Panaji: Armed with a budget of Rs30 crore for the next five years in the 11th Plan the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) has embarked on a mission of script development and is focussing on production of atleast five films a year.
“NFDC has recently launched ‘Man Beyond the Bridge´, a Konkani film directed by Laxmikant Shetgaonkar, ‘Bubble gum´, a Hindi film directed by Sanjeevan Lal and ‘Parichay´, a Rajasthani film by Seema Kapoor,” said Nina Lath Gupta, Managing Director of NFDC at the launch of the four-day Film Bazaar, on the sidelines of the 39th IFFI.
She said that the number of films to be produced will depend on the quality of scripts adding: “We cannot afford to comprise on that aspect.”
‘White Elephant´ is ready for a 2009 release while ‘Lucky Red Seeds´ in Malyalam is under production. ‘Bioscope´ was premiered at the Osians film festival in Delhi.
Gupta agreed that distribution of NFDC films was a challenge.
“The challenge is more when off beat films are concerned,” she added.
Gupta said that she had no magic solution and NFDC was working on distribution strategies.
“We can’t apply the same parameters to all films,” she said.
To a question on the response to last year’s ‘Film Bazaar´, Gupta said that the market has been useful in business terms and that no deals are done on the spot and takes time to materialise.
“But we have got a positive feedback that by and large the film bazaar held in NFDC for the first time last year has been beneficial to the filmmakers,” she added.