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Indian delegation to TIFF focuses on promoting co-productions between Canada and India

Press Information Bureau:  September, 2014

New Delhi: The Indian delegation led by Secretary I&B, Shri Bimal Julka participated in Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in order to give a major fillip to the mechanism of promoting co-productions under the recently signed Indo Canadian audio visual co production agreement. Shri Julka and the delegation met with a number of key officials from Canadian Federal Government, Ontario Government as well as officials of the City of Toronto to discuss various proposals related to bi-lateral cooperation, capacity building and exchanges in the films domain.

One of the key highlights of the visit was the participation of the Indian delegation at a session known as "Lightning Talks: Co-Production" organized at the festival. The session included short presentations by international co-production agencies, on how to structure opportunities and what resources are available for the filmmaker interested in going global. The session gave the first-hand information about the dos and don'ts of co-producing between various countries. The session saw the participation from three countries - Australia, Colombia and India represented by Sally Caplan, Screen Australia; Claudia Triana, Film Commissioner of Columbia and Shri Bimal Julka respectively. Shri Julka spoke about the growing opportunities for the youth in the media and entertainment sector in India. He explained about the favourable climate that had been created in India for film producers desirous of shooting in India by means of a single window clearance mechanism. He also dwelled upon the benefits of the audio visual co production treaties that India had signed with 9 countries, including the latest one with Canada.

During the course of the visit, the delegation attended meetings with key officials of Telefilm Canada, National Film Board of Canada, Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), and also a roundtable organized by the Canada Indian Business Council (CIBC). The discussions with Telefilm Canada, OMDC and CIBC revolved around the joint efforts which could be undertaken in the coming months by the two sides to encourage Indian and Canadian co producers to take advantage of the newly signed co production treaty. I&B Secretary offered to host similar sessions and discussions in IFFI, Goa for Indian and Canadian producers.

The delegation met with National Film Board(NFB) and explored the possibility of a tie up between N F B,( Largest public producer and distributor of films in Canada), and the Ministry's own film production media units, NFDC, Films Division and Children's Film Society of India for distribution of their films in Canada. National Film Board offered its expertise in training the trainers of Ministry's film schools, as well as designing educational film programs for school children.

The delegation also visited Sheridan College, a globally recognized leader for learning in animation, visual effects and gaming. The President of Sheridan College Mr.Jeff Zapudski welcomed the delegation and gave a tour of Sheridan's state of the art facilities in film making and animation. The delegation was appraised of the fact that Sheridan alumni regularly won Academy awards and had a reputation of being the best in the business. This was made possible due to the close partnership that Sheridan had with industry in Canada. The delegation appraised Mr.Zapudski about the upcoming National Centre of Excellence in Animation, Gaming and Visual Effects (NCOE), and proposed to carry forward the dialogue for a possible institutional partnership with NCOE.

The delegation also took a tour of TIFF facilities with the purpose of improving the Ministry's own flagship festival, International Film Festival of India (IFFI). TIFF authorities also welcomed future tie up with IFFI in areas such as programming.