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IDPA signs 5-year contract with DD National to showcase documentaries

MUMBAI: The Independent Documentary Producers’ Association (IDPA) has signed a five-year contract with DD National to showcase documentary films from across the country.

IDPA president and legendary documentary film-maker Mike Pandey disclosed this at a press conference along with IDPA general secretary Priti Chandriani at the 45th IFFI in Goa.

Pandey said that the MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) has been signed with DD National. The documentary makers will be paid substantially, which will help them to recover their costs to a great extent.

Pandey also revealed that there were plans to create a welfare trust for Independent producers. IDPA plans to hold festivals in universities across India. IDPA centres are to be created in states for regular screening of documentary films, he added.

IDPA proposes to approach the government to set up a TV channel for value-based educational films. It can partner with the government and various other agencies to set this up.

“Such a channel will help to achieve better programmes like Swachhta Abhiyan, women and children’s health, and environment conservation by showcasing these issues with the help of documentaries,” he added.

Pandey urged the organisers of IFFI to give an opportunity to documentary film-makers to showcase their films at the IFFI. A documentary lounge should be created to enable buyers and other film makers to view the films, discuss and negotiate. Documentary film makers should also be honoured and given awards at the IFFI.

Remarking on co-production agreements with foreign film makers, Pandey said that several bottlenecks exist like difficulties in getting clearances and double taxation.