Film Policies and Initiatives

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Government of India

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, through the mass communication media consisting of radio, television, films, press and print publications, advertising and traditional modes of communication such as dance and drama, plays an effective role in helping people to have access to free flow of information. It is the apex body for formulation and administration of rules, regulations and laws for the same. It also caters to the dissemination of knowledge and entertainment to all sections of the society, striking a careful balance between public interest and commercial needs, in its delivery of services. It is responsible for international cooperation in the field of mass media, films and broadcasting and interacts with its foreign counterparts on behalf of Government of India.

The Mandate of the Ministry Include:

  • News Services through All India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan (DD) for the people including Indians abroad
  • Development of Broadcasting and Television
  • Import and Export of films
  • Development and promotion of film industry
  • Organization of film festivals and cultural exchanges
  • Advertising and Visual Publicity on behalf of the Government of India
  • Administration of the Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867 in respect of newspapers
  • Administration of the Cinematograph Act, 1952 in respect of certification of films
  • Dissemination of information about India within and outside the country through publications on matters of national importance
  • Research, reference and training to assist the media units of the Ministry to meet their responsibilities
  • International cooperation in the field of information & mass media

The execution of film mandate of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting is carried out through the following bodies

  • Films Division
  • Central Board of Film Certification
  • National Film Archives of India
  • Directorate of Film Festivals
  • IFFI Secretariat
  • Film and Television Institute of India, Pune
  • Children's Film Society of India
  • Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata
  • National Film Development Corporation

Film Policies and Initiatives

Single Window for Film Shooting in India - Film Facilitation Unit
The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting is in the process of setting up of a Film Facilitation Unit.

Audio Visual Co-Production Agreements
It is now possible for filmmakers of different countries to come together and make films under bilateral co-production agreements.

New Cinematograph Act
The Government is set to amend the Cinematograph Act 2052, to enable it meet the present day challenges and make the entire certification process transparent and speedy.

Taking piracy out of Indian cinema
The Indian government has been taking a lot of initiatives to do away with piracy.

National Museum of Indian Cinema
The museum will be a ready-reckoner of the history of Indian cinema during the past 100 years.

National Film Heritage Mission
National Film Heritage Mission's aim is to restore and archive films for preservation and dissemination of Indian film cultural heritage.

National Centre for Excellence in Animation, Gaming and Visual Effects
The National Centre for Excellence will establish and implement benchmarks in teaching and training standards of the sector and provide a leadership vision to the whole industry.

India Pavilion

Find programme details and activities at the India Pavilion.

B2B Meetings

Click here for B2B meetings at the India Pavilion.

IFFI Goa 2016

Meet International Film Festival of India (IFFI) representatives at the India Pavilion.


Click here to download co-production agreements between India and other countries.

FILM SECTOR intiative

Film policies of the Ministry of Information & Bradcasting .