New Delhi: On the second day of Berlinale 2020, the Indian delegation met with a number of representatives from the global film industry who expressed their interest in working with India and keenness to participate in the 51st International Film Festival of India (IFFI), stated a Press communication from the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.
The delegation met with Lior Sasson, Head of Operations (Israel Film Fund) and Artistic Director of Israeli Pavilion, Ministry of Culture and Sports, State of Israel. Sasson expressed interest in exploring opportunities for future collaboration with IFFI 2020. The two sides also discussed scope of working together to showcase India as a focus country at the Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel and their participation at IFFI 2020.
The delegation had a meeting with Makhosazana Khanyile, Chief Executive Officer, National Film & Video Foundation of South Africa (NFVF). During the meeting, Khanyile expressed her willingness to work with India on animation, gaming, VR/AR, and IFFI. She also emphasised developing strategies with India on exchange of skills, both digital and gaming. The National Film Development Corporation (NFDC, India) has a co-production treaty with NFVF.
The Indian delegation also interacted with Wendy Bendred, Right Stuff; Claas Danielsen, CEO, MDM Online (German Film development board and Film Fund); Mukhlisa Azizova, Chairman of Uzbekistan National Film Commission; Mathew Takata, Senior Manager Feature projects international, Sundance Film Institute; and Marc Baschet, Co-producer of the movie ‘Lunchbox’; and representatives of Spain, among others.
The Indian Pavilion at Berlinale has been organized by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in association with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Over 40 Indian film companies are participating at Berlinale 2020.
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