With the Information & Broadcasting Ministry urging the Ministry of Home Affairs to create a separate category of visas for international film-makers, India’s government has agreed to offer ‘Film Visas’ to producers to shoot films and TV shows in the country.
Prospective international film-makers will need to send their proposal and scripts for clearance to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, either directly or through an Indian mission abroad. The Ministry will scrutinize the proposal within 60 days and give its clearance to the Indian missions abroad, states BusinessLine.
The Information & Broadcasting Ministry will also recommend to the customs authorities to waive customs duty on the temporary import of equipment required by the international film production crew. The Film Facilitation Office will set up a portal for online applications soon.