Broadcasters may designate at least half an hour slot for value based content

Panaji, December 1, 2010 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS) President of Indian Documentary Producers’ Association (IDPA), Mike Pandey gave a call to the broadcasters to provide slots on their channels to carry value based content.

Speaking to the media at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here on Monday, he said that talks are being held with the Information & Broadcasting Ministry to make it mandatory for broadcasters to designate at least half an hour slot for value based content.

He said, “Education is a major challenge for the country and without our people getting educated the hope of becoming a superpower will remain a dream. Documentary Producers and broadcasters –with a reach of about 800 million – can come together to help in this task.”

Lamenting on the quality of some of the documentary films produced, Pandey said that 13 National Awards (out of 33 awards in the documentary/short film category) could not be given this year as the documentaries/short films were not up to the mark. He asked the documentary film makers to come out with engaging and quality cinema.

Talking about IDPA’s plans for the future, Pandey said that IDPA is planning to buy one hour slot on all the television channels to provide pre-school education to motivate and inspire children to learn and to bring new thinking among them. He said that the trust’s objective is to educate and inform the people about critical issues including environment.

Pandey, who himself had made several award winning films on environment which won him 3 Green Oscars, said that Government, Corporate Houses and Media should come forward to support the cause.

Sanskar Desai, the General Secretary of IDPA informed the media about the various steps taken by the trust- such as setting regional coordinators, instituting fellowships etc -to provide an opportunity to young documentary makers to support, mentor and help them in exhibiting their work.

To encourage excellence in filmmaking, the IDPA gives away Awards of Excellence in around 35-38 categories every year. He said that they also conduct local festivals across the country to promote local documentary makers.

To promote the documentary movement, IDPA has been collaborating with various festivals such as the Mumbai International Film Festival, Festival of documentary and animation films organized by the Films Division, and the Short Film Center at IFFI every year.

The IDPA (Indian Documentary Producers’ Association) is one of the oldest film associations having recently celebrated its 50th year.

It has been guided since its birth in 1956 by a galaxy of member filmmakers and producers from Satyajit Ray, Paul Zils, Shyam Benegal, Saeed Akhtar Mirza, Manmohan Shetty and others, many of whom started their careers with short films.

Members of the IDPA have won several National Awards including those given by international agencies, including the United Nations.

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