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WIPO DIPLOMATIC CONFERENCE

ON AN INTERNATIONAL INSTRUMENT/TREATY ON LIMITATIONS AND EXCEPTIONS FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PERSONS/PERSONS WITH PRINT DISABILITIES

Opening Statement by Mr. Supran SEN, Secretary General of the Film Federation of India
and Member of the FIAPF Executive Committee, on behalf of the
International Federation of Film Producers Associations [FIAPF].

 

Mr. President, I would like to thank you on behalf of the International Federation of Film Producers' Associations, FIAPF, for the opportunity to make our views known and to offer our wholehearted support to all Member States as you begin the process of finalising this important text. FIAPF extends its warmest congratulations to you for your election as well as to your vice-chairs and all those serving in similar capacities in the other committees of this Conference. Finally, we would like to express our gratitude to the Government of Morocco for hosting this Diplomatic Conference and for its proactive engagement with the important issue under consideration here.

Mr. President, FIAPF has faith in this process; we believe that - with good will, common sense and a commitment to a balanced outcome - the proposed INTERNATIONAL INSTRUMENT/TREATY ON LIMITATIONS AND EXCEPTIONS FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PERSONS and PERSONS WITH PRINT DISABILITIES, can be negotiated to a successful conclusion FIAPF's reasons for taking an interest in this Treaty are two-fold: first of all, because social, educational and cultural equity for those with visual and print impairments should always concern us all as citizens committed to social and cultural inclusion' secondly because we believe any new addition to the edifice of International copyright norms needs to be consistent with the existent corpus of Instruments and Treaties. In this latter regard, FIAPF has some concerns which we would briefly like to share with you:

1) First: The aims of social and educational inclusion that underlie this important instrument will best be served through enabling active cooperation between publishers and relevant civil society organisations. Working from this first principle will ensure the greatest benefits for visually impaired persons without undermining publishing as a creative industry whose assets need to be protected;

2) Second: We urge Member States to make a full commitment to the three step test as the indispensable balancing legal principle in relation to the exceptions which will be introduced in this instrument, the first to introduce, in particular, a new exception for the cross-border circulation of special format digital files. Over time, the three step test has proven its flexibility and its fitness for purpose in the digital age. It is essential not only that the test be explicitly laid out in the body of this Treaty but that the so-called "Berne/TRIPS/WCT gap" be addressed in a satisfactory manner, so that all signatories will be legally bound to applv it to the exceptions as specifically defined in this Instrument;

3) Third: We urge Member States to maintain the focus on the core objectives of this instrument as it pertains to the needs of people with visual and print impairments. For the Treaty to work to its intended purpose, it is important not to try and resolve issues that are extraneous to its core objective or to import legal constructs that pertain to specific national legal traditions. FIAPF believes in particular that importing the Fair Use or Fair Dealing doctrines into this instrument would only add a layer of complexity and ambiguity, instead of fostering the legal security that is so important to this being a well-functioning norm which can truly help enhance the welfare of disabled people, 4) Fourth: dispositions concerning technological protection measures as they relate to the exceptions in this Treaty should not be of a lesser standard than that which is to be found in the existing copyright treaties and conventions, including the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances, which was successfully negotiated in June last year;

Mr. President, I wish to thank you and the representatives of all Member States for your attention. We look forward to supporting a constructive discussion towards the successful conclusion of an effective and balanced international Treaty, consistent with the existing body of International copyright law and which will truly make a difference to the social and cultural lives of millions of people. Thank you.


 
FFI/024/2019
April 24, 2019
 

For Favour of Publication

 

The 3rd Executive Meeting of Film Federation of India (FFI) was held in Kolkata on April 20, 2019.The meeting was attended by the delegates representing all the regions of the country viz North, East, West and South.

At the meeting, members took up the issue of Multiplex Chains vis-a-vis the complaint lodged by Mr. Ronnie Screwvala with the Competition Commission of India. 

