Doordarshan opens doors to Indian Panorama and festival films

By NewsDesk • Published on April 6, 2013


        If your feature film has been screened at any major international film festival including IFFI, Goa from year 2000 onwards, a new window opens for recovery. Doordarshan(DD), the public broadcaster of India, will screen such films along with National Award winners in a newly created program “Best of Indian Cinema” and offer a fee of up to Rs. 25 Lakh.

Speaking to DearCinema.com, Tripurari Sharan, Director General of Doordarshan said that “DD already had the mandate to screen National Award winning films, however, very few producers offered telecast rights to Doordarshan. By including Indian Panorama and major festival films and raising screening fee, we expect to attract more producers to submit their films for telecast.”

Indian films selected for Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto, Locarno, London, Karlovy Vary, Nantes, Rotterdam, Fribourg, Munich, Busan, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Rome and Sydney film festivals are eligible for telecast.

In order to attract producers DD has also increased telecast fee. While a television premiere on DD will get Rs. 25 Lakh, regular screening fee has now been set at Rs. 15 Lakh, a threefold increase from the earlier 5 Lakh.

Producers of eligible films from year 2000 onward can apply for the telecast.

All films need to be subtitled in English and have to be certified “U” or “U/A” by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to be eligible for telecast.

Doordarshan will soon constitute a selection committee headed by an eminent filmmaker for the series.

In the next couple of weeks, Doordarshan will formulate the details about the series and decide upon a timeslot. “Best of Indian Cinema” is expected to go on-air in June, 2013.

A group of Independent filmmakers led by Onir had started “Save Indie Cinema” petition.  The group of filmmakers had demanded for mandatory telecast of all national award winning films on Doordarshan.

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11 Responses to “Doordarshan opens doors to Indian Panorama and festival films”

  1. Bijaya Jena says:

    Hong Kong is not a A list festival but Montreal is.

  2. Srinivasan Sundaram says:

    Thanks D.D.We look forward to afew best award winning films.

  3. Sanjay Dattani says:


  4. Thank you this is the new opportunity for film students like us. :)

  5. Thanks to Prasar Bharati and Door Darshan for introducing the screening of national award winner films, both feature and non-feature, for the benefit very large number of viewers all over the country.
    I had put up this suggestion in detail about 6 months ago to the CEO, Prasar Bharati, to start a new channel called Natiional Movies, (similar to World Movies, Lumiere etc which show the international movies from many countries in various languages), and show classic movies in our regional languages, from various states (with English subtitles). There are a huge number of good movies available in each language, e.g. Marathi, Bangla, Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi, Asamese etc.

    Though I have not heard anything from them, I m happy that the suggestion has been accepted for implementation.
    Even if a new channel cannot be started immediately for reasons of funds etc, the screenings can be started on channels like DD Bharati, Loksabha TV, Rajyasabha TV etc say, with at least 2 screenings per day. It will be useful to include the films on environment issues, educational films, short flms, short stories etc.
    Happy viewing!

  6. Kim Negi says:

    gr8 news for the movie lovers…..best wishes.

  7. Robin Das says:

    what about FIAPF-Accredited Festivals? Let me know as I am a candidate to apply.

  8. Juba Pratim Gogoi says:

    A very positive move. Moral boost for the regional Indian film makers.

  9. A good step taken by Doordarshan.

  10. Anonymous says:

    hi makarand -thanks and congratulations for your suggestions my both film 1. travel non fiction docufeature-"A journey to pradise'…2.shrishti-chakra" best film on global warming and enviornment should get chance- both films are screened across interntional film festivls.champak banerjee http://www.chmpakfilms.com

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