Ministry of Tourism in association with Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is organising a Symposium on Film Tourism in Mumbai at Taj Lands End, Mumbai tomorrow, 8th November, 2021, from 4.30 P.M. onwards. The symposium aims to further the Government’s goal of promoting film tourism and establishing domestic destinations as preferred filming destinations. This will in turn contribute to the overall economic development of the respective destinations through income generation, investment and job creation. Union Secretaries of Tourism and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting are participating in the Symposium.
Given the impact of cinema on behavioural changes in audiences, it has in recent years emerged as a powerful tool for the development and promotion of destinations. Several destinations where popular domestic and international cinemas have been shot have gained in terms of tourist influx.
Recognizing this potential of films in promoting tourism, the symposium seeks to reach out to the tourism industry in terms of the opportunities available in the states for conducting film shootings. It would contribute to sensitisation and awareness generation on the incentives and procedures for filming in states, for the benefit of the film fraternity and decision makers, especially producers across the country.
States including Maharashtra, Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu will make brief presentations on the film tourism opportunities they offer. Producer associations will provide inputs on the factors that will encourage filmmakers to shoot in various locations in the country. This will be followed by an interactive session among states, industry associations and the Union Secretaries of Tourism and I&B.
Producer Trade Associations and Film Chambers of Commerce from across the country will be taking part in the symposium. The participating organizations include Film Federation of India (FFI), Indian Film & TV Producers Council (IFTPC), Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA), Producers Guild of India (PGI), Motion Pictures Association, India, Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), Indian Film & Television Directors Association (IFTDA), Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Chitrapat Mahamandal (ABMCM), Western India Film Producers Association (WIFPA), Film Makers Combine, Asian Society of Film and Television (AAFT), MX Player, Amazon Prime, Voot, The South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce, The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce, The Kerala Film Chamber of Commerce, Producers’ Council, Assam, Filmmakers Association of Nagaland (FAN), Bengal Film and Television Chamber of Commerce (BFTCC), Sikkim Film Cooperative Society and Film and Television Producers Guild of South India, among others.
Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Shri Arvind Singh; Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Shri Apurva Chandra; Additional Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Ms. Rupinder Brar; and Head, Film Facilitation Office, National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC), Shri Vikramjit Roy will address the gathering.