While appreciating the bold steps taken by Mr. Screwvala against the highhandedness of the multiplex chains, members present expressed serious concern over the dictatorial attitude of the Multiplex Chains and their monopolistic/restrictive trade practices. There was a universal feeling amongst all present that if these practices were not prevented and regulated, they would cause irreparable damage to the entire business of cinema in the country.  

After threadbare discussions the Committee unanimously resolved to extend the Federation's full support to Mr. Ronnie Scewvala in this matter.


Issued by Film Federation of India

Firdausul Hasan
President


PRESS RELEASE
February 12, 2019

 

Film Federation of India moots a formula for a reinforced PPP with GoI towards boosting footfalls in cinema houses, creating more jobs, realising the industry’s true potential as a contributor to the national economy and expanding its footprint and strengthening its presence in India and across the world.

The newly elected Executive Committee of Film Federation of India (FFI) met in Delhi today to take up some urgent burning issues that have been plaguing the Indian Film Industry for quite some time now, such as, greater industry representation in Government bodies, more screens, restoring and rejuvenating single screens, localised Animal Welfare Board offices, boosting film tourism and more…all on FFI radar; but first and foremost, reclassifying the Indian Film Industry!

Reclassifying the Indian Film Industry

Do you know that in the Government annals, the Indian Film Industry is seen as a Sin Industry, in line with beedi, tobacco, alcohol among others. This archaic classification has made the industry a ready and easy target for taxation. In the new GST regime, Luxury goods and Sin goods are taxed at highest rate of 28%.

It is only recently the Government has relaxed its stand and decided to lend a helping hand to the Industry in the form of a) partially relaxed GST on tickets b) intent to create a Single Window Clearance for the industry and c) willingness to working jointly with the industry to curb piracy.

“FFI has always been a pro-active organisation and worked together with the Government of the times since its inception,” says President Firdausul Hasan, “and is more than willing to constructively help support and complement the Indian government in its efforts to strengthen Indian cinema”.

Piracy
One of the primary reasons for piracy is lack of easy access to the latest films. India certified nearly 2000 films in 2017-18, bare 600-700 films made their way to cinema halls and those that did had restricted access due to lack of shows and unrestricted ticket prices in states like Maharashtra.

India needs 30,000 screens has less than 10,000.

Save the Single Screens.

Make conversion to multiplexes easier.


We need to immediately arrest the closure of Single Screen theatres and making norms easier for converting urban single screens to multi-screen hubs. We need tax holidays and rebates together with reduced custom duties and the like to enhancing footfalls with affordable ticket pricing.

Indo-Bangla Film Awards.

Indian movies are extremely popular in all our neighbouring countries. But in most of these countries there is no proper-lateral agreement in place for import, distribution and exhibition of Indian films, hence pirated copies find their way to these markets. For example, in Bangladesh our movies are very popular yet they are not screened in theatres. We have to begin a process to change this,” Mr Hasan said. As a part of this effort to address this an Indo-Bangla awards ceremony is being planned in October this year where actors, directors and producers from both the countries will be honoured for their contribution and a favourable atmosphere created for Indian movies.

Global Cinema Festival.

Strangely enough, good cinema is not easily available in India, too. Consequently, FFI plans to organise an international film festival in a city other than the big metros to promote movies and the region for tourism and investment from film fraternity for shooting purpose.

Animal Welfare Board.

Another issue is that of the Animal Welfare Board. While FFI understands the importance of the Board, its operation out of Haryana makes the process of seeking compliance entangled and lengthy considering that nearly 2000 films go for certification every year. Hence, FFI proposes that at least two members of the film fraternity be incorporated in the Board so that they can explain the process of using animals and also take into cognizance the care and difficulties. It further proposes that like the censor boards in each region, an Animal Welfare Board be opened along with it so that it can be gathered at one go along with CBFC certificates.

