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      Gujarat Bags National Award for Ease of
Doing Business in Cinema, UP and Kerala
Get Special Mentions
    Filmmakers Seek Incentives to Film
in North Dakota, Minnesota

Gujarat was named the Most Film-Friendly State at the 63rd National Film Awards here today. This is the first time that the Information and Broadcasting Ministry has bestowed this award in order to promote film tourism in states.


Filmmakers are calling for "action" from North Dakota and Minnesota legislators to create more funding options for movies made in the states.
      Filming in The World's Most
Versatile Locations

Many factors come into play, such as accessibility, cost, noise and weather conditions. Some places might be too difficult to reach, or local authorities and internal conflicts might stand in the way. Others can simply prove too expensive.


    Cincinnati Could Host Another
Hollywood Film Crew

Cincinnati is being considered for another Hollywood film, WLWT reports. When Don Cheadle was in town over the weekend for the local debut of his film 'Miles Ahead' that was shot in downtown Cincinnati in 2014, he said he's considering making a return trip. Cheadle said the biopic about Miles Davis felt authentic because of the city's historic architecture and that the city opened its arms to the cast and crew during filming. He also cited local film tax credits as an added benefit to making a movie in Greater Cincinnati.

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      Advocates Pushing for Incentives to
Bring Film Projects to Tucson
    International Movie Productions Line Up
for Sunshine State

Tucson movie industry advocates are pushing to bring more films and commercials to the area, which could also bring big money for the local economy.


Queensland's film industry is in the midst of a golden run with five international productions being shot this year and more in the pipeline, Screen Queensland says.
      Louisiana Tax Credits, Exemptions:
What's Worth Keeping?

Legislators on Monday (March 21) began what's expected to be a long process of reviewing the state's hundreds of tax credits and exemptions, after two separate plans to put an expiration date on tax breaks fell apart during the special session.

          Cinepax Launches Pakistan Film Fund  

Cinepax Cinema, Pakistan's largest entertainment company, is all set to launch their new venture, Pakistan Film Fund. Pakistan Film Fund will be Pakistan's first professionally managed fund to invest in and promote the Pakistani film industry. With commitments of PKR 300,000,000/- the Pakistan Film Fund aims to provide professional value added capital to Pakistani films.
      Lights, Camera, Anaheim: City Gets
More Screen Time as Movies,
TV Shows Film in Town

When "Rosewood" co-executive producer Vahan Moosekian was scouting a location to stand in as Miami, he and his crew drove south to Orange County and found what they needed. Miami's famous beaches would be played by Huntington Beach, while Anaheim would take the stage as some of Miami's diverse neighborhoods.
      Star Wars Episode VIII Brings Power of The Force to New Locations in Ireland


Shooting of the next film in the Star Wars saga is to move far, far away to rural Ireland, it has been confirmed.

Lucasfilm has been granted permission for 12 weeks of set-building and filming in County Cork, prompting hopes of a further tourism boom in the area after a remote Irish island, Skellig Michael, appeared in December's Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

      Chinese Films Shot in Czech Republic to Boost Tourism  

The number of Chinese tourists rose to 250,000 in 2015, compared to 17,000 a decade ago, following the Chinese romantic drama Somewhere Only We Know. The memorandum on film exchanges and cooperation signed by China and the Czech Republic in November 2015 aims at boosting not only the cinema exchanges but also the development of tourism.

New App Helps Game of Thrones Tourists Find Northern Irish Filming Locales

For those about to find their way around Westeros, we salute you. But for those wandering around Northern Ireland like little babes lost on the King's Road as winter bares down, help is on the way! Northern Ireland Screen has just introduced a brand new app for your smart phone that is designed to help all those looking to find their way to Westeros.

      China's Fascination With TV War Drama Is Poised to Draw Tourists to Korea  

A TV drama featuring a romance between a soldier and a doctor in a fictional war-torn nation is reigniting a South Korean pop culture boom across Asia that's set to provide an economic boost. The Descendants of the Sun is a monster hit in China, drawing more than 2.4 billion views on video-streaming website since it began airing in late February.

    MPAA Theatrical Market Statistics 2015   Why 2016 Could Be a Banner Year for
Hollywood Studio Mergers and Acquisitions
California Sees Increase in Film Production

Global box office for all films released in each country around the world reached $38.3 billion in 2015, up 5% over 2014's total, with increases in both U.S./Canada ($11.1 billion) and international ($27.2 billion) box office.


CEOs from Tribune Media's Peter Liguori to John Malone say they're ready to make some moves as the future of networks such as WGN America, Starz, Lionsgate and Paramount remain uncertain.
      Key Triggers - RBI Policy, GST Bill, Q4
Earnings: Morgan Stanley
  MPA & APSA Announce Launchof
2016 Film Fund
Ridham Desai of Morgan Stanley says the market will be focused on RBI policy - a rate cut of 25 bps expected, the Parliament session - watch for action on the GST bill and Bankruptcy Law, the Q4FY16 earnings season - how bad can it get from here and the state election results although the BJP is not a key player in these polls.
The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) and its Academy, and the Motion Picture Association (MPA) Asia Pacific today officially renewed their successful partnership at an event held during the MPA-BFM Film Workshop at the 6th Beijing International Film Festival.
      UK-Made Films Account for 26% of
Global Market, Reports BFI
    Shyam Benegal Committee Submits its
Report on Cinematograph Act/ Rules
to Shri Jaitley


UK-filmed features generated more than $9.4 billion at the global box office in 2015. Bolstered by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, UK-made films took in a record-breaking total of $9.4bn in 2015, according to BFI figures. This amounted to a 26% share of the global market, a 13% increase on 2014's total.

