Govt spends Rs 261 mn on film festivals between 2007-2010

NEW DELHI: The Government spent a total of Rs 261.1 million towards holding various international, national, Indian Panorama, children?s and documentary film festivals.

Of this, the Directorate of Film Festivals incurred Rs 195.4 million between 2007-08 and November 2010 towards organising various film festivals, selecting films for Indian Panorama, the International Film Festival of India, and conducting the National Film Awards.

This expenditure was incurred under the Plan Schemes titled Export Promotion through Film Festivals and Non-Plan heads titled National Award for Films and Film Festivals under Cultural Exchange.

In addition, the Children?s Film Society, India, incurred expenditure of Rs 33.1 million from 2007 until November 2010 for the International Children?s Film Festival and state-level children film festivals.

The Films Division spent Rs 32.6 million between 2007 and November 2010 on the Mumbai International Film Festival held in February 2008 and February 2010 and on state-level festivals of documentary films.

A total of just over 35 festivals including IFFI and retrospectives or country-based festivals were organised by the Directorate of Film Festival between 2007-08 and 2 December 2010.

The CFSI held 21 district-level children film festivals besides the ICFF held in 2007 and 2009.

Following a case in 2005, the process of the National Film Awards was held up and therefore two award functions were held in the calendar years 2009 and 2010. A total of six cases were filed in various courts with regard to the National Film Awards or Indian Panorama in 2009-10. One relating to digital films was withdrawn while another relating to Indian Panorama 2009 was disposed of. The other four are pending and, therefore, sub-judice.

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