Film Condition Assessment Project launched under National Film Heritage Mission
Pune, January 28, 2016
Information & Broadcasting Secretary Ajay Mittal launched the Film Condition Assessment Project, which is the first phase of implementation of the National Film Heritage Mission (NFHM) at the National Film Archive of India (NFAI) here today.
“Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is committed to safeguarding the country’s filmic and non-filmic heritage and is taking all necessary steps to preserve films and non-filmic material for posterity as per global standards,” he said.
Mr. Mittal said the Film Condition Assessment was a one-of-its-kind project in the world for film preservation so that the rich filmic heritage would become available for future generations.
"The condition of about 1,32,000 film reels at NFAI would be assessed and necessary measures would be taken to prolong their life. Each film reel will be tracked and monitored through RFID tagging, during the first phase," he said.
Mr. Mittal also launched NFAI’s initiative of digitization of non-filmic material.
"This is a step in the direction of Government’s Digital India initiative, wherein non-filmic heritage of the country would be digitized, restored and made available to the people at large," he said.
NFAI has been the custodian of a large number of film ancillary material like posters, photos, song booklets, pamphlets, press clippings, slides / transparencies, glass negatives, and so on, which would be digitized and restored during the process.
NFHM is a prestigious mission of Government of India for preservation, conservation, digitization and restoration of the rich cinematic heritage of the country. NFAI is the nodal organization for the implementation of this project. The Government has allotted Rs. 597.41 crore allotted towards implementation of the project.