India Pavilion Inaugurated at Cannes Film Festival 2018

  • 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

film industry.

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.

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