Madhya Pradesh was selected for the Most Film Friendly State award 2017 for its efforts towards easing filming in state. MP was acknowledge for easing filming in state by offering excellent on ground support and filmic infrastructure and creating well-structured web site. Uttarakhand was given Special Mention certificate in recognition of its efforts made towards creating film friendly environment. The awards will be presented by President Ram Nath Kovind in May 2018 during presentation of the 65th National Film Awards in New Delhi.
The jury for selecting the Most Film Friendly State Award 2017 was chaired by acclaimed filmmaker Ramesh Sippy and comprised of renowned filmmakers like Nagraj Manjule, Raja Krishna Menon, Vivek Agnihotri and Uday Singh, Managing Director (MD), Motion Picture Distributors Association. The award was earlier conferred on Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh.