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NFHM to receive first tranche of funds in 2–3 days, says Sunil Arora

MUMBAI: The National Film Heritage Mission (NFHM) project will receive its first tranche of funds in the next two–three days as the government has cleared all hurdles for the project, Information & Broadcasting (I&B) Secretary Sunil Arora said.

Sunil-Arora1“All hurdles have been cleared for the National Film Heritage Mission project and it will receive its first tranche of funds in the next two–three days. The project will be implemented in a time-bound manner, incorporating best practices from the world over,” Arora said while speaking at the valedictory function of the 10-day workshop on film preservation and restoration, organised by the National Film Archive of India (NFAI) in Pune.

NFHM is a mission mode project launched by the government of India with a total outlay of Rs 597.41 crore (Rs 5.97 billion). This mission is to be implemented during 12th and 13th Five-Year Plans. The mission aims at digitisation, restoration and preservation of the rich film heritage of the country.

Arora said that skill upgrade in the film restoration field was crucial to implementing the ambitious NFHM. He also expressed gratitude to the international faculty for sharing their knowledge of film preservation and restoration at the Pune workshop.

“Film preservation and restoration workshop could be organised once in every two years as it is creating skill set and manpower and the ministry would be committed to giving complete support in this regard,” he added.

Noted actor and filmmaker Kamal Hassan, who was the chief guest at the valedictory ceremony, urged the government to set up film archiving facilities in every state to help students of cinema. He also paid tributes to the late PK Nair, former director of NFAI, who passed away recently, recalling his role in building the archival collection.

The 10-day workshop saw lectures, presentations and practical classes, conducted by leading international experts on film preservation and restoration.

NFAI had collaborated with Film Heritage Foundation, International Federation of Film Archives, Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project, George Eastman Film Museum and La’immagine Ritrovata of Italy. Sixty-one film enthusiasts participated in the workshop.