On 1st January 2016 in sync with the overarching vision of the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi and Hon'ble Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting, Shri Arun Jaitley, to lay down a holistic framework for certification of films, a Committee was set up under the Chairmanship of Shri Shyam Benegal to lay down norms for film certification that take note of best practices in various parts of the world and give sufficient and adequate space for artistic and creative expression,  lay down procedures and guidelines for the benefit of the CBFC Board to follow and examine staffing patterns with a view to recommending a framework that would provide efficient and transparent user friendly services. 
  Strong Regulatory Ecosystem Vital for
Safeguarding IPR If M and E Industry Has
to Grow in The International Market
  Asia Pacific Online Video Revenues Predicted
To Hit $35 Billion inFive Years
Driven largely by China, online video revenues across 14 markets in Asia Pacific are projected to rocket from $12.8 billion last year to $35 billion by 2021, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22%, according to a new report.

The subject of intellectual property rights and piracy keep coming up at the FICCI FRAMES year after year and appeals are made by creative artistes for stringent measures to check this.
      U.S., Global Ad Forecasts Cut Slightly,
Digital Poised to Overtake
TV Spending in 2017
    How Disney & Universal Dominated
Most Valuable Movie Blockbusters of
2015 - The Data Behind The Dollars

"Digital continues to grow at the expense of print media as consumers shift their attention to consume content digitally," says ZenithOptimedia. ZenithOptimedia on Monday reduced its forecast for global and U.S. advertising spending for 2016, citing weaker print media trends.


The big story from Deadline's 2015 Most Valuable Blockbuster Tournament is that Star Wars: The Force Awakens won the crown with $923M in net profits (not including merchandising), with kudos to JJ Abrams and Disney.

      FICCI Frames 2016: Revamped System is
Under Way for More Layers of Certification
    India Should Strengthen IP Regime to
Improve Competitiveness
While one of the panelists was very optimistic about the improvement in the certification system, most others felt that there is a strong need for self-regulation
India's intellectual property (IP) regime has witnessed steady progress ever since the country became a signatory to the TRIPS agreement of the World Trade Organization, which entered into force in 1995.
      Viacom18 Launches Its AVOD Platform VOOT;
to Move Its Entire Content Library

Finally setting to rest about when it would launch its OTT platform, Viacom18 launched its digital VOD platform VOOT. VOOT will be an advertising led VOD platform and will be available for free on iOS, Android and web.

    DIPP Nodal Department to Deal
With Copyright Protection, Govt
Sets Up Single-Window on IPR

Issues of copyright have been shifted to the department of Industrial Policy & Promotion of the Commerce and Industry ministry, which will be the nodal department to deal with all issues related to copyright in the country.

  Doordarshan Launches Mobile TV in India,
Needs No Internet
Doordarshan has commenced digital terrestrial television (DTT) services in 16 cities, thereby providing mobile TV to the users. The sixteen cities being covered from 25 February are- Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Guwahati, Patna, Ranchi, Cuttack, Lucknow, Jallandhar, Raipur, Indore, Aurangabad, Bhopal, Bangalore and Ahmadabad.
    Film Policy Draft Ready, Depts'
Comments Invited
With more and more film directors opting to shoot their films in Shimla and other locales in the state, the Department of Information and Public Relations (IPR) has sought the comments of all departments concerned for final formulation of the film policy. Initially, the Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation was entrusted with the task of formulating the film policy. 

    MPAA 2015 Annual Report: Teens Rule In
Banner $11.1B Box Office Year
A surge in teen moviegoing helped to lift total box office spending in North America by 6.7% last year to $11.1 billion, the Motion Picture Association of America said today in its annual Theatrical Market Statistics report. Total admissions at 1.32 billion were up 3.9%. That's the first annual increase since 2012, and the fourth in the last decade. The average outlay for a ticket was up 3.2% to $8.43, even though the Consumer Price Index remained flat.
    Box Office: Here's How Bollywood
Fared in 2016's First Quarter

The first quarter of Bollywood 2016 having ended on a high note, it's time for some stocktaking. Nearly 28 films hit the big screen from January to March of which only one - Akshay Kumar-starrer 'Airlift' - made its way into the Rs 100 crore club.

    Disney's Jungle Book Roars to
Rs 100 Crore in 10 Days

Mowgli and his jungle friends are charting cinema history in India as Disney's The Jungle Book has entered the coveted Rs 100-crore club in only 10 days since its release. The film, which made its way to the Indian screens on April 8, a week ahead of its release in the US, has collected Rs 101.82 crore at the Indian box office.

Film Industry Leaders Map Out Next Phase
for Co-production & International Business
During MPA-BFM Workshop in Beijing
Senior Chinese and international film industry leaders shared their vision for the next phase of the Chinese film industry April 20 at the Motion Picture Association (MPA) – Beijing Film Market (BFM) Film Workshop held during the Beijing International Film Festival.

Lohita Sujith
Director - Corporate Communications
Motion Picture Dist. Association (India)

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