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  • Film industry Gets Together for Drought Relief

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    The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce is donating Rs 25 lakhs as drought relief to the Chief Minister's relief fund. On Saturday films artists will be meeting to discuss ways to raise funds for drought relief. Earlier this week actor Yash started supplying drinking water to two villages in north Karnataka through his Yashomarga charitable trust.


    Sources said the producer of Puneeth's Chakravyuha Lohith has raised the ticket price by Rs 10 for Sunday's shows.  The excess collection amount will be given to the CM relief fund. According to the calculation it may collect Rs 50 lakhs extra. Apart from this the producer of the movie Lohith is donating Rs 3 lakhs personally to the CM relief fund


  • Film Industry To Felicitate Siddaramaiah 

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    The Kannada film industry led by the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce will felicitate Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for extending support to the industry. The gala function is scheduled for May 26. In the last four years the Siddaramaiah dispensation has extended many facilities and introduced many policies sought by the induatry. This is not the first time a Chief Minister is being felicitated by the KFCC in a public function. Earlier then Chief ministers HD Kumaraswamy and BS Yeddyrurappa have been honoured by the industry for their help and support. 

    HDK was a film producer before becoming a politician and CM which endeared him to the industry. BSY was a film buff who watched films regularly with his family and reciprocated to the wishes of the film industry. Suddaramaiah does not watch films like BSY or is connected to the industry like HDK. But as CM he has extended the government support in his own way and met most of the requests and help sought. A small example is how he cleared medical help for ailing director RT Raghu within a day. 

    Even in government policy Siddaramaiah has been very liberal to the film industry. The Dr Rajkumar memorial was completed and inaugurated by him. Despite many court cases he managed to start the construction of the memorial for Dr Vishnuvardhan. For several decades the request for a film city was pending. The work has now started in Mysuru in a 100 acre plot. 

    The biggest contribution came in the budget this month. The ticket prices for films have been capped at Rs 200. The benefit fund for films has been increased to Rs 10 crore from Rs 1 crore. The proceeds from this fund will be used to help film personalities and their families in financial need due to health and other problems. 

    KFCC president Sa Ra Govindu has taken the lead in the felicitation programme. Last time such a felicitation was held for BS Yeddyrurappa, actor-director Ramesh Aravind directed the programme.

  • Films To Release On March 16th

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    The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce has arrived a temporary solution for the digital service providers problem and has given a green signal for the producers to release their films. With the green signal from the KFCC, three Kannada films including 'Dandupalya 3', 'Idam Premam Jeevanam' and 'Nanagishta' is all set to release on the 16th of March.

    The war between the KFCC and the UFO and CUBE regarding the price reduction issue has been going on for some weeks and the meeting regarding this has failed. So, the KFCC had decided not to release any Kannada film from the 09th of March and there were no releases last Friday. There was a meeting between the KFCC and Tamil Nadu Film Producers Association on Saturday and it was decided not to release any Kannada films on 16th March also.

    Now a temporary solution has been arrived and Kannada films are all set to release on the 16th of March.

  • Free Health Camp Done For Kannada Film Industry

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    The Kannada Film Directors Association's free health camp organised for the film fraternity at the Gururaja Kalyana Mantapa was a huge success with many artistes and technicians actively participating in the health camp.

    The health check up programmes were not for any specific department or association all all the workers across many associations participated in it. The Health camp was jointly organised by Lions Club of Bengaluru, Bengaluru Vaidyakiya Mahavidyalaya and Research Center, Institute of Nephro Urology, Sanjay Gandhi Institute of Trauma and Orthopaedic Centre.

    KANFIDFA president P H Vishwanath, KFCC president Thomas D'Souza and others were present at the occasion.

  • General Body Gives One More Year To Sa Ra Govindu And Team

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    The general body of the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce has extended its support to Sa Ra Govindu and the existing office bearers and executive committee to continue in their term for one more year. The general body meeting was held today and everyone present supported Govindu and wanted his team to continue in office.

    This is a big boost to Govindu who was elected as president in 2015. All the members present at the meeting unanimously opined that since there are many important works pending and underway it was better for the existing elected body to continue and finish the work instead of going in for another election at this point of time. 

  • Girish Gowda To Start Another Film Chamber - Exclusive

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    Producer Krishnegowda registering Karnataka Dubbing Film Chamber of Commerce has become old news. The new news is that Girish Gowda who is the president of Sa Ra Govind Fans Association has decided to start a new organisation called Dubbing Viruddha Karnataka Chalanachitra Vanijya Mandali soon.

    Girish Gowda who has been opposing dubbing culture in Karnataka has decided to start a new chamber against Krishnegowda's new chamber and has decided to register Karnataka Dubbing Viruddha Chalanachitra Vanijya Mandali soon.

