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First phase of National Film Heritage Mission gets underway at NFAI
I&B Secretary reaffirms Government’s commitment towards preservation of country’s filmic heritage.

 


Mumbai | Pune : January 28, 2017


 
The mission to preserve the rich film heritage of India got a traction today, with the Information & Broadcasting Secretary, Shri Ajay Mittal launching the ‘Film Condition Assessment Project’ at the National Film Archive of India, Pune. Film Condition Assessment is the first phase of implementation of the Rs 600 crore National Film Heritage Mission being undertaken by the Government.  Under the Film Condition Assessment project, the condition of about 1.32 lakh film reels at NFAI would be assessed and necessary measures would be taken to prolong their life. Each film reel will be tracked and monitored through RFID tagging.
 
Shri Ajay Mittal said “Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is committed to safeguarding the country’s filmic and non-filmic heritage and is taking all necessary steps to preserve films and non-filmic material for posterity as per global standards”  
 
Elaborating further, he said, “National Film Heritage Mission is a one-of-its-kind project in the world, wherein the Government is spending huge amount of money towards the aspect of film preservation, in order to make rich filmic heritage available for the future generations to come.”
 
On the sidelines of the occasion, Shri Mittal also launched NFAI’s initiative of digitization of non-filmic material. He said, “this is a step in the direction of Government’s Digital India initiative, wherein non-filmic heritage of the country would be digitized, restored and made available to the people at large”. NFAI has been the custodian of a large number of film ancillary material like posters, photos, song booklets, pamphlets, press clippings, slides / transparencies, glass negatives etc, which would be digitized and restored during the process.
 
About National Film Heritage Mission
NFHM is the prestigious mission of Government of India, for preservation, conservation, digitization and restoration of rich cinematic heritage of the country. National Film Archive of India (NFAI) is the nodal organization for the implementation of this project.  NFAI has roped in experts and film historians from various regions of the country to recommend films across timeline to be taken up for restoration.
 
NFAI Director Prakash Magdum said “it is not going to be an easy task to digitise and restore more than 1,100 feature films and 1,600 short films across Indian languages over the next five years”.  He expressed happiness at the response that NFAI has got for the project from film makers across the country including the mainstream Hindi film industry based in Mumbai. “Utilizing social media platforms have helped us reach out to larger audience” he said.
 
North East Film Festival
To coincide with  the launch of the Film Condition Assessment project, NFAI in collaboration with the Directorate of Film Festivals has organized a 3 day North East Film Festival at the NFAI auditorium. Bhaskar Hazarika’s award winning Assamese film ‘Kothanodi’ was screened as the inaugural film, after a colourful presentation of North East art and culture.
 
14 films including last year’s National Award winning filmsand Indian Panorama films such as Loktak Lairembee (Manipuri), Onaatah (Khasi) and Sabin Alun (Karbi) will be screened during the festival. Utpal Borpujari’s “Memories of a Forgotten War” and Films Division of India’s “1962 : Tezpur” are also scheduled for screening.
 
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