I&B Minister virtually inaugurates India Pavilion at Cannes Film Market 2020
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has inaugurated the India Pavilion at the Cannes Film Market 2020 virtually. Speaking at the inaugural session today, he highlighted government’s initiative of instituting Film Facilitation Centres for granting quick and easy clearances for shooting of International Films in the Country. Mr. Javadekar called upon global film makers to shoot movies in India and produce them for the global market. He informed that the Marathi movie Mai Ghat and Gujarati movie Hellaro, are the official entrants to be showcased in the Cannes film festival this year.
The Minister also launched the poster and information booklet for the 51st International Film Festival of India (IFFI) , slated to held in Goa from the 20th of November this year.
One of the most prestigious film festivals and cinema’s largest annual gathering, Cannes Film Festival had earlier postponed its 73rd edition of this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. It is now being held virtually as a five day festival, which will culminate on Friday.
Speaking on the occasion, Secretary, Information and Broadcasting, Amit Khare said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the Indian film industry four times in the last year, which reflects the commitment at the highest level in the Government for the development of Indian film industry. He also informed that India will showcase movies of legendary film director Satyajit Ray at the Cannes Film festival next year as a special tribute to the renowned Indian film maker on his birth centenary.
Additional Secretary, Information and Broadcasting Atul Kumar Tiwari said that adaptable model of India Pavilion at Cannes Film Market seeks to keep the Indian ethos live. He affirmed his belief that even the virtual Cannes film market will be a hub of activities on co-production, film shooting in the country, export of Indian films, post-production activities and networking.
The inaugural session was attended by Chairman of Central Board of Film Certification, Prasoon Joshi, renowned Movie Director Madhur Bhandarkar, National Representative of Active