To boost the state’s tourism sector, tourism minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the government has decided to offer subsidy up to 45% of the total cost of production if shooting of a film is done in the Assam.
“If the entire film shooting is done in Assam, the government will provide 25% of the expenditure. Additional 10% rebate will be made available if the story is based in Assam. Also, there is a provision of providing another 10% rebate on qualified production expenditure for shooting more than 50% of the entire film in Assam,” Sarma said while releasing the policy which will be operative from January 2018.
He also said, “Cash grant amounting to 25% of Qualified Production Expenditure (QPE) or Re 1 cr, whichever is less shall be offered, subject to details available. The total number of films to be sponsored shall depend on the budgetary allocation.”
On Thursday the minister released the state’s 2017 tourism policy and said that films will qualify for this subsidy if they are in Hindi, English or any foreign language and the film’s producers should have a minimum experience of having made 5 feature films.
Sarma said the emphasis of the policy is to make the state the northeast’s tourism hub through proper synergy with the Act East Policy as well as creating an atmosphere of tourism preferment in the state.
Promotion of film tourism is one of the thrust areas of the policy. It was also earlier announced single window clearance system for filmmakers and producers for facilitating shooting in the state.