New Delhi: The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), is participating at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival. The festival will be held from 20 February to 1 March in Berlin, Germany. The film festival will also see an India Pavilion which will provide a platform to popularize Indian cinema in the overseas market and facilitate new business opportunities.
This year in Berlin, three Indian feature films as well as one short documentary film have been selected: Pushpendra Singh’s ‘Laipla Aur Satt Geet’, Prateek Vats’ ‘Eeb Allay Ooo!’, Akhsay Indikar’s ‘Sthalpuran’ and Ekta Mittal’s short documentary ‘Gumnaam Din’.
S Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, will inaugurate the Indian Pavilion at Berlinale.
The Ministry of I&B stated that India seeks to promote its films across linguistic, cultural, and regional diversity, and establish multiple international collaborations in the space of distribution, production, filming in India, and script development technology through its participation at Berlinale 2020.
The Indian delegation, through various interactions, seeks to promote the ease of shooting films in India through the Film Facilitation Office (FFO) that facilitates single window clearance for filmmakers and provides the platform for ‘cinematic tourism’ in India. The delegation will exhibit India as a post-production hub and promote collaborations for films with international production houses.
The audio-visual services sector has been recognized as one of the champion services sectors by the Government of India with an aim to promote India as a leading destination source for media and entertainment.
The Government delegation to Berlinale will facilitate international participation for the 51st edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2020, Goa.
The delegation has meetings scheduled with officials from countries including Israel, South Africa, New Zealand, Spain, Brazil, Portugal, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, United States of America and Rwanda. The delegation will meet with officials from Locarno Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Venice International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, and Annecy International Animation Festival, among others.
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