NFDC sets aside Rs 300 million for regional films

NEW DELHI:The National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) has set aside Rs 300 million for financing films in various regional languages from its Eleventh Plan allocation.

NFDC has made a provision of Rs 65 million this fiscal towards funding of regional movies, same as last year.

As part of preserving good classic regional films, all state film archives have been asked to deposit any film material lying with them to the National Film Archive of India (NFAI).

This move comes on the heels of the Government‘s ambitious project of digitising and restoring films available in NFAI to avoid permanent loss of the film heritage.

Last year, the NFAI weeded out 15,565 reels as they were declared as unserviceable. This followed the report of the Committee constituted by NFAI in February 2003 for this purpose. After completing the necessary formalities, the material was disposed of in July 2008.

Though a few old titles had to be weeded out, these films may still be available with the concerned producers, directors or the laboratories.

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