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Issue-based documentaries need platform: Mike

Posted on Nov 27, 06:30PM | IBNS

As per the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Indian Documentary Producers Association (IDPA) and Doordarshan, DD will provide half an hour prime slot on Sundays for the next five years for telecasting documentaries and short films.

The telecasting of documentaries on Doordarshan will begin from January 2013, said Mike Pandey, President, IDPA.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, he said that there is a need for platform to screen issue-based and meaningful documentaries.

"Television has the greatest reach in India where a large section of our population is still without education. Hence telecasting of documentaries on various issues such as education, health, environment etc on Doordarshan will help in reaching out to them," he said.

He said that IDPA wants to collaborate with National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC) as knowledge partner to support independent documentary filmmakers and added that IDPA aims to build a pool of effective filmmakers.

"Documentaries brought about legislative changes 5 times in the country and it has also influenced decision making on global issues which shows the importance of documentaries in the present scenario," he said.

General Secretary Sanskar Desai and executive member Lygia Mathew were also present at the press conference.

IDPA is one of the oldest associations of producers of documentaries, animation films, advertisement films and TV programmes.

IDPA works in the interest of documentary and short film makers by providing a forum for like-minded professionals.