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Last updated on : 23/10/2012

ARMED FORCES FILMS AND PHOTO DIVISION


The Armed Forces Film & Photo Division (AFFPD) is an Inter-Service Organization of the Ministry of Defence, primarily responsible to meet the requirement  of Service Headquarters and other Defence organizations with regard to projection, procurement and distribution of training films, production of photographs, art work etc. to meet the needs of Training, Weapon Trials, Security, Defence Research, Intelligence, Records and Photo & Video Coverage of ceremonial functions of the Ministry of Defence.

AFFPD has a very rich collection of rare films and photographs. This material inherited from pre Independence days is of great historical value and the same is maintained and preserved in the central Defence Film library of this Division. These photographs depict the Indian Forces in action in various theatres of Second World War, Parades, Ceremonies and Festivals and include various personalities and training activities etc. Some important films are also preserved.

The Central Defence Film Library (CDFL) is responsible for distribution of training films to various units/ formations/ training establishments/ commands, to meet their specific training requirements. The Library hold 587 titles in 35mm sizes, 1165 titles in 16 mm sizes, 228 titles in VHS format, 272 titles in U-matic format, 34 titles in VCD format and 58 titles in DVD & HD format. During he year 2011 the year 2011, 38 Films (16 mm), 52 VHS, 45 VCD and 2639 DVDs have been dispatched/ issued on loan to various units/ formations of Army/ Navy /Air Force. Till date 8,983 negatives have been exposed and 7,552 photographs in different sizes have been prepared.

The Mobile Cinema Unit (MCU) of this Division also procured/distributed documentary films/New Magazines of information of cultural and family welfare value, to the troops in the forward areas. During the year 2011, MCU has issued approximately 2280 prints on DVD format to Defence Establishment on loan basis.