|Industry film industry|
Founded 1975, Mumbai
|Predecessor Film Finance Corporation|
Area served Nehru Centre, Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai – 400 018, India
Key people Nina Lath Gupta IRS (managing director)
Owners Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India
Films produced Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, The Lunchbox, Manjhi: The Mountain, Gandhi, The Fourth Direction
The National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC) based in Mumbai is the central agency established in 1975, to encourage high quality Indian cinema. It functions in areas of film financing, production and distribution and under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. The primary goal of the NFDC is to plan, promote and organise an integrated and efficient development of the Indian Film Industry and foster excellence in cinema.
It was established in 1975. Over the years, NFDC has provided a wide range of services essential to the growth of Indian cinema especially Indian parallel cinema in the 1970s and 80s. The NFDC (and its predecessor the Film Finance Corporation) has so far funded or produced over 300 films. These films, in various Indian languages, have been widely acclaimed and have won many national and international awards. A recent example is the third ever Kashmiri feature film, Bub ('father' in English), which was directed by Jyoti Sarup.
In 1982, the National Film Development Corporation of India chaired by D. V. S. Raju was also one of the production companies for Gandhi, which won eight Academy Awards
Film journalist and former editor of Filmfare, B. K. Karanjia remained the chairman of the NFDC for several years, he had been instrumental in the establishment of its predecessor, Film Finance Corporartion. Director Ramesh Sippy took over the position of chairman of NFDC in 2012. He replaced actor Om Puri who was appointed in 2008.
Cinemas of India
In 2013, NFDC started its label, "Cinemas of India", specifically to promote and distribute the parallel cinema film produced by it, since the 1960s. This also includes the separate "Cinemas of India" website, many of the movies which have long been out of circulation are now restored, and available as free online streaming and also as DVDs. Notable films in the series, include Mirch Masala (1987), Ek Din Achanak (1989), Train to Pakistan (1998), Mammo (1994), Uski Roti (1969), Kamla Ki Maut (1989) and 27 Down (1974).
In capacity as the producer of various films, NFDC has received various awards.