Film Facilitation Guide issued for permission to shoot in India

NEW DELHI: A Film Facilitation Guide has been prepared by the Information and Broadcasting ministry as part of its single single-window Film Facilitation Unit for persons wanting permissions to shoot in India.

The guide is for both shooting of feature films/reality TV show and / or commercial TV serials by foreign film makers in India. The guide also has an application form and has detailed documents that should accompany the form. A demand draft of $ 225 (equivalent Indian Rupees) has also to be submitted.

The Film Facilitation Office (FFO) was set up with a view to promote and facilitate film shootings by foreign film makers in India. The functions of the Office would include acting as a facilitation point for the film producers in assisting them to get requisite permission, disseminate information on shooting locations and the facilities available with the Indian film industry for production/post production and work closely with state governments in assisting them to set up similar facilities. The FFO is housed in and operated by National Film Development Corporation office in Delhi.

The permission to shoot will normally not take more than three weeks to process. The permission letter issued by the government will facilitate permission from other local authorities, which may, in some cases, need to be obtained directly from these authorities.

In case any living personality is portrayed in the film as a character, the script has to be shared with that personality or his/her legal heirs, before beginning the shooting, and obtain a 'No Objection’ to prevent any legal hassles or suits.

If the film is a co-production, a copy of the agreement between the company and the Indian party indicating the role of each party, its responsibilities and liabilities, must accompany the application.

If a film requires shooting in the scenic but sensitive areas of Jammu & Kashmir, the North Eastern India or border belts, and/ or Restricted/Protected Areas etc., the application will be considered for specific approval in consultation with the Home ministry. In such cases, more time may take for processing the application.

The details can be submitted also to the Indian missions in the country from where the filmmaker is applying, indicating intention to shoot in India. The mission will issue visas in the normal course.

An expert from a panel constituted by the FFO will scrutinize the script. If considered necessary, to facilitate the shooting, a liaison officer may be attached to a film shooting team. Where a liaison officer is so attached to the shooting team, the government will bear his expenses.

In exceptional cases, the filmmaker may need to show the completed film to a representative of the government, in India or in an Indian mission abroad, before its release anywhere in the world with a view to ensure that the film has been shot in accordance with the scrutinized script and that the film has nothing objectionable from the point of view of presentation of a correct and balanced perspective on the topic covered.

During the shooting of the film if it is felt that any material changes or deviation from the approved script are necessary, permission may be taken from FFO before shooting these scenes.

At the time of receiving permission for shooting in India from the FFO, an undertaking will also have to be submitted, the text of which is on the website

Latest Reads
No. 1 Bhojpuri Channel, ZEEL’s Big Ganga collaborates with foremost Bhojpuri superstar Ravi Kishan for a 7-movie deal

Over the last two decades, Bhojpuri movies industry has seen a revolution in the form of content, talent, and production.

Movies Regional
Zee Cinemalu Announces World Television Premiere of Superhit Romance-Idi Maa Prema Katha

Continuing to respect and support new-time actors, Zee Cinemalu’s World Television Premiere of Idi Maa Prema Katha stars the well-known faces from the small screen – Zee Telugu’s very own Anchor Ravi and Kalyana Vaibhogam-famed Meghana Lokesh.

Movies Regional
&pictures to air Sonakshi Sinha and Sidharth Malhotra’s spine-chilling thriller Ittefaq on Saturday, 21st July 2018 at 8pm

A CBI officer is assigned a double murder case which involves two witnesses who are also the prime suspects of the case.

Movies Hindi
Zee Action to air The Monkey King 2 on Saturday, 21st July at 8pm

Five hundred years after the Havoc in Heaven, the Tang Priest is appointed by Buddha to go to the West to fetch the sacred scriptures

Movies Hindi
Zee to launch Zee Classic HD channel

The Punit Goenka-led Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL), is all set to launch Zee Classic's HD version.

Movies Hindi
Shemaroo Entertainment Releases Padmaavat On Blu-ray and DVD for Cinema Lovers

Shemaroo Entertainment Limited, one of India’s leading global content power house, released the Blu-rays and DVDs of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus, Padmaavat- one of the most expensive Indian films ever made.

Movies Hindi
Al-Futtaim, PVR sign MoU to explore opportunities in MENA region

Multiplex operator PVR signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Dubai's Al-Futtaim to explore opportunities to jointly develop cinema business in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Movies Hindi
&Privé HD to premiere the psychological thriller ‘The Gift’ on 23rd June

&Privé HD, the premium destination for nuanced cinema, is all set to premiere the American mystery-thriller The Gift on Saturday, 23rd of June at 1:00 pm and 9:00 pm. The movie marks the directorial debut of actor Joel Edgerton who also plays a central character along with Jason Bateman and...

Movies Hindi
PVR Cinemas pilots the Delhi Edition of the Year Round Programme by MAMI

PVR Cinemas, with its storied history of becoming the leading exhibitor and an eminent platform for all things cinematic launched the Year Round Programme by Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) in Delhi.

Movies Hindi

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories