Raipur: The state’s first film policy has been released by the state government on Thursday. Under this, the government has announced a subsidy for the development of film and TV industry. It has been decided that the government will give 33 per cent subsidy on Chhattisgarhi films made in the state and a subsidy of 25 per cent to films of other languages made in Chhattisgarh.
As per the new policy, the government will also assist in opening any type of cinema hall, single screen and multi-screen. Besides, preparations are also being made to develop a film city in Nava Raipur.
Culture minister Amarjeet Bhagat said that in this policy there is also a provision to encourage films that have won national and international awards. The people associated with the cinema industry in Chhattisgarh will be greatly benefited by the formation of a film policy. Chhattisgarhi art-culture and tourism will get a new identity in the country and the world.
He elaborated that if an expenditure of Rs 5 crores has been spent on a Chhattisgarhi film made in Chhattisgarh, then the government will give an assistance of Rs 1.65 crore. If similar other language or foreign films are shot here, they will be entitled to 25 per cent subsidy. Subsidy up to Rs 50 lakh will be available on TV serial production. At the same time, if more than 75 per cent of the shooting of a film made for the web platform is done in Chhattisgarh, then the government will help provide an assistance of Rs 1 crore. An assistance of Rs 25 lakh will also be given to the artists and technicians of the state in film production.
Under the new policy, those opening single screen cinema halls in the state will get assistance of up to Rs 15 lakh. The assistance amount for multiplexes will be up to Rs 50 lakh. The government will also give up to Rs 10 lakh for repair and renovation of any closed cinema hall.
The film policy also lays emphasis on the technical side of cinema production. To help the local film industry, the government has also extended a helping hand in procuring film production equipment. It has been stated in the policy that the government will give 15 per cent subsidy on the purchase of film production equipment.
The government has announced huge incentive grants to Chhattisgarhi films that have received national and international awards. Culture Minister Amarjeet Bhagat said that Chhattisgarhi film, director, actor-actress, who won an international award like Oscar, will get an incentive grant of Rs 5 crore. Besides, Rs 1 crore will be given to the awardees in the prime categories of the National Film Awards organized by the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The government has announced the first award for 2021 to Manoj Verma's film "Bhulan the Maze".
There is also a proposal to develop a state of the art film city on 150 to 200 acres of land in Nava Raipur. The location will be decided soon by the government. Facilities for shooting from studio to mixing-dubbing and editing will also be provided here.
Culture minister Amarjeet Bhagat told that this film policy of Chhattisgarh has been made after studying the film policy of five states including Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Jharkhand. It has been claimed that the film policy of Chhattisgarh provides better assistance than these five.