    Meanwhile, Vatal Nagaraj, Sara Govindu and other pro-Kannada activists have decided to protest against the Karnataka Dubbing Film Chamber of Commerce on Thursday near Mysore Bank Circle in Bangalore.

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  • Government Orders For Rs 200 And Show Timings

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    The Karnataka government has issued a Government Order on capping of film ticket prices in single screens and multiplexes at Rs 200. This was the budget promise made by chief minister Siddaramaiah in the Budget last month. More details of what exactly the Government Order says is awaited.

    Two days ago the CM had said that the order would be passed in a day or two. He had also mentioned that along with the cap of ticket prices at Rs 200, there will also be an order regarding compulsory screening of Kannada films in prime time between 4 pm and 7 pm.

    The KFCC, Karnataka Chalanchitra Academy and many other private individuals and film personalities had sought for the price cap. This year, the government heeded to the request of KFCC and KCA and made the announcement in Budget. Most theaters including single screen are charging heavy prices for tickets in Karnataka.

    Compared to ticket prices in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh the ticket prices in Karnataka are very high. Even single screen ticket price in Karnataka is more than the ticket prices of multiplexes in Chennai and Hyderabad.

    As per sources, the order has already been signed and the copy will be issued tomorrow with immediate effect.

  • H D Kumaraswamy Questions KFCC And KFPA

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    Former Chief Minister and 'Jaguar' producer H D Kumaraswamy says he is very much upset about the plight of the Kannada producers and has urged the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce and Kannada Film Producers Association to take appropriate action to solve the problems of the producers.

    Speaking during the success meet of 'Jaguar', 'new producers are paying Rs 50 thousand each to Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce and Kannada Film Producers Association to register their banners. Yet they are not getting any security from both the associations. If they are not able to solve producers problems, then why are they taking money. Both the associations must take proper steps to protect the producers. Otherwise, I have to take action' said the former Chief Minister.

    'Kannada films are facing stiff competition from other languages. The Kannada producers are not getting theaters to release the films. Even if they get theaters, they have to pay huge amount as advances to the theaters for running their films. 'Jaguar' is running successfully and in spite we are forced to let go off the theaters. If I face such problems, what will happen to small producer' says H D Kumaraswamy.

  • HD Kumaraswamy Support KFCC

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    Former Chief Minister and 'Jaguar' producer H D Kumaraswamy has questioned the role of Kannada Film Producers Association and has asked what is it doing for the welfare of the producers.

    H D Kumaraswamy was talking during the press meet organised by the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce on Monday afternoon.

    'Off late, the producers are facing a lot of problems. That too the producers are facing many problems from multiplexes. Kannada films and producers are getting least respect in the multiplexes. The multiplexes are using our land, water and power and yet giving a third rate treatment to Kannada films. Why is KFPA not talking about all this' questioned H D Kumarasamy. He also said I am re opening my distribution office to help small film producers to distribute their films. He said that reality shows are affecting the Kannada films and suggested if they want to do the reality shows let them take new artists and not the popular faces from the industry.

    H D Kumaraswamy said that he will be in full support with the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce and is ready to fight against the problems concerning the Kannada film industry.

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  • Illegal To Screen Films In 5 Star Hotels - KFCC

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    The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce has said that it is illegal to screen films in 5-star hotels. The Tamil film Kabali starring Rajinikanth is scheduled to release in a few five star hotels in Bengaluru. Theatre owners are opposing it. KFCC exhibitor wing vice president DR Jayaraj, former presidents KV Chandrashekar and Thomas D'zouza have issued a statement that it is illegal to screen films anywhere but in film theatres.

    Theatres have to get permission from police, BBMP, fire department and other agencies which the five star hotels do not have, they have pointed out. They have said that the police have to take action against the screening of the film in five star hotels as it is illegal under the Cinematography Act. They have urged that existing theatres will have to shut down if films are screened illegally in all such places like hotels.

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  • Independence Day Celebrated In KFCC

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    The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce office bearers and executive committee members celebrated the Independence Day in Bangalore on Wednesday morning. The KFCC had organised the Independence Day celebration and president S A Chinnegowda and Prof Doddarange Gowda hoisted the National Flag at the KFCC premises.

    National Award Winning movie Hebbet Ramakka director Nanjundegowda and Producer Puttaraju were honored at KFCC.

    KFCC secretary Ba Ma Harish, Shilpa Srinivas, Vice President K Manju, treasurer K M Veeresh and others were present at the occasion.

