Two of the Divisionís English films - Uma, on Kathak dancer
Uma Sharma directed by Buddhadeb Dasgupta and The Eye of Fish,
the Kalaris of Kerala directed by Priya Krishnaswamy - were entered
in the Indian Panorama section of the ongoing International Film
Festival of India (IFFI). The festival ends tomorrow.
According to an official release, the division is churning out
80-90 short films and documentaries every year, which are also available
as CDs. The division produced over 8,000 films on topics like art,
culture, environment, burning issues and harmony,
The release quotes Film Division's director Sanjay Pattanaik as
saying, "We are currently engaged in exploring aggressive markets,
strategies to tap global audience apart from market tie-ups and
establishing financial viability. In this direction, we are tying
up with Doordarshan and Discovery Channel for better marketing of
its films and revenues."
Films Division claims to have digitalised over 3,000 films. The
division, the release states, is also waiting eagerly for its Mumbai
Film Festival of India scheduled to take place at Mumbai from 3
to 9 February, 2004.
The festival will screen well-known international films from a
number of countries. The event is held once every two years. In
2002, 40 countries had participated in the event.
Films Division is a media unit under the I&B ministry engaged
in producing documentaries, short films and animation since 1948.