India Rolls Out Red Carpet to Global Filmmakers

admin   June 23, 2020

India is committed to welcome the global film community to come and do business in the country and work closely with the domestic media and entertainment industry, said Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javdekar at the e-inauguration of the India Pavilion at the 61st Cannes Film Market.

Amidst the pandemic of coronavirus, the Government of India has committed to welcome the global film community to come and do business in India and work closely with the domestic media and entertainment industry. This message was conveyed by Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javdekar at the e-inauguration of the India Pavilion at the 61st Cannes Film Market, virtually attended by over 2000 film industry professionals across the globe.

Calling cinema the “soft power” of India, Javadekar said his Ministry is continuously working towards making India as film shooting and film friendly destination for the audiovisual sector. “Our Film Facilitation Office has facilitated over 80 foreign film shootings. Now, it will function as a single window for all Central and State government permissions. I appeal to the global film fraternity, to come invest and shoot in India.”

In a clear message that the ‘show must go on’, the global filmmaking community and industry professionals were conveyed that the 51st edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will take place between November 20-28 later this year. Javadekar also unveiled the poster and the booklet for the IFFI 2020.

Adopting the new normal, and to keep the ethos of the virtual Indian participation at Cannes alive, the Indian Pavillion is expected to be buzzing with activities around co-production, film shooting in India, exports of Indan films and content, post production and networking. The Pavillion will facilitate B2B meetings and linkages between filmmakers and other media and entertainment industries stake holders (June 22-26, 2020).

Over a dozen dignitaries participated at the e-inauguration of the India Pavilion at the virtual Cannes Film Market. Over 90 Indian industry professionals representing 60 companies are part of the virtual Cannes film market.

In his address to the global film community, Amit Khare, Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India announced that along with the Indian film industry, centenary celebration of legendary filmmaker Satyjit Ray will be celebrated at the Cannes Film Festival 2021 showcasing a retrospective of the iconic filmmaker. The 74th Edition of Cannes Film Festival is slated for May 14-25, 2021. It was announced earlier that IFFI 2020 and IFFI 2021 will pay tribute to legendary filmmaker of India Satyajit Ray.

Atul Kumar Tiwari, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, in his opening remarks invited global film community to block their diaries to attend the 51st Edition of IFFI (November 20-28, 2020).

Michèle Waterhouse, Head of Coordination, Cannes Film Market said Marché du Film Online 2020 Edition is a a milestone in the history of the film industry. “It has been a difficult time for all with Covid-19 and the future remains rocky but we are here together and we thank all of you who have supported us in this endeavour. Together we are a strong force and we will continue to move forward to give Indian cinema its due place in the world,” said Waterhouse. India has been participating at the Cannes Film Market for over 20 years.

Dilip Chenoy, Secretary General, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), moderated the inauguration of the India Pavilion and said the both physical and virtual markets are here to stay in the coming years and industry has to adopt to the changing needs. FICCI is managing the virtual India Pavilion at the online Cannes Film Market under the aegis of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India.

Shrila Dutta Kumar, Minister (Consular) Embassy of India to France assured assistance to the stakeholders of Indian film industry representatives to promote cooperative ventures with France in the area of film co-production and visas.

“We are going through very tough times and people have started seeing cinema in a different way, like how they are seeing their life differently. People will change the way they consume media. Our films have to delve in newer and fresher subjects,” said Prasoon Joshi, Lyricist and Chairman, CBFC.

Joshi maintained that cinema is an essential medium. “We say human being is a social animal. When did human become social?. Somewhere social needs became part of your life and over the years generations cinema has got hardwired into an essential medium… there will be a need for entertainment in some way or other”.

Other dignitaries including Madhur Bhandarkar, National Award-winning Director, D Suresh Babu, National Representative, Active Telugu Filmmakers Guild, Colin Burrows, Special Treats Productions, Kangana Ranaut, film personality, Usha Jadhav, Actor, Mai Ghat spoke at the India Pavilion inauguration.

