Films Division in new makeover at IFFI


IFFI 2007, Goa

Inox, for the IFFI 2007

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Panaji, Nov 25: India’s Films Division, a legacy from the days when documentary filmmaking in India was largely government-dominated, has put up a cine expo and is to screen films on the Indian freedom struggle during the IFFI film festival underway here.

Struggling to find a new role for itself, in times when many high-quality filmmakers, specially small-time independent documentary makers, have entered the market, the Films Division has also set up a marketing stall of its products and is taking part in a ‘film bazaar’ that is part of the International Film Festival of India 2007. It has also released a film on Indian cinema.

Films Division is organizing an exclusive exhibition, called ‘Behind The Frames’, during IFFI.

This cine expo will displays different equipment and materials connected with filmmaking, going from decades ago to the latest gadgets.

On display are a 35 mm Mitchell camera, metal blimp camera, 16 mm Bolex camera, Aaton and BL camera, Eclair NPR camera, Arri 435, zoom lenses, digital meters, Uhar recorder, Nagras, digital recorders, 35 mm triple dubbers, and more.

Also competing for space are a Siemens mixing console, still cameras, moviola, sound reader, Steenbeck, 10 K and 5 K lights, sun guns, reflectors, 35 mm and 16 mm projectors, colour and B & W picture and sound positive and negative spools and more.

Apart from these, rare film-related photographs and posters collected from different sources are also being exhibited. The rare equipments on display offer an insight into the technical nuances of film making, and how it changed over the times.

Films on the history of Indian cinema, filmmaking and related subjects are also being screened at the venue. The expo will be held at the Dr. V.J. Pinto Hall, on the ground floor of a restored beautiful colonial building, part of which goes back to the 18th century in Portuguese-ruled Goa, which also served as the main hospital for the region ages ago.

This expo will remain open to delegates and public from Nov 24 to Dec 2.

Films Division’s documentary films on different subjects, especially on art, heritage, music, dance, cinema, Indian personalities, and India’s freedom struggle and the like, have been stocked in VCD format.

A marketing stall will sell the same at the INOX venue of IFFI, along with the chance to preview the films.

Films Division is also participating in the Film Bazaar organized by the Indian National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) at the Marriott, alongside Miramar beach.

“Efforts will be made for exposure of our culture, art and heritage through Films Division documentaries by proactive interaction with producers and delegates from different countries at both the film bazaar and film market stall as well,” an official statement here said.

‘Dreaming Cinema’ an exclusive documentary on the history of Indian cinema after the Independence, is being released on the occasion of the 38th IFFI. This 30-minute film will provide an overview of Indian cinema from 1947 till date, as the theme.

The second issue of ‘Documentary Today’ will be released during the festival. Apart from this, four Films Division films on the freedom movement will be screened in the special section called ‘India at 60’, marking the country’s 60th anniversary as an independent nation.

Four Films Division films have already been selected in the Indian Panorama section this year.

Officials said the Films Division team, handling the all-important Print Unit of the IFFI, has started functioning, for ensuring “zero error screenings” at different venues.

Films Division, run by the government, has been engaged in the production of documentaries and news magazines for publicity of the government’s programmes. Its news magazines and documentaries have long been released to various theatres throughout the country for compulsory exhibition.

Films Division produces documentaries and news magazines from its headquarters at Mumbai, films on defence and family welfare from New Delhi and featurettes with a rural bias from the regional centres at Calcutta and Bangalore.

It also organises an International Film Festivals for Documentary, Short and Animation Films at Mumbai, also known as the MIFF. The next MIFF will be held from Feb 3-9, 2008, details of which are at http://miffindia.in/

Films Division is divided into four wings, viz. Production, Distribution, International Documentary and Short Film Festival. See http://www.filmsdivision.org

Cinema was itself introduced to India fairly early, in 1896. Currently, the Indian film industry is rated the largest in the world in terms of the ticket sales and the number of films produced annually.

Movie tickets in India are among the cheapest in the world. India accounts for 73 percent of movie admissions in the Asia-Pacific region. The industry is mainly supported by the vast cinema-going Indian public.

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