Gujarat, which was given the national award for ‘Most Film Friendly State’ last year, participated in the Film Bazaar for the first time in 2012 and set up a film office in 2015 to promote Gujarat as a filming destination.
The 10th edition of Film Bazaar organised by the National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC) has roped in Gujarat Tourism as a state partner to promote the state as a film friendly destination. Gujarat has been following an aggressive tourism policy approach in the area of developing and promoting tourism.
Talking about the association, a Gujarat Tourism spokesperson said, “Picturesque locations, friendly people, efficient administration and robust infrastructure make Gujarat the most encouraging state for a film and its promotion. It was in the year 2012 that Gujarat started its association with the Film Bazaar. Each year, we aim for a better and healthy partnership for better exposure with the national and international film fraternity.”
Film Bazaar facilitated Gujarat in setting up meetings with some of the prominent Bollywood filmmakers like Rajkumar Hirani, Anurag Kashyap, Kabir Khan, Anurag Basu, Vikas Bahl, Rohan Sippy and Karan Malhotra.
“Gujarat is one of the few states in India which actually have a single window clearance for permissions to shoot,” said filmmaker Shoojit Sircar, while sharing his experience of shooting ‘Piku’ in the state, at one of the sessions of NFDC’s Film Bazaar 2015.
Film Bazaar is held every year at the Marriott Resort, Goa, India, between November 20 and 24. Over the last 10 years, Film Bazaar has become a must-visit event for filmmakers to present their stories to the international film fraternity. Each year more than 200 films from across South Asia are pitched to various sales agents, buyers, film festival programmers and financiers from all over the world.