In a step that will make film shooting in Telangana a smooth affair, cinematography minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav on Saturday inaugurated an online facility for producers to apply for permission to shoot at different locations across the state. Permissions will be accorded in seven days and if there is no response from the officials within that stipulated time, it is deemed granted.The minister also inaugurated an online ticketing gatewayportal. Said to be a first in the country , the gateway connects any number of ticketing portals. Filmgoers will be able to view the exact number of seats available and book them in any theatre.
Conceived by the Telangana State Film Development Corporation (TSFDC), this online ticketing gateway aims to end monopoly with regards to details about seats availabi lity, sale and collections. The corporation got in touch with 400 theatreowners and leaseholders and explained to them the features of the system.The portal boxoffice.in will also facilitate the government to calculate the exact amount of GST as the online ticketing system will provide accurate data on sale of tickets.
Since flexible ticket pricing will soon be provided, the system will show when the prices of tickets were increased or decreased within the upper limit.
A fifth show will also be allowed to be screened by theat res after a GO was issued."This will be done in a few days," Srinivas Yadav said.
The minister said that the process to identify land for developing an international film institute will be taken up after Diwali. He said tenders have already been called for starting mini-theatres at RTC bus stands. TSFDC chairman Rammohan Rao said that the state government is taking many initiatives to develop the film industry.
TSFDC managing director Naveen Mittal said the online gateway had many features that producers, distributions and exhibitors could use.
State government advisor K V Ramanachary said when the film institute takes shape, many people will be able to get trained. A committee headed by him has already met once to draft the guidelines for film awards. The guidelines will soon be shown to chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for approval.