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Haryana to Make its Own Film Policy &
it Will Be Coming Soon


The minister of state for information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore has said the new category of visa to foreign film makers is a step towards easing issues related to their entry into the country.

Haryana is all set to announce a film policy very soon. Uttar Pradesh recently the National Award for the Most Film-Friendly State. After the UP won the title, it seems like other ...
      Thailand Earns More Than 900 Million From Foreign Film Production in Q1 This Year     Netherlands Film Fund Backs 21 Projects
in Latest Funding Round

The Department of Tourism disclosed that Thailand earned over 900 million baht in revenue from international film productions in the Kingdom during the first quarter of 2017, thanks to new incentives offered ...

The Netherlands Film Production Incentive scheme has backed 21 film projects to the tune of €6.1m in its latest funding round, including 15 feature films, five ...
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      Spotlight: Hollywood Welcomes More
Film Co-Productions With China
    Cabinet Approves Agreement on Audio Visual
Co-Production Between India, Bangladesh
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved the agreement on audio visual co-production between India and Bangladesh.
MPAA Applauds New York State Extension of Film-TV Tax Credits  
"Film co-productions can help foster greater cultural exchange and understanding between two different countries, such as China and the United States," Hollywoord film director Julia Pierrepont III said at her ...

As you might imagine, the MPAA is happy today after New York state lawmakers including Gov. Andrew Cuomo agreed over the weekend to include in their $153 billion ...
      Investing Cash in Films - Is Crowdsourced
Fundraising a Safe Bet or a Risk?
    Film Directors Fear Telefilm to be Merged
With Canada Media Fund
The labyrinthine complexities of film financing can be hard enough to grasp for those inside the industry, let alone those without experience of movie production or degrees in creative accountancy and entertainment law.

An A-list of Canadian film directors has come out in vociferous support of the funding agency Telefilm Canada because they believe the federal government is targeting it for ...
      Film Commission Announces Increased
Budget for Malta Film Fund
    'Lost City of Z' Producer Woos China for
$200 Million Film Fund
"The Lost City of Z" co-producer Dale Johnson is back in China to raise money for a $200 million fund to finance independent Hollywood films just after some of the biggest ...
Australia Announces 14-Film, $302 Million
Co-Production Slate With China
For the first time since its inception, the Film Fund will increase to € 300,000, a statement released today read. New and established filmmakers can apply for development support which includes a Writers' Grant ...

A Li Bingbing action film is at the head of a 14-film slate worth AU$400 million (US$302 million) announced last week in Beijing, a significant expansion of production under ...

India's Wasted Tourism Potential

      The World Economic Forum's (WEF's) travel and tourism competitiveness index, released last week, showed that India had moved up 12 places and now ranks 40th among 136 nations globally. The report also noted that this was the largest leap made by any country in the top 50, thereby making India, with its rich and diverse cultural heritage and natural beauty, a prime candidate ...

Star Wars 'Fantastic Coup' for Irish Tourism' as Films Generate Over €4m for Local Economy

      The filming of two Star Wars films in Ireland has resulted in over €4 million being generated for the local economy, with Tourism Ireland saying it "will continue to maximise the Star Wars connection with Ireland". Filming of Star Wars: The Force Awakens helped Skellig have its most successful tourist season in 2016 while there was further filming for the next film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, in ...

Visiting Filmmakers' New Visa Category Will Boost Industry & Tourism, Says Uday Shankar

      The initiative to introduce a new category of visa for film makers to shoot films in India "will bring in multiple benefits as our young artists and technicians will get opportunities to be part of international projects and M&E verticals like studios and animation will get much needed exposure", FICCI Media and Entertainment Committee Chairman Uday Shankar has said.

Bollywood in Kashmir, but Tourists Missing

      Tourism in Kashmir is set to witness a dull season third time in a row since the cataclysmic 2014 floods. Travel agents in the valley confirmed to this newspaper that bookings for April and May are dismal, and despite a Bollywood crew shooting in the picturesque Tulip Garden, tourist footfall has not improved after being affected by last year's summer unrest following the ...

Tourism Through Cinema

      Cinematheque Passion, an art house and film archive, was inaugurated in Macao recently. Cinematheque Passion is at Travessa da Paixão No 13, adjacent to the world heritage-listed icon, Ruins of St Paul's. The three-storied building will host film screenings, have video storage, film journals and book reading services.Cinematheque looks to promote film ...

Navjot Sidhu Pens Down Cultural Policy for Punjab, Focus on Youth, Film Tourism

      The Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister, Punjab, Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu here today at Punjab Bhawan presided over a brain storming meeting with the prominent personalities of art, literary and cultural sectors so as to connect youth with rich heritage of Punjab, preserving Punjabi culture and giving boost to the tourism sector in the state.

'Kong: Skull Island' Director Plans Short Film to Promote Vietnam

      The country's tourism ambassador also hopes to bring more Hollywood directors to this side of the Pacific. Vietnam's tourism officials said "Kong: Skull Island" director Jordan Vogt-Roberts will make a short film to promote the country and encourage his Hollywood colleagues to make movies here. The 32-year-old director, who was named Vietnam's tourism ...

