By Sydney Levine | Sydneys Buzz May 18, 2013 at 1:30PM
The European Film Commission Network and Film France in partnership with Golden Bird Entertainment and peacefulfish aim to make productions easier between Europe and India.
On the occasion of 100 years of Indian Cinema at Cannes, these partners launched a first-of-its-kind high-level panel discussion on combining European financing opportunities with Indian production, financing, and distribution power.
The Cannes panel discussion had a keynote speech from Mr. Uday Kumar Varma, Secretary, Indian Information and Broadcasting Ministry, who guided on the much simplified “Single window clearance for international shoots and co-production treaties”. Producer Johannes Rexin of Heimat film, Germany shared his experiences on the first official German-Indian co-production “Qissa” starring Irrfan Khan. The European Film Commission Network (EUFCN) and Franck Priot, COO, Film France focused on their mission and objectives which have helped them to work with Indian and French production companies and films in France and India. Juliane Schulze, Senior Partner, peacefulfish providec invaluable guidance on European tax incentives, subsidies, and co-financing opportunities. The panel was moderated by Mohinder Walia, Managing Director, Golden Bird Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. (Former MD, Twentieth Century Fox Studios India) and he shared his deep insight on production, financing, and global distribution from an Indian perspective.
This high-level panel discussion addressed the most effective ways for European and Indian film producers to form lasting working relationships and benefit from the different financing landscapes of both territories.