- Co-production opportunities between India and France Explored
The inaugural session of the Indian Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival 2018 was held at Cannes, France.
A meeting between the Indian delegation and Ms. Isabelle Giordano, Director General, Unifrance, M. Loïc Wong, Director of International Department, CNC, France along with Ms. Valérie L’Epine-Karnik, CEO, Film France was held to explore co-production opportunities between India and France.
Hosted by noted actor Shri Sharad Kelkar, the Indian delegation present consisted of
H.E. Vinay Mohan Kwatra, Ambassador of India to France, Shri Ashok Kumar Parmar,
Joint Secretary, Ministry of I&B, Govt. Of India, Shri Prasoon Joshi, Writer, Poet and
Chairman, Central Board of Film Certification India, Ms Vani Tripathi Tikoo Member,
Central Board of Film Certification, Producer and Director, Shri Jerome Paillard,
Executive Director, Marche Du Film Festival, Cannes Film Market, Ms. Huma Qureshi,
Film Actress, Shri Shaji Karun, Film maker, Shri Jahnu Barua, Film maker and
Shri Bharat Bala, Film maker.
The agenda of the delegation from India this year is to showcase diversity in films
of our country while furthering collaborations with various other countries.
Indian delegation in Cannes Film Festival 2018
Speaking about the growth of the nation being well reflected through our cinema
H.E Vinay Mohan Kwatra, said that what is happening in our country currently is
the unprecedented transformation in technology and the economy and that these
growing externalities are reflected in Indian Cinema.
Shri Jerome Paillard stated that Indian Pavilion is a very important tool to help
connecting the worldwide European and worldwide community of films.
Speaking about Indo-French Cinema collaboration Ms Vani Tripathi Tikoo, said
that India has a fantastic relationship with both Cannes film festival and the French
She further added that in recent times films like Tamasha and Befikre were shot
extensively in this part of the world and found great resonance with the narrative
story telling between the two countries.
During the Inaugural address, Shri Prasoon Joshi said that we should also reach
out to young filmmakers who might not have access to a festival like Cannes and
should organize many mini Cannes film festivals all around the world to help
more and more filmmakers.
A round table discussion was also held to explore collaborations with countries
like Brazil, Philippines, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan, Canada and New Zealand
where the film commissioners from these countries discussed the opportunities
and challenges for co production with India.
Discussions were also held with the heads and management of various Indian
studios and production houses to see how films in different languages could
become more viable and what the government could do to help filmmakers in the country.