Thursday, December 2

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The president of the Film Federation of India (FFI), Firdausul Hasan, on Thursday sent a letter to Prasoon Joshi, chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), requesting him to accept online submission of movies. The decision to make this request was taken at an online video conference chaired by Kolkata-based FFI president. Thirty executive committee members from all over the country attended the conference.

Hasan said, “Certification has got stuck due to the lockdown. No workforce is available to submit films physically to the CBFC office. That is why, we decided to mail this letter to the CBFC chairman on Thursday morning.” As of now, the applications are accepted online.

On being asked about the piracy threats, Hasan said, “I wrote to him, saying that producers are happy to send vimeo links with protected passwords. This will enable members to view the films submitted for certification. The fear of piracy can be ruled out since films will have watermarks. If online submission of films is allowed, the review can begin,” he added.

At the meeting, the discussion included waiver or substantial reduction of all taxes/duties applicable on the equipment.

“We also want the GST on cinema tickets to be waived for some time. Lower rate of cinema tickets will help in drawing patrons. The repayment of loan and interest has also become a heavy burden on exhibitors. This is in addition to the property tax. We urge the government to consider granting relief to exhibitors,” said Hasan.

Another crucial part of the discussion was a debate over release of movies on OTT platform. The FFI members said it is important to see things from the perspective of independent producers whose films are stuck with no news about their theatrical release.


Source: Times of India

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