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National Film Archive to add new film preservation and conservation facilities: Prakash Javadekar


The information and broadcasting minister visited the Indian national archive in Pune yesterday, 30 June.

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During a visit to the National Film Archive of India (NFAI) yesterday (30 June) in Pune, Maharashtra, Prakash Javadekar, the information and broadcasting minister as well as minister of environment, forest and climate change spoke about the government's commitment to preserve and conserve the country's cinematic heritage through the National Film Heritage Mission (NFHM). He met up with various film federation personalities and took up their requests.

The minister gave an update of the mission's progress, saying that the “film condition assessment work of nearly 1.32 lakh film reels has been completed and the preventive conservation work is underway. The work on digitization of film reels will commence soon".

He added that the government would be "setting up new preservation facilities (vaults) at three acres of land. Also, NFAI will have a dedicated children film club, benefiting children of different age groups". Furthermore, the restored Jaykar bungalow would have a new digital library and have personal viewing space for film researchers.

The future goals of the mission include the conservation of around 150,000 film reels, digitizing around 3,500 films, and restoring the picture and sound of around 2,000 landmark Indian films. There are also plans to construct preservation and conservation facilities (vaults), set up workshops for cinema subjects and create a comprehensive web-based End-to-End IT solution.