Hyderabad: Film producers need not run from pillar to post to get permissions for film shootings in Telangana anymore. They can submit an online application to the Telangana State Film Development Corporation (TSFDC) and get the permissions in a week. In case, the application is not processed in the given time, permission should be deemed sanctioned.
Animal Husbandry and Cinematography Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav on Saturday unveiled an online system, which is a single-window system to obtain permissions from various departments to conduct film shootings in outdoor locations. Within seven days after submission of the online application, it will be disposed — either permitting or rejecting it. “If the producers do not receive any response from TSFDC, the permission is deemed sanctioned and shooting can commence,” Yadav said. He said Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao suggested the single-window permission system following requests from the Telugu Film Industry.
The Minister also launched a portal, www.tsboxoffice.in, which will be the single platform for all cinema halls and online ticketing websites for sale of movie tickets online. Both cinema theatres and online ticket service providers should register with the government portal, which will ensure transparency in the sale of tickets and tax collections.
“The portal will also monitor ticket-counter or box-office sale of tickets as well. This would improve tax collections to the State government as well as enable the government to serve demands from film industry including flexible ticket pricing (within existing limits) for special shows and on demand additional shows,” he added.
Yadav announced that the government decided to encourage small budget movies by allowing an additional screening for every theatre. Orders to this effect will be released in a couple of days where theatres seeking fifth show must screen small budget movies. Further, the government will soon identify necessary land for construction of an international standard film studio in the State. The Minister said tenders were invited for construction of mini-theatres in RTC bus stands. “A committee headed by Government Advisor KV Ramanachary is preparing guidelines for awarding Telugu film awards. We will finalise the guidelines after the Chief Minister approves it,” he said.
Government Advisor KV Ramanachary, TSFDC chairman Rammohan Rao, TSFDC managing director and Principal Secretary for Cinematography Navin Mittal, and film producers Dil Raju and Gemini Kiran were present.