TCA Kalyani, Joint Secretary (Films) Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and MD, National Film Development Corporation thanked dignitaries in her vote of thanks.


admin   November 28, 2019

The four-days of intense deliberations and discussions at Film Bazaar 2019 are set to help participants analyse the magnitude of disruptions happening in the Media and Entertainment space and prepare them for the impending future

The four-days of intense deliberations and discussions at Film Bazaar 2019 are set to help participants analyses the magnitude of disruptions happening in the Media and Entertainment space and prepare them for the impending future.

Film Bazaar 2019, the leading Co- Production Market for independent filmmakers in India where they converge and network with buyers, sellers, festival programmers and producers, will be kickstarted on November 21 with the aptly named session ‘Open Pitch’ where selected projects will present their video pitches to delegates interested in co-production, funding, sales, and distribution .

The Open Pitch session will be followed by three knowledge sessions – Script to Screen – Empowering Youth with Skill Development, MoMa – In Conversation with Josh Siegel, and Indian Cinema inspiring Entrepreneurs. The sessions will witness some intense discussions and deliberations covering topics ranging from creating an impactful training ecosystem for the youth to acquire technical skill sets required in the M&E sector; creating diversity in programming and how MOMA could be a catalyst to the experience of independent cinemas from India; and how Indian cinema can inspire entrepreneurs to bring innovations to the sector.

Leading experts and decision makers who will analyses and present their useful insights on the topics include Sunit Tandon, Director, India Habitat Centre; Amit Khare, Secretary Ministry of Information & Broadcasting; Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog; Prasoon Joshi, Chairman, Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC); Film Critic Anupama Chopra; Josh Seigel, Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art; Vani Tripathi TIkoo, Member, CBFC; noted film director Vishal Bhardwaj; and Shobu Yarlagadda, CEO & Founder, Arka Media Fireworks.

Day Two will start with the session ‘Film Bazaar Recommends – Pitches’, where filmmakers of FBR films are invited to Film Bazaar to pitch their first look trailers/film clips and to introduce themselves to the market delegates.

There are three knowledge sessions to be held on Day Two – ‘Eye on India – A Global Perspective of the Indian Film Industry’, Beyond borders – Exploring the Exciting New World of International OTT/VOD Business with Wendy Bernfeld, and ‘The Changing Landscape of Indian Cinematography’.

The sessions have been designed to throw some light on how the world views the dynamic and vibrant Indian film Industry; how filmmakers can go beyond local borders and traditional big players (such as Netflix/Amazon); and how growth of various platforms and screens are defining the boundaries of visualisation, how consumption is driving innovation in the world of cinematography today, and the role of sophisticated technology in pushing this innovation.

Among the leading voices who will express their views on the topics under discussion include International Media & Entertainment Consultant Rick Ambros; Kilian Kerwin – Head of Production, South Asia and Latin America, SK Global; Producer Kayvan Mashayekh; Marten Rabarts, Head, EYE International; Kyoko Dan, Programmer, Tokyo Film Festival; Actor and Producer Sanjay Suri; Wendy Bernfeld, Founder, Rights Stuff; and Cinematographers Shanker Raman, Tapan Basu, and Fowzia Fathima.

Day Three will start with Filmmaker’s Pitch, where filmmakers whose feature films (in-progress or completed) are in the Film Library section of Viewing Room and Industry Screenings are given the opportunity to pitch their first look trailers/film clips.

The day will see unfolding of sessions on ‘Celebrating 50 Years of IFFI’, ‘Decoding Co-productions: International Partnerships and Film Funds’, ‘Navigating Film Festivals’, and ‘The Evolving Narrative – A View from the Writer’s Desk’.

Among the moderators and speakers are: Vikramjit Roy – Head – Film Facilitation Office, National Film Development Corporation, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Govt of India; Shri Chaitanya Prasad, Director IFFI, Additional Director General, Directorate of Film Festival; Naman Ramachandran – Asia Correspondent, Variety; Anup Singh, Director, The Wandering Film Company, Promoter and Director Aditi Anand; Teresa Hoefert de Turégano, Funding Advisor; Liz Shackleton, Screen International, Asia Editor; Nashen Moodley, Director, Sydney Film Festival, among others.

