Foreign filmmakers plan to shoot in Goa


“Not many are aware of the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) single window concept for obtaining the no objection certificate (NOC) for film shooting in Goa,” said the German consultant of Indian origin
By Michael Fisher | NT NETWORK 
Suddenly, Goa has become a hot destination for foreign film production units. Apart from well-publicized Hindi productions, more than eight foreign producers are seeking information and permission to shoot in Goa, their consultant, Ms Beaula Knauf, said. 
“Not many are aware of the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) single window concept for obtaining the no objection certificate (NOC) for film shooting in Goa,” said the German consultant of Indian origin.
Elsewhere in India, in the past, many foreign film makers have had harrowing times. They get lost in local departmental loops, inducement of underhand money and eventually some projects never see the light of day. The plethora of authorities’ harassment includes police, customs, local administration, religious boards, railways, and the archaeological survey among others, Ms Knauf said.
While India is planning a film commission to act as a single window for the myriad clearances, the ESG single window has become a success story in a short span of less than a year. The NOC issuing division of ESG has cleared roughly 135 films of which two are foreign. There are others in different stages of approvals. It is a fact that red tape scare is the cause of lesser foreign film projects coming to India.
“Ours is the cleanest and sincerest system,” said ESG general manager Mr Shripad Naik. “Our system will solve many questions in the minds of foreign film makers who are thinking to start work in Goa,” he told ‘The Navhind Times’. 
So far ESG has collected ` 18.22 lakhs as revenue from film shooting, Mr Naik said. Depending on the dynamics of the film project the shooting fees are charged. It starts with `10,000 per day out of which 30 per cent is given to the village panchayat, if the film shooting takes place in the village.
Goa’s scenic beauty, warm, and open-minded people, intermingling of cultures, has the right ingredients for a hub for the next generation filmmakers, and hopes that not only Goa but also the common people of Goa would benefit from these producrtions, said Ms Knauf. 
If a national Film Commission is introduced with a single window for global film makers looking to step into Indian waters, there would surely be a rush of film makers from UK, France, Italy, Sweden, Japan, Finland, Portugal, and Russia.
Film director producer Ms Ajita Suchitra Veera is collaborating with Ms Knauf on an international production which would be a poetic cinematic rendition on the life of Goa’s fisherman on the Goan coastline and his intense love for a woman in the fishing community. It will be shot in all the exquisite natural locations in Goa under an envisaged budget of ` 5 crores. Ms Knauf said the cast will be new and experienced actors from Mumbai and Goa, with Goan locals.
Ms Veera, known for her creative wonders recently won the best director award for her latest film “Ballad of Rustom” 2012 at the 12th Osian Cinefan New Delhi. It premiered at the 61st International Film Festival Mannheim Heidelberg-Germany in November 2012 and will be presented in the Top Angle section of International Film Festival Kerala soon.
Ms Knauf is collaborating with UK-based producer Ms Anna Holburn whose short flick called Amok will be shot in Goa, probably next year. The estimated cost to be 2 million Euro. Film,set in the Goa’s jungles in 1960, is about a woman’s desire and desperation and a Portuguese doctor’s madness. Ms Holburn is talking with prospective financial partners.