  • Insult At Indywood Film Carnival 2016

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    Indywood film carnival which is being held at Ramoji Film City, Telangana, has insulted the members of south Indian film chamber.
    The grand film festival was inaugurated with an immense intensity and magnitude. The film festival didn't acknowledge the presence of film industry personnel present at the event which was highly insulting. The event witnessed dignitaries from the South Indian Film Chambers (Karnataka, Telangana, Hyderabad, Kerala and Tamil Nadu}.


    The film Personnel felt insulted and silently exited the function and decided to group boycott the event and report to the Government of Telangana regarding this.

    SIFCC president HD Gangaraju, KFCC president SA Ra Govindu Tamil Nadu producers president Tanu, Andra Pradesh President C Kalyan and other members BOYCOTTED the event.

  • Jaggesh Advises To Respect Elders

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    Jaggesh on Saturday has tweeted that Ambareesh is very much upset about producers protesting against him and the artistes have decided that unless those producers are left out they will not come to any talks with the producers.

    Recently actor turned politician Ambareesh was in the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce to discuss the problems faced by the producers. However, the meeting failed as many of the artistes were not present at the occasion. At the same time, there was a war of words between the producers and Ambarish and the producers had protested against Ambarish saying that he has failed in his duty. Ambarish who was upset by all this walked out of the KFCC. The artistes was very much upset by the whole incident and has made it clear that they are not ready for the talks unless the KFCC keeps such producers out.

    So, Jaggesh has tweeted regarding this. 'Off late, unnecessary fights and controversies are ruling the industry and this is the base for all the problems the industry is facing. Very much upset that my sincerity about solving the issue has been wasted. That's why they say respect elders' tweeted Jaggesh.

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  • Jairaj D R Elected Unopposed As the president of KFCC

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    Well known exhibitor Jairaj D R has been elected unopposed as the new president of Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce. The elections for the KFCC for the year 2019-20 will be held on the 29th of June and even before the elections, Jairaj has been elected unanimously with no other contestant in the race of president.

    One of the highlights of this year elections is, three major posts from the exhibitor sector has been elected unanimously. While, Jairaj has been elected as the president Venkataramana and Narasimhalu has been elected unanimously for the posts of vice-president and general secretary. Even producer A Ganesh who has contested for the post of general secretary from the distributor sector has been elected unanimously. With four major posts elected unanimously, the elections for other posts will be held on the 29th of this month.

    For the post of vice-president from the producer sector Umesh Banakar, Dinesh Gandhi and Pramila Joshai are contesting, while B R Keshava and Naganna will be contesting for the post of vice-president from the distributor sector. Likewise, Teshi Venkatesh, Ba Ma Girish and N M Suresh are contesting for the post of general secretary from the producer sector. Jayasimha Musuri and Sapphire Venkatesh are contesting for the post of treasurer. 

  • KANFIDA Organises Health Camp

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    The Kannada Film Directors Association has organised a free health camp for the members across various associations of the Kannada film industry at the Gururaja Kalyana Mantapa on the 11th of January 2015.

    The health check up programmes are not for any specific department or association, instead all the workers across many associations can participate in the health camp which is jointly organised by Lions Club of Bengaluru, Bengaluru Vaidyakiya Mahavidyalaya and Research Center, Institute of Nephro Urology, Sanjay Gandhi Institute of Trauma and Orthopaedic Centre.

    The KANFIDA had held a press conference regarding this on Wednesday morning and gave details about the various health camps organised on coming Sunday. KANFIDFA president P H Vishwanath, KFCC president Thomas D'Souza and others were present at the occasion.

  • Kannada and Tamil industries Join Hands

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    The Kannada and Tamil film industries have joined hands to fight the digital service providers against discriminatory pricing. There will be no screening of new films in Karnataka till the issue is resolved. In Tamil Nadu the industry has gone a step further and from March 16 there will be no film related activities including screening, shooting and promotional press meets. DSPs UFO and Qube have been told that no new Kannada and Tamil films will be given to them for transferring to the theatres. 

    There are three points on which there is a problem now. One the rates. Kannada industry is demanding reduction of the rates by 50 per cent. The DSPs are agreeing to only 22 percent reduction. The DSPs have also initiated cases against theatres. The film industries have demanded that all these cases have to be withdrawn. The theatres are worth many crores but are held to ransom by providing them with an projector and server worth Rs 4-5 lakhs and making them sign an unequal agreement preventing them from moving to cheaper alternatives and then charging producers exorbitant prices. The third demand is to give freedom to theatres to opt for any DSP they want. As of now a theatre can have only one set of server and projector. But there are several available which are cheaper. The industries are demanding that there should be no monopoly of any one group. As of now UFO and Qube are the two dominant DSPs in Karnataka. Now both of them are on the verge of merging creating a single monopoly. 