The highest number of knowledge sessions have been reserved for Day Four, which will see six sessions taking place – ‘The New Matrix of OTT Business’; ‘Cinemas of India – Many Stories: Many Nuances, Many Languages’; ‘Harnessing the power of engagement – the FFO model’; ‘Hitting the right notes – A Guide to Music Rights’; ‘The Multiple Hues of the LGBT Narrative in India’; and ‘The new leadership dimension – Women Producers’.


Fourteen projects have been selected to participate in the Co-Production Market. The selection presents 14 projects from India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, France, Nepal, Singapore and USA. The line-up is an eclectic mix of stories in Hindi, English, Bengali, Malayalam, Assamese, Nepali, Dzongkha (Bhutanese) and Gujarati from established filmmakers as well as new talent.

Aamar Xokolure Bhaalpowa (All Our Loves) | Assamese | India
Director- Mehdi Jahan
Producer- Heer Ganjwala, Human Trail Pictures

Anantah (Eternity) | Nepali | India
Director- Saurav Rai
Producer- Sanjay Gulati, Crawling Angel Films

Ayna (The Mirror) | Hindi | India
Director- Alka Raghuram, Junoon Pictures
Producer – Celine Loop, Travelling Light Productions

Eka (Solo) | Bengali | India, Bangladesh, France
Director- SumanSen
Producer- Bijon Imtiaz &Arifur Rahman, Goopy Bagha Productions Limited

Ettamedam (The Deathplace )| Malayalam | India
Director- Jiju Antony
Producer- Shaji Mathew, Niv Art Movies

Feast | English, Hindi | Singapore, India
Director – Leon Cheo
Producer – Jen Nee Lim, Pilgrim Pictures Pte Ltd

Home Of The Rain Catcher | Hindi |India, USA
Director – VikasKhanna
Producer – Jitendra Mishra, Bindu Khanna & P Kaul, House of Omkar

I, the Song | Dzongkha | Bhutan, France
Director – Dechen Roder,
Producer- Thinley Choden, Dakinny Productions

IndreniPari (Across The Rainbow Bridge)| Nepali | Nepal
Director – Niranjan Raj Bhetwal,
Producer – Ram Krishna Pokharel, Icefall Productions

Sabras (Salt) | Gujarati, English | USA, India
Director – SushmaKhadepaun
Producer – Andrea Kuehnel, Leitwolf Film produktion GmbH

Sand City | Bengali | Bangladesh
Director – MahdeHasan
Producer- RubaiyatHossain, Khona Talkies
Producer- Aadnan Imtiaz Ahmed, Cinema Cocoon
Producer- François D’artemare, Les Films de l’Après-Midi

The Displaced | Hindi | India
Director – Vijay Jayapal
Producer – Mathivanan Rajendran, Stray Factory

Schirkoa| English | India
Director/Producer -Ishan Shukla, Ishan Animation

Varna Heights (Varna Heights) | Hindi |India, USA
Director – Rajan Khosa, Elephant Eye Productions Pvt. Ltd.
Producer – MerajShaikh, Wingman Pictures Pvt. Ltd.

IFFI 2018: Veteran Israeli Director Dan Wolman Honoured With Lifetime Achievement Award

admin   November 21, 2018

The 49th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) opened amidst the presence of film stars, filmmakers and cine-lovers from across the world amid pomp and gaiety in Panjim, Goa. Israeli master craftsman Dan Wolman was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the opening ceremony of the 49th IFFI.

India is a land of storytellers where every person has a story to tell said Col Rajyavardhan Rathore, Union Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting at the IFFI 2018 Opening Ceremony.  “These stories inspire and entertain us. IFFI is a platform for our young generation to showcase their talent. It is a platform for the international filmmakers to see India and explore the talent that we have. It is a great collaboration for both the sides.”

The opening ceremony of IFFI 2018 also saw the launch of the Web Portal of Film Facilitation Office (FFO) that was launched by Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore.  The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting set up the Film Facilitation Office (FFO) in NFDC in 2015 with a view to promote and facilitate film shootings by foreign filmmakers in India, the services of which have now been extended to Indian film makers as well.

