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Guidelines for import of films

GUIDELINES FOR IMPORT OF FILMS

Export and Import policy for April, 1997

March, 2002 - policy for import of Cinematograph Films and video Films

In exercise of the powers conferred under Paragraph 4.11 of the Export and Import Policy, 1997 - 2002 and in supersession of public notice No. 38/(PN)/92-97 dated the 12th August, 1992 and as amended from time to time Director General of Foreign Trade hereby notifies the policy for the import of cinematograph films and video films effective from 1.4.1997, as under:-

(i) Import of cinematograph feature films and video films may be made without a licence by National Film Archive of India, Film and Television Institute of India, National centre of Films for children & Young People and Satyajit ray Film & Television Institute.

(ii) Import of cinematograph feature films and video films may be made without a licence by other importers also, provided the importer has obtained from the Administrative officer Central Board of Film Certification or any other officer designated for the purpose by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting a certification to the effect that the film has :

(a) won an award in any of the International Film Festivals notified by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India; or

(b) participated in any of the official sections of the notified International Film Festivals; or

(c) received good reviews in prestigious film journals notified by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. The list of International Film Festivals and prestigious film journals presently notified by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India are given in the Annexure. The list may be modified by that Ministry from time to time.

(iii) The importer of the film shall comply with the provisions of all applicable Indian laws governing the distribution and exhibition of films, including the requirement of obtaining a certificate of public exhibition prescribed under the Cinematograph Act, 1952.

(iv) Import of any unauthorised/pirated films shall be prohibited.

(v) Import of foreign reprints of Indian films shall not be permitted without the prior permission in writing from the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India.

(vi) The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, on being satisfied that it is necessary and expedient in public interest to do so, may waive or relax the above requirements.

(vii) These provisions shall remain valid upto 31st March, 2002, unless otherwise amended.

This issues in public interest.

Sd:
(S. B. MOHAPATRA)

DIRECTOR GENERAL OF FOREIGN TRADE

Copy to all concerned;
By order etc.
(S. P. SHARMA)

DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL OF FOREIGN TRADE

( Issued from File No.IPC/4/5/(246)/90-93)

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Public Notice No. 107/3/88-F(1) dated 21 January, 1988

In pursuance of sub-clauses (a) 7 (b) of Clause 4 of the policy for import of feature films and video rights of feature films and their distribution and pricing announced vide Public Notice No.105/3/86-F (1) dated 21.1.1988. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, hereby notify following International Film Festivals for the purpose of said sub-clauses:

  • International Film Festival of India
  • Filmotsav, India
  • Berlin International Film Festival, Federal Republic of Germany
  • Internal Film Festival of Antwerp, Belgium
  • San Francisco Film Festival, USA
  • Hong Kong International Film Festival, Hong Kong
  • Festival International Du Film, Cannes, France
  • Melbourne Film Festival, Australia
  • Sydney film Festival, Australia
  • Le Rochelle Film Festival, France
  • Moscow International Film Festival, USSR
  • International Film Festival of Locarno, Switzerland
  • La Biennale Di Venezia - Mostra Internazionals Del Cinema, Venice. Italy
  • Torronto Film Festival, Canada
  • Mannheim Film Festival, Federal Republic of Germany
  • Tokyo International Film Festival, Japan
  • World Film Festival, Montreal, Canada
  • London Film Festival, United Kingdom
  • International Festival of Film, TV and Video of Rio-De Jeneiro, Brazil
  • Hawaii Film Festival, Hawaii
  • Nantes Film Festival, France
  • Chicago Film Festival, U.S.A
  • Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada
  • Cairo Film Festival, Egypt
  • Telluride Film Festival U.S.A.
  • Rotterdam Film Festival, Holland
  • San Sebastian International Film Festival, Spain

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Public Notice No.107/3/88-F (1) dated 30 December, 1988.

IN pursuance of sub-clauses (a) & (b) of Clause 4 of the Policy for import of feature films and video rights of feature films and their distribution and pricing announced vide Public Notice No.105/3/86-F (1)

dated 21.01.88., the following International Film Festivals for the purpose of the said sub-clauses :

  • Karlovy Very International Film Festivals, Czechoslovakia
  • Festival International Du Cinema/Bruxelles (Brussels), Belgium
  • Belgrade International Film Festival, Yugoslavia
  • Miami Film Festival, USA
  • Viennale Festival, Vienna, Austria
  • Filmseat Munchen, Munich, Federal Republic of Germany
  • Cark Film Festival, Ireland
  • Festival Cinematograph International Di Taormina, Italy
  • New York Film Festival, USA
  • Washington Film Festival, USA
  • Havana International Film Festival, Cuba
  • Singapore International Film Festival
  • Tashkent International Film Festival, USSR

TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE OF INDIA EXTRAORDINARY

(PART-1, SECTION-1)

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMERCE

PUBLIC NOTICE NO.2 (RE-99)/1997-2002
NEW DELHI : 31st MARCH, 1999

Subject Import of Cinematograph Feature Films and Video Films

In exercise of powers conferred under paragraph 4.11 of the Export and Import Policy, 1997-2002, as notified in the Gazette of India extraordinary, Part-II-Section 3 - Sub-section (ii) video S. O. No.283 (E) dated 31.3.1997, the Director General of Foreign Trade hereby notifies that the world "video films" as and where they occur in Public Notice No.4 (PN)/97-02 dated the 31st March 1997 as amended by Public Notice No.8 (PN)/97-02 dated the 6th May, 1997 and subsequently amended by the Public Notice No.43 (PN)/97-02 dated the 3rd October, 1997, shall be substituted by the words "Other (including film on Video tape, Compact Video disc, Laser Video disc or Digital Video discs)"
This issues in public interest

(N. L. LAKHANPAL)

DIRECTOR GENERAL OF FOREIGN TRADE

Copy to all concerned,
By order etc.

(N.P.S.Monga)
Jt. Director General of Foreign Trade

(F.No.01/93/180/1630/AM-99/PC-IA)

TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE OF INDIA EXTRAORDINARY

(PART-1, SECTION-1)

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMERCE

PUBLIC NOTICE NO.8 (PN)/97-02
NEW DELHI : DATED THE 6TH MAY, 1997

Subject : Export and Import Policy for April, 1997 - March, 2002 - Policy for import of Cinematograph Films and Video Films.

Attention is invited to Annexure III of the Ministry of Commerce Public Notice No.4 (PN)/97-02 dated the 31st March, 1997 which contains the list of the prestigious film journals notified from time to time, by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. In exercise of the powers conferred under Paragraph 4.11 of the Export and Import Policy, 1997 - 2002, Director General of Foreign Trade hereby notifies that the Annexure III of the Public Notice No.4 (PN)/97-02 dated the 31st March, 1997 may be substituted by the following:-

Annexure