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Berlin, February 20, 2020
The medium of cinema has the potential to build collaboration and partnerships between India and the world, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said here on Wednesday.
Inaugurating the India pavilion at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival here, the Minister said co-production agreements, the Film Facilitation Office (FFO), and India’s premier Film Festival – IFFI – have showcased the country as an emerging market and a filming destination. It has opened opportunities for excellence in different aspects of film making.
India’s partnership at Berlinale offered tremendous opportunities to further strengthen bilateral relations in vertical of film making and taking forward the co-production platform, he said.
Jaishankar also invited Berlinale participants, directors, filmmakers to participate at the 51st IFFI through films, delegations and partnerships.
The Minister unveiled the poster for the 51st edition of India International Film Festival to be celebrated in Goa this year, along with its booklet. Subsequently, the delegation released Pickle Magazine at the pavilion.
The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is participating in the Berlin International Film Festival being held from February 19 to March 1.
The India Pavilion at the festival is meant to be a platform to popularize Indian cinema in overseas markets and facilitate new business opportunities.
The Indian delegation at Berlinale 2020 aims to promote Indian films across linguistic cultural and regional diversity so as to forge international partnerships in the realms of distribution, production, filming in India, script development and technology, in order to accelerate the growth of the film sector in India.
The delegation will also try to popularise the steps taken to ease shooting of films in India through Film Facilitation Office that facilitates single-window clearance for filmmakers and provides the platform for film tourism in India. To take advantage of availability of technicians and skilled professionals, India will be showcased as a post-production hub to promote collaborations for films with international production houses.
The Indian delegation will meet officials from countries including Israel, Portugal, South Africa, USA, Germany, France, and UK. The delegation will also meet with officials from Raindance Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, EFM Director, Cannes Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, among others.