Film Offices set up by states highlight their film policy, their efforts to ensure a smooth filming process, showcase their locations and acquaint the filmmakers and the fraternity about the incentives/rebates/subsidies offered for filming in their respective states. In order to disseminate information regarding filming in India, the FFO has now developed a Web Portal. (

Israeli master craftsman Dan Wolman was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the opening ceremony of the 49th IFFI. While speaking at the occasion, Mr Wolman said, “Thank you for honoring me with the Lifetime Achievement Award which is the highest award that I have ever received. It is sweeter because I am receiving it in India – a country whose people, culture and phenomenal cinema I truly admire. This year IFFI has chosen to focus on Israeli cinema. I am glad the films selected for this reflect the range of Israeli cinema. There is chemistry between India and Israel. I hope this chemistry manifests in co productions and collaborations in cinema.”

The opening ceremony of IFFI 2018 was anchored by Mandira Bedi and Amit Sadh and saw the presence of eminent Indian and international film personalities such as Akshay KumarKaran JoharRandhir Kapoor, Prasoon Joshi, Julien LandaisBarbara Meier, Nicolas Hau, Lois Robbins, Siddharth Roy Kapoor, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Robert Glinski, Tom Fitzpatrick, Poonam Dhillon, Hrishita BhattMadhur BhandarkarArijit SinghRamesh SippyChin Han among others.

The 49th IFFI will showcase the best of recent International cinema, along with special sections such as RetrospectivesMasterclassesIn-Conversation  sessions, HomagesIndian PanoramaInternational Competition, featuring the best of world cinema produced in the past year, with the aim of providing a platform for young creative minds to interact, view and learn.

The festival opened with the World Premiere of The Aspern Papers, amid the presence of the cast and crew of the film. IFFI 208 will close in similar fashion – with the World Premiere of German film, Sealed Lips.

This edition of the festival will showcase films which reflect diversity of taste. IFFI 2018 will showcase 212 films from over 68 countries which consist of 2 World Premieres16 Academy Award nominated films and 6 Indian rare language films. The International Competition section of IFFI 2018 will have 15 films, out of which 3 are Indian films competing for the Golden and Silver Peacock awards. The Competition section itself represents films produced and co-produced by 22 countries. The International Competition jury is headed by renowned by renowned Polish Director Robert Glinski and includes jury members such as Adrian Sitaru, Anna Ferraioli Ravel, Tom Fitzpatrick and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.

Akin to every year, IFFI will be featuring a Country of Focus that brings out the cinematic excellence and contributions of that particular Country. In its 49th edition of IFFI, the Country of Focus will be Israel. Ten films in collaboration with the Consulate General of Israel in Mumbai, have been selected for the country focus package.

IFFI 2018, for the first time ever, will feature a State Focus section that will focus on the films of one of the Indian States, thus shedding light on the art and culture of that particular state. Jharkhand has been selected as the State of Focus for 49th IFFI 2018 and Jharkhand Day will be celebrated on 24th November 2018 as part of the festival. Movies in the Jharkhand Package include MS Dhoni The Untold Story, Death in the Gunj, Ranchi Diary, Begum Jaan with others.

This year, IFFI has also collaborated with the International Council for Film, Audiovisual Communication (ICFT) Paris, to present a special ICFT prize consisting of the UNESCO Gandhi Medal to a film, which reflects the ideals promoted by UNESCO. This year 10 films will be showcased for selection of a film to be presented with this coveted award, out of which 2 are Indian films.

The Homage presentations at the 49th IFFI will include tributes to the late actors Sridevi, Vinod Khanna, Shashi Kapoor, M Karunanidhi and filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi.

Indian Panorama 2018 will screen both Feature & Non-Feature films in Goa at the 49th International Film Festival of India. The feature film jury selected the film OLU directed by acclaimed filmmaker Shaji N Karun as the opening feature film of Indian Panorama 2018. In the Non-Feature film category, Goa’s very own director Aditya Suhas Jambhale will present his film, Kharvas as the Opening film of Indian Panorama 2018.

The ceremony was held at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium, Goa, and was aired live on DD National along with live streaming on the YouTube channel of PIB

The opening ceremony was followed by the screening of the Opening film of IFFI 2018 – the World Premiere of The Aspern Papers, at Kala Academy.