This sure comes as soothing news for documentary film lovers as well as film makers. Films Division, the largest repository of documentaries, many of them having vintage value has slashed the prices of the footage and CDs in a big way after a recent costing review.
The 8000 plus films including INRs, news magazines, documentaries, animation films, shorts and featurettes are now available on VCD/DVD formats at ` 90/ 170 apiece, including taxes. The rare visuals of Gandhi, Nehru, Bose and Ambedkar, freedom struggle etc. can be procured in Beta format for rates ranging from ` 270 to ` 324 per meter while colour footage costs between ` 330 and ` 396. The B&W and color strip (35mm) rates have also come down to as low as ` 320-384 and `470-564 respectively. It may be mentioned that these footages were earlier priced above `1000 in all gauges while the DVD price was ` 338. Along with CDs and footages, the sale price of film prints has also been revised. The down-ward revision in rates will be of great relief for feature and documentary film makers who depend on Films Division for rare footage. Lovers of films on Indian classical music, dance, cinema and culture too stand benefitted with the cost of VCD and DVD coming down.
While Films Division CDs can be purchased from its Pedder Road head office in Mumbai or from its Branches in all major state capitals and cities, the footage can be procured after completing the formalities from its HO. Queries can be mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Anil Kumar N)
Officer In –charge (Distn)