This will help filmmakers to make such films without worrying about whether or not they can generate the desired income, I&B Minister Anurag Singh Thakur said at the closing ceremony of the 52nd India International Film Festival (Ifi ) Sunday night.
“We will strengthen the NFDC. Thanks to this, you will have the opportunity to make such films whether they generate income or not. We will work together to bring Indian culture and tradition to the world, ”Thakur said after congratulating filmmaker Aimee Baruah for making the first Dimasa language film“ Semkhor ”, which was screened as a film by opening of the Indian Panorama section in Iffi this year.
“Bharat has thousands of languages and we can present a lot of things that can be of attraction to the world,” Thakur said.
He said it is heartwarming to see a language like Dimasa, which is little known, make its debut in Iffi to coincide with the Janjatiya Gaurav Saptah celebrated in India from November 15 to 22. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the government will celebrate tribal freedom fighter Birsa Munda’s birthday as Janjatiya Gaurav Divas, Thakur said. “It’s great that we have a tribal community film this month.”
He also invited filmmakers from all over the world to come to India to film their films.
“We have a film animation center. In Uttar Pradesh, 1,000 acres of land is set aside for a movie city. Recently, Asia’s largest airport was opened nearby. On the one hand, Goa will compete (as a filming destination) and, on the other hand, Uttar Pradesh will provide the facilities. Uttar Pradesh is just waiting for the right people to come and invest, ”Thakur said.
He said international filmmakers traveled up to 30 hours amid the Covid pandemic to participate in Iffi 2021.
Thakur said Iffi 2021 saw 10,000 delegates from around the world, including filmmakers and students, participate in the hybrid format. A total of 234 screenings took place with a screening time of 450 hours.
Almost 30,000 hours were spent by delegates attending the online hybrid festival, he said.
In addition, he said that for the first time in the history of Iffi, all major OTT platforms participated in the film festival. He added that the platforms will become a regular feature of the festival in the future.