For details contact:

Carpe Diem
Dolon Dasbhaumik Basu: 9874272071
New Delhi, February 12, 2019


GST reduced for Cinema Tickets
Cheaper Tickets for Cinegoers
FFI thanks Government of India

 

“By reducing GST on cinema tickets, the Government has heeded the pleas of the beleaguered Indian Film Industry and provided the much-needed shot-in-the-arm to bring back footfalls into cinema houses” says Sakshi Mehra, President, Film Federation of India (FFI).

The tax comes down from 28% to 18% for tickets over Rs. 100 and further from 18% to 12% for tickets up to Rs. 100.

“Eventually, everything depends on this“last mile advantage” to generate fresh and enhanced ticket sales,” adds Mehra. “This will allow all stakeholders in this value chain to reap sustainable benefits of GST as envisioned by the Government. On behalf of the India Film Industry, we at FFI thank the Government for its visionary step.”

Rising audiences will once again encourage investors to put in their money in Cinema houses, retarding and halting their closure and increasing their numbers to those envisioned by the honourable Prime Minister and the people of India will once again have wholesome affordable entertainment as they had earlier. The once robust industry can truly become a major contributor to the national economy.

Issued by Film Federation of India

Mahendra M. Jadhav
Office Executive


Shri Firdausul Hasan elected Film Federation of India (FFI) Chief -

 

At an Executive Committee Meeting of Film Federation of India, held in Mumbai on December’ 21st immediately after the 65th Annual General Meeting, Shri Firdausul Hasan a leading film Producer from Kolkata, was elected the President of Film Federation of India.

FFI, the Pan India body, has in its fold all leading film chambers/associations from all parts of the country. It holds a coveted position in FIAPF, which is the apex trade body of film producers in the world. FFI is the sole authority to select one film every year for the Oscar Award in ``Best Foreign Language Category”.

Other Office Bearers elected are as under :

Vice Presidents:

Shri T. P. Aggarwal (Western Region )
Shri C. Kalyan (Southern Region )
Shri Nitin Datar (Western Region )
Shri K. C. N. Chandrashekar (Southern Region )
Shri K. Nandakumar (Southern Region )
Shri N. Ramasamy (Southern Region)
Shri L. Suresh (Southern Region )
Shri G. D. Mehta (Northern Region )
Shri M. Ramdas (Southern Region )
Shri Ramesh Tekwani (Western Region)

Hon. General Secretaries

Shri Ravi Kottarakara (Southern Region )
Shri Hirachand Dand (Western Region )

Hon. Treasurer

Shri Sangram Shirke (Western Region )

They will assume the office on January 1, 2019.

Shri Supran Sen is the Secretary General.

Issued by Film Federation of India


Mahendra M. Jadhav
Office Executive


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Shri Sakshi Mehra unanimously elected Film Federation of India (FFI) Chief -

 

At an Executive Committee Meeting of Film Federation of India, held in Mumbai on December’ 20th immediately after the 64rd Annual General Meeting, Shri Sakshi Mehra (Delhi) was unanimously elected the President of Film Federation of India. Other Office Bearers elected are as under:

Vice Presidents:

Shri T. P. Aggarwal ( From Western Region )
Shri Nitin Datar ( From Western Region )
Shri Firdausul Hasan ( From Eastern Region )
Shri C. Kalyan ( From Southern Region )
Shri K. C. N. Chandrashekar ( From Southern Region )
Shri B. Shashikumar  ( From Southern Region )
Shri S. Thanu ( From Southern Region )
Shri K. L. Damodar Prasad ( From Southern Region )
Shri N. Ramasamy ( From Southern Region )

Hon. General Secretaries

Shri Ravi Kottarakara ( From Southern Region )
Shri Hirachand Dand ( From Western Region )

Hon. Treasurer

Shri Sangram Shirke ( From Western Region )

They will assume the office on January 1, 2018.

Shri Supran Sen is the Secretary General.

