LONDON — The fragmented system of shooting permits is hampering international productions seeking to shoot in India, according to a report.
The report, by the LA India Film Council titled ‘Made in India: Attracting and incentivizing film productions,’ recommends the creation of film commissions in different Indian states to take care of the required clearances.
The LA India Film Council had been calling for the formation of a national film commission for several years. And India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, last year promised the introduction of a ‘single window clearance’ system.
The report, which was released during the recently concluded Confederation of Indian Industry Big Picture Summit in New Delhi, also says film tourism should be promoted.
“Film tourism is a powerful tool to promote tourism destinations and locations in a country,” said Fox Star Studios India CEO Vijay Singh. “India needs to adopt a globally recognized standard to introduce production benefits to boost film production across various locations. Production incentives, timely permits, availability of local talent, production resources and infrastructure are key ingredients to attract foreign and local productions to shoot in a country. This will ensure retention of local productions within the country and help position India as an international filming destination globally.”
Meanwhile, international productions that shoot in India continue the standard practice of hiring local line producers, who then secure permits by in turn hiring fixers with connections to the government departments and ministries.