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Chandigarh to have regional CBFC facilitation office

Announcement made at film festival in Panchkula

Chandigarh to have regional CBFC facilitation office

Union Minister Anurag Singh Thakur honours an artiste during the Chitra Bharati Film Festival in Panchkula. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal



Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 25

Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Anurag Singh Thakur today announced the setting up of a regional facilitation office of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) in Chandigarh, with an objective to promote ease of doing business for filmmakers of the region.

Making this announcement at the closing ceremony of the Chitra Bharati Film Festival in Panchkula today, Thakur said, “Filmmakers of the region can get the facility of screening their films and submission of cuts/modifications without having to go to either Delhi or Mumbai to get the CBFC Certificate for their films.”

He said, this move would further strengthen the Punjabi film industry.

“I have faith that films that are made in the Punjab region have good potential. Therefore, the government has decided to set up a CBFC facilitation office in Chandigarh so that the process of getting certification becomes easier and the process of film completion becomes faster,” said Thakur.

The minister also spoke about the initiative being taken by the government to make film halls more accessible for specially-abled film fans. He said, “The government has already invited comments from stakeholders to firm up a new guideline in this regard so that people with hearing and visual impairment get an opportunity to enjoy a film, like everyone else.”

Speaking on the menace of piracy, Thakur said, “We have recently made very meaningful changes in the Cinematograph Act to prevent film piracy. Today, special nodal officers are being appointed at all CBFC centres to curb piracy. Twelve nodal officers across the country will receive complaints against piracy and give instructions to remove pirated content on digital platforms. Action will be taken within 48 hours of receiving the complaint. Piracy is a big threat not only to the film industry, but to the entire world.”

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