Films Division to tap mobile, TV to promote documentaries


Goa: Films Division is exploring new vistas to popularise documentary films in India. A policy is being worked out to market the films made by the Division for the larger audience.

New mediums like mobile phones, television and festivals are being considered. Films Division chief producer Kuldeep Sinha made the announcement in Goa on the sidelines of IFFI.

Keeping in mind the disinclination of the theatre owners to show Films Division documentaries, the Division has expanded the ambit of its partners including NGOs, social activists and government departments. In the recent past, the Films Division organized 300 such documentary festivals, giving a fillip to the cinema culture in remote places including Jammu & Kashmir and the North Eastern States, informed Sinha.

Sinha also announced a proposal to open a Museum of Moving Images on the lines of similar museums in New York and London. The museum will be a homage to the evolution of the medium of films and will contain old clips, photographs, props and animation films. "The museum will be a place of pilgrimage for the documentary aficionados," Sinha said.

The Films Division has also opened an International Digital Archives for Short Films with a cache of 10,000 films. The Division aims to procure films nationally and internationally for the archives. The research and reference center at the Division is working to help the scholars in their research in the field.

Sinha also informed that the Division is making two-minute social advertising films for screening in theatres and is also planning 52-minute short films for television.