Issued by Film Federation of India

Mahendra M. Jadhav
Office Executive


 

FFI/096/2017

September 26, 2017

 
NEWTON FOR OSCAR
 
Film Federation of India (FFI) selected Hindi Film "Newton" for the consideration of OSCAR AWARD 2018 in the category "Best Foreign Language Award."
FFI, is the sole authority to select one film from India for the consideration of above said award. The selection committeeset up by FFI selected "Newton" among the following films entered for selection.
1) Ventilator
2) Dear Zindagi
3) Jolly LLB2
4) Toilet Ek Prem Katha
5) Oli Ki Suki
6) Sachin, A Billion Dreams
7) Mukti Bhawan
8) Kahaani 2
9) Lipstick Under My Burkha
10) Dangal
11) Newton
12) Poorna
13) Trapped
14) Gautamiputra Satkarni
15) Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum
16) Bisorjon
17) Tharamani
18) Bahubali 2
19) Shuddhi
20) Kasav
21) Kachcha Limbu
22) Angamaly Diaries
23) Rama Rama Re
24) Nadi Vahate
25) Sound of Silence
26) Maacher Jhol
 
Supran Sen
Secretary General
Film Federation of India
 

Shri C. Kalyan unanimously elected Film Federation of India (FFI) Chief -

 

At an Executive Committee Meeting of Film Federation of India, held in Mumbai on December’ 22nd immediately after the 63rd Annual General Meeting, Shri C. Kalyan was unanimously elected the President of Film Federation of India. Other Office Bearers elected are as under:

Vice Presidents:

Shri T. P. Aggarwal ( From Western Region )
Shri T. A. Arulpathy ( From Southern Region )
Shri Kodali Venkateswara Rao ( From Southern Region )
Shri B. Shashikumar  ( From Southern Region )
Shri K. C. N. Chandrashekar ( From Southern Region )
Shri S. Thanu ( From Southern Region )
Shri Bijay Khemka ( From Eastern Region )
Shri Rajendar Singh ( From Northern Region )
Shri Nitin Datar ( From Western Region )

Hon. General Secretaries

Shri Ravi Kottarakara ( From Southern Region )
Shri Hirachand Dand ( From Western Region )

Hon. Treasurer

Shri Sangram Shirke ( From Western Region )

They will assume the office on January 1, 2017.

Shri Supran Sen is the Secretary General.

Issued by Film Federation of India

Mahendra M. Jadhav
Office Executive

 

Film Federation of India sends Tamil film ‘Visaranai’ to the Oscars
 
An eminent 13 member jury, constituted by Film Federation of India comprising of an eclectic mix of film professionals from various crafts and languages under the astute Chairmanship of eminent filmmaker Ketan Mehta selected the Tamil film Visaranai to represent India at the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Film Category.
 
The Chairman made the announcement at a media conference in the presence of FFI President Mr.T. P. Aggarwal and Vice President Mr. C. Kalyan.
 

The jury saw a wide range of films (29 in all) that had entered from various Indian languages before deliberating long and hard to reach a decision by consensus.

Issued by:
 
Film Federation of India
Anindya Dasgupta
Deputy Secretary
ani16031972@gmail.com
+91-9819820020
 

Shri T.P. Aggarwal unanimously elected as President of Film Federation of India.
 
At the first meeting of the FFI Executive Committee held immediately after the 62nd Annual General Meeting, Shri T. P. Aggarwal representing IMPPA (Indian Motion Picture & Producers Association), was unanimously elected as the President.
 
Other Office Bearers elected are -
 
Vice Presidents:
Shri J. P. Chowksey (Central)
Shri Bobby Bedi (West)
Shri N. Datar (West)
Shri C. Kalyan (South)
Shri T. Siva (South)
Shri Thomas D’Souza (South)
Shri Kaimal Nanda Kumar (South)
Shri Murali Mohan Rao (South)
Shri Krishna Daga (East)
Shri G. D. Mehta (North)
 
Hon. General Secretary
Shri Ravi Kottarakara (South)
Shri Hirachand Dand (West)
 
Hon. Treasurer

Shri Sangram Shirke (West)

 
Shri Supran Sen continues as our Secretary General

The office bearers will assume office from 1st January 2016.

 
For Film Federation of India
Anindya Dasgupta
Deputy Secretary
 
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