Prev | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | Next

The Film Federation of India (FFI), the apex body of the film industry, has decided not to participate in activities of the International Film Festival of India in Goa in November to protest its being by-passed and not being called to any meeting of the Steering and other Committees.

In fact, it was informed about the Film Coordination Committee meeting as late as August-end by which time some major discussions that are normally taken at this meeting had already been taken by the Directorate of Film Festivals and IFFI Secretariat.

The Federation in its Annual General Meeting late last week in Mumbai where members from all over India were present unanimously decided that FFI will not participate in any of the activities of IFFI.

FFI has always been an essential component of the Steering Committee and its members actively involved in various other committees and sub-committees such as Theatre, Technical, Hospitality and others. But this has not happened in recent years and 'FFI can only assume that either the committees have been discontinued or FFI has been kept out of them.'

According to FFI President Vinod Lamba, 'it is now learnt that DFF has already taken all major decisions without calling for any joint meeting, or holding any discussions with the FFI; or even informing FFI.'

In fact, in 2011, the time honoured tradition of the Vote of Thanks being delivered by the FFI President at the IFFI opening had been done away with at the level of the DFF 'with no proper and timely information being conveyed formally to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry or FFI.'

The statement added: 'While this callous misadventure may appear to have been nipped in the bud and status quo restored, the deliberate mishandling of affairs at the  Inauguration event itself conveyed a greater affront to the persona and position of the FFI President, prompting the Minister (Mrs Ambika Soni) herself to rush on stage to take corrective action.'

The IFFI by its very tenets is a festival held jointly by the Government and the Indian Film Industry, and the Film Federation of India being the apex body of the industry 'has been playing their part with total sincerity and efficiency.'

However, the same cannot be said of the Directorate of Film Festivals which has been persistently neglecting and slighting the FFI, in all matters that were once decided jointly.

FFI said that despite an assurance of remedial action, it seems that the insensitiveness seems to have gathered strength; instead of involving the FFI and through it the industry from the early stages, it seems that the DFF/IFFI Secretariat is bent on sidelining the industry in the major decision making processes, reaching out to it only in times of dire need of correcting embarrassing foul ups. At the same time, he stressed that the FFI has never shied from providing assistance.

WIPO Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances signed.
The Diplomatic Conference to finalize a new treaty for audiovisual performers was successfully concluded on June 26, 2012 as negotiators from WIPO’s member states signed the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual performances – so-named in recognition of the city that hosted the final round of negotiations. The new treaty brings audiovisual performances into the fold of the international copyright framework in a comprehensive way, for the first time.

The Diplomatic Conference was attended by 156 member states, 6 intergovernmental organizations and 45 non-governmental organizations. This is the highest level of participation ever at a WIPO Diplomatic Conference. 122 countries signed the Final Act of the treaty, and 48 countries have signed the treaty itself.

The treaty will enter into force once it has been ratified by 30 eligible parties, including countries or certain intergovernmental organizations.   

International Federation of Film Producers Association (FIAPF) was among the 45 Non-governmental organizations. Its delegation included Mr. T. P. Aggarwal, First Vice President, Mr. Supran Sen, Executive Committee member and Mr. Bobby Bedi, special invitee.

T. P. Aggarwal, Supran Sen in FIAPF team to WIPO Conference in Beijing

The Diplomatic conference on the proposed World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Audiovisual Performances Treaty will be held in Beijing (China) from June 20th to 26th. The treaty comprises 20 Articles. Nineteen of these were provisionally agreed in 2000 at a previous Diplomatic Conference. However, the WIPO member states could not agree on Article 12 dealing with the issue of performers rights. The proposed treaty which may be finalized in Beijing is known as the WIPO Audiovisual Performances Treaty (WAVPT) but is after referred to simply as AVPT.

The International Federation of Film Producers Association (FIAPF) which serves the interest of producer globally is sending its team though, its being the Diplomatic Conference, basically Government nominees of various member countries, includingIndia will play main role.

Mr. T. P. Aggarwal and Mr. Supran Sen the First Vice President and Member of the E. C. of FIAPF respectively will participate in the Conference along with FIAPF President Mr. Luis Alberto Scalella and Mr. Benoit Andre Ginisty the Director General. Mr. Bobby Bedi may also join the delegation.

For Film Federation of India

Mahendra M. Jadhav
Senior Executive

Prev | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | Next
  International Film Festival List
  Competitive Feature Film Festivals
Competitive Specialised Feature Film Festivals
Non-Competitive Feature Film Festival
Documentary And Short Film Festival
  Oscar Award Entries
  Eligibility & Submission detail
  Key Information
  Dadasaheb Phalke Award Winners
Entertainment Tax
Copyright Amendment Bill 2010
Documents to be Submitted
20th Standing Committee on copyright
Single Screen Statewise 2010
FIAPF Executive Committee
National Film Awards winners 2011
List of Indian Submissions for The Academy Award
National Film Awards winners 2012
  Film Censor During The Year
  Indian Feature Film 2005
Indian Feature Film 2006
Indian Feature Film 2007
Indian Feature Film 2008
Indian Feature Film 2009
Indian Feature Film 2010
Indian Feature Film 2011
Indian Feature Film 2012
Indian Feature Film 2013
Indian Feature Film 2014
           @2009. All Rights Reserved. Site Designed & Maintained by General Data Pvt. Ltd.