    Actor producer Vishal represented Tamil film industry in the meeting with KFCC in Bengaluru today. He was very specific and and said that there will be no film activity whatsoever from March 16. This will go on till the DSPs agree to the demands. The two industries have also said that they will henceforth decide on the future course of action together and will keep each other in the loop about any development. The Telugu film industry which was part of the protest has alone agreed to the proposal of UFO and stopped the protest. The Kannada and Tamil industries have therefore closed ranks. 

    There will be no screening of new films of any language in Karnataka. It is not limited to Kannada and Tamil which are protesting. New Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi and English films will also not be screened. Sa Ra Govindu requested all producers and exhibitors to cooperate in the matter. He said exhibitors from across Karnataka including north Karnataka exhibitors under Odugouder and those in Mangaluru will be asked to cooperate unitedly in the issue so that all producers and film makers will benefit. 

  • Kannada Film Industry Upset Over State Budget

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    The Kannada film industry is pretty upset over the State Budget for the year 2015-16 submitted by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in Vidhana Soudha. The Government except from notifying a 100 acre land near Mysore for the proposed film city and has not given anything for the welfare of the Kannada film industry this year. So, the Kannada film industry which had submitted a lot of demands this year is pretty upset about that none of the demands have been met by the government.

    KFCC president Thomas D'Souza has come out in open and has that he is very much unhappy about the budget and has expected much from the Government. Thomas says he had submitted a lot of demands for the welfare of the film industry and none of the demands have been met.

    The KFCC is planning to meet the Chief Minister in this regard and hold talks soon.

  • Kannada Film Subsidy Reduced? - Exclusive

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    Karnataka government gives subsidy to 100 Kannada film with a minimum of Rs 10 Lakh each year. But it can reduce to Rs 5 Lakh per year from next year. The new Kannada film policy which is being prepared has made drastic changes which will affect the film industry in many ways, sources said. According to reliable sources the 2012 Kannada Film Policy will be replaced by the new 2016 film policy. The new policy will give subsidy to100 films like the existing one, but it will be in four categories.


    In the last category 60 films will get only Rs 5 Lakh each instead of Rs 10 Lakh each. In the third category 20 films based on novels writings etc and with a good intention as found by the jury will get Rs 20 Lakh each. In the second category all films that have won the top awards in national, state and international awards will get between Rs 15 to Rs 25 Lakhs automatically without the jury deciding it. In the top category 4 best children's films will get Rs 25 Lakh each and 10 films which showcase cultural, historical and tourist attractions of Karnataka will get Rs 30 Lakhs each.

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  • KFCC Asks Govt to Cap Multiplex Prices at Rs 150

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    The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce has requested the state government to restrict the price of tickets in multiplexes at Rs 150. It has also requested that prices of edibles sold at multiplexes be controlled as it is exorbitant now. It has cited the examples of neighbouring states where the ticket prices have a ceiling of Rs 150. This and several other demands were placed before the chief minister Siddaramaiah by KFCC led by its president Sa Ra Govindu at the pre budget meeting today. 

    The other proposals the KFCC has presented include exempting film making, Distribution and exhibition from the upcoming GST tax. As Kannada films enjoy tax free status now, it was requested that the same may be continued and necessary steps be taken. The service tax in GST is sought to be kept at 5 percent. 

    The third demand is to get multiplexes to screen Kannada and other languages of Karnataka in prime time in multiplexes. 

    The fourth demand is to exempt tax for standies, posters and bills of films displayed in the premises of theatres and multiplexes. 

    The fifth demand is to drop the show tax on films. Each show of films in theatres are taxed but the revenue generated from it is negligible. So this is sought to be removed completely. 

    The sixth demand is to increase the surcharge on non Kannada films. Currently Rs 1 surcharge is collected from each ticket for non Kannada films. This surcharge is requested to be increased to Rs 5 and used for development of Kannada films. 

    The seventh demand is to create a housing project for film persons near the upcoming film city in Mysuru.

  • KFCC Backs HD Gangaraju for SIFCC Post

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    The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce has decided on a single candidate from Karnataka for the post of president of the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce.

    KFCC is supporting the candidature of HD Gangaraju who is a former KFCC president. Two other candidates who had cast their nominations including the incumbent vice president of SIFCC have been persuaded to withdraw their nominations.


    Three people, Gangaraju, Vijaykumar and Parthasarathi had cast their nominations for the post. The post of president of SIFCC of commerce is rotated between Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh every year.

    This year it is the turn of Karnataka. There were attempts to present a single candidate to show unity of the industry.

    On Wednesday there was a long executive committee meeting and senior members managed to convince Vijaykumar and Parthasarathi to withdraw their nominations. Both withdrew voluntarily.

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