WOW! Tom Cruise's Mission Impossible 6 to be Shot in India

      A good news seems to be coming for all the Tom Cruise and Mission Impossible fans out there. Reportedly, a few portions of the movie will be shot in an Indian location. Earlier, the MI fans were excited when they got to know that an Indian actor is a part of the film. It was in Mission Impossible: The Ghost Protocol that the Bollywood star Anil Kapoor got to perform a role in the film.

Popular TV Series Lure Tourists to Filming Locations Around the World

      The TV series industry has been challenging the film sector for some time now. People prefer to watch 40-minute TV series rather than watching a movie for an hour and a half straight. The emergence of Netflix, Hulu and other online streaming also increased interest in series featuring high-profile Hollywood actors. Inspired by the series, tourists who want to visit the places ...
      Making Sense of the Dollar's Effect on Global
Box Office in 2016
    MPAA Chief Chris Dodd: Fortunes of China,
U.S. Film Markets are "Inextricably Linked"

Yesterday, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) released the 2016 Theatrical Market Statistics Report. In this annual report, the global box office showed continued strength in 2016, rising one percent ...

At the Beijing Film Festival, the former senator subtly made the case for more market access for American movies in China, while predicting that the Chinese box office will rebound to double ...
    How Hollywood Plans to Beat Netflix (NFLX)   MPA & APSA Announce Launch of
2017 Film Fund
In an age of immediacy, where entertainment options are vast and easily accessible, having to wait several months to watch the most recent blockbuster film in the comfort of your home is just silly.

On April 20, the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) and its Academy, and the Motion Picture Association (MPA) Asia Pacific officially renewed their successful partnership at an event held ...
    Deloitte Study Shows Digital Transformation
of TV Viewership
  Viacom18 Chief: Indian Media Sector Can
Create 10 mn Jobs Over Next Decade
American television viewers are not rationing what they watch. "Binge-watching," multitasking and prolific use of social media now prevail, especially among the young, according to the newly released results of the 11th ...

Making a strong case for the Indian media and entertainment (M&E) sector as a major employment generator in the country and which can blunt job automation up to an extent, ...
    Single Screens Gasp for Survival in
Film-Obsessed India
  Brand Safety on YouTube:
GroupM Partners OpenSlate
Single screens were once the ultimate film hubs: Hand-painted posters, serpentine ticket queues, affordable samosas and popcorn, and silver and golden jubilee celebrations. All this has become a rarity now ...

GroupM, the media investment management unit of WPP, announced it is partnering with OpenSlate to enhance brand safety on YouTube media buys. OpenSlate is a social video ...
    Kerala Set to do a First in India,
Set Up a Centralised Movie
E-ticketing Mechanism
  As Video Consumption Shoots up,
Why is Amazon Prime Focusing
on Paid Subscriptions

Kerala is likely to become the first state in the country to introduce a centrally-controlled, server-based e-ticketing mechansim for film theatres, a senior official of the state-run Information Kerala Mission (IKM) said. IKM has ...

It's the prefix of the season - super. Add it to any word you can think of. And Nitesh Kripalani, country head of Amazon Prime Video, applies it with the felicity of any youthful startup chief ...
    Govt's Digital Channel to Tell 'India Story',
Rs 75 cr Investment Planned
  Amazon India Inks Licensing Deal
With Paramount
The Modi government is reportedly planning to launch a digital platform which will report on international news to a global digital audience with an India perspective. It will "challenge the anti-India narrative" and present ...

Amazon has signed a licensing deal with Paramount for the Indian version of its Prime Video streaming service. Recent titles under the deal include "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ...
    Hooq Changes Strategy to Take on Netflix,
Amazon Prime, Continues Focus on
Telco Partnerships
  Short-Seller Target Eros Sees Bollywood
Streaming Unit Doubling
Premium video-on-demand service Hooq is readying to take on the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hotstar directly as it changes its strategy that has seen it as primarily a B-2-B player to one that also targets ...

Eros International Plc, the US-listed Bollywood filmmaker targeted by short sellers, expects paying customers for its Netflix-like streaming service to double in a year. Partnerships with ...
    Ekta Kapoor Makes Entry into Digital Space
With New App ALTBalaji
  Hotstar Becomes First 'Made in India' Platform
to Reach 100-m Downloads in Two Yrs
Ekta Kapoor, who has been a trendsetter in the Indian television space, is now out to offer disruptive home-grown content in the digital space via her new app ALTBalaji. She launched a slate of five shows on ...

Hotstar is the first 'Made in India platform' to cross 100 million downloads on Google Play Store, and it has raced to this milestone in two years. Over the last two years, Hotstar has ...
    Anil Ambani Group Relaunches Bigflix to Take
on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video
  Warner Bros. Chief Digital Officer:
VR and AR Have Huge Potential
Slower-than-expected sales of virtual reality headsets haven't discouraged Warner Bros. Chief Digital Officer Thomas Gewecke. During a fireside chat at the VRTL Summit in Los ...
Facebook CEO Vows to Make Cameras
the "First Augmented Reality Platform"

The Anil Ambani Group has relaunched Bigflix, the homegrown competitor to Netflix, with an expanded focus covering regional language content as well as an eye on audiences outside India. The service will have ...

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told developers today that he plans to make the camera "the first augmented reality platform." At the company's F8 conference, he described efforts to ...

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

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