The Film Society movement in India was known since 1947, the legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray founded the first Indian film society at Kolkata in 1947. Thereafter, lots of film societies were established in other part of India. Some of the leading film societies in India are Calcutta Film Society (Kolkata), Chennai Film Society (Chennai), Metro Film Society (Kochi), Habitat Film Club (Delhi), Suchitra Film Society (Bangalore) and Madurai Film Society (Madurai, TN).
The Film Societies are great Platform to watch and review the great films. Unlike the large film halls, the film societies, are usually set-upped in small congested rooms. but you won’t be regret for that, because, you will get an opportunity to watch more rare films. In case, there is no film society around you and you are seriously thinking about the starting a film society, then this article will guide you to set up your own film society.
Step By Step Process- Explanation of Film Society/club Registration in India
First Step- Registration
For getting the approval from the federal body, at first register your film society under the Registrar of Societies Act as a charitable trust organization (Section- Charitable Trusts Act). The maximum expense that needed for this registration is around 1500 INR -2500 INR. You can walk-in to your nearest district registrar office for knowing the further registration details.
Second Step – Federation of Film Society India
Federation of Film Society, India (FFSI) is the authorized governing council of film societies in India. After completion of the registration, apply to the FFSI for the approval. Their approval process will take around 1-2 weeks. FFSI is having its offices in Trivandrum, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Delhi.
Now, arrange an affordable video projector and start your own film society. Also, a warning – never exhibit any kind of non-licensed films: According to the Indian Cinematography act, Public Exhibiting of films with out a proper permission is not permissible. You can collect some licensed films from NFAI Pune, Doordarshan and Film Division Of India.
Federation of Film Society Headquarter address
FFSI is: C-7 Bharat Bhaban, 3 Chittaranjan Avenue, Kolkata 700072, India.
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