State Government authorities for issue of license. This agreement is entered into with the theatre owners every year. The agreement is renewed with the Theatre owners every year by sending letters to them by this Division. This work is dealt by the Distribution Branch Offices of the Films Division situated at the different state capitals and other prominent cities of the country. The territories serviced by ten Branch Offices of the Films Division are given in ANNEXURE-A.

Conducting of biennial International Films Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films

Films Division organises biennial International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films in Mumbai since 1990. This is a biennial International Film Festival recognized around the world. So far this Division has organised seven such festivals. This is a competitive film festival with a cash prize upto Rs. 25 lakh. Apart from this veteran Indian Documentary Film Maker is felicitated for his / her life-time achievement in the field of Documentary by the award namely Shri V. Shantaram Award which carries a cash prize of Rs.2.50 lakh and Trophy during the Festival.

The announcement of Festival is published in the leading newspapers in the country as well as abroad. The application forms are sent to the Producers / film makers directly by Films Division or through Embassies of the foreign countries. The application forms can also be downloaded from the internet at www.filmsdivision.org.

Hiring of manpower, sophisticated equipments, studios including video studio at the premises of Films Division to the outsiders.

Equipments : Films Division possess the best equipments in video and audio that are available on hire. To generate revenue for Government by utilizing built up infrastructure, Films Division hires out manpower along with the sophisticated equipments such as all types of Camera lights, sound equipments, latest versions of celluloid and video Cameras such as ARRI Flex SR35, BL, Betacam, Linear and Non-Linear Editing machines at reasonable rates.

Video Suit : A Video Suit with Linear and Non-Linear Video editing equipment is also available on hire.

Mini Gem Video Theatre : This state of the art digital Video theatre with a capacity to seat 40 persons compatible to play VHS to DigiBeta, Laser Disc, Video Compact Disc, Digital Compact Disc with Digital Sound System has also thrown open its doors for screening of films at affordable rates.

Animation Unit : A separate infrastructure of production of Computer animation where professional artists trained in animation technique work here in creative charged artistic atmosphere is also available for training.

Recording and Re-Recording Studios : The Recording Theatre with the latest Optical Laser Camera Recorder with the Dolby sound system, preview theatre for screening of films are also available for hire at Films Division’s Head quarter at Mumbai.

Vintage Mansion – Gulshan Mahal : Located in Films Division’s premises in Mumbai a construction of over a century old renovated with perfection is being lent out for shooting is attracting movie makers and proving to be a super hit among the Mumbai entertainment industry. To avail the services of Gulshan Mahal advance booking is absolutely essential.

The above services are provided to all departments of Central/State Governments. Visit our websitewww.filmsdivision.orgfor list of equipments and details of services and the approved rates therefore. The interested parties can also apply in writing to the Chief Producer, Films Division or his authorized officer.

OUR SERVICES AT OTHER REGIONAL PRODUCTION CENTRES

Production Centre at New Delhi

Films Division Auditorium at Mahadeo Road, New Delhi is equipped with Dolby Sound System for preview of Films Division films and also for screening of films for VVIPs and VIPs. This auditorium is also given on hire to outside filmmakers/agencies.

Production Centre at Bangalore

Regional Production Centre at Kolkata is also equipped with Editing Suits/Projection facilities etc.

Production Centre at Kolkata

A recording theatre with projection facilities and equipped with editing suits are also available in Films Division, Southern Regional Production Centre, Bangalore.

All the above services and commitments will be honoured without the citizen having to pay any bribe.

We request Central /State Governments /UT Administrations /Organisation to:

  • Contact our Divisional Heads, as per details given below, to obtain the services listed in the Annexure- I & II.
  • Visit our Website www.filmsdivision.org; or www.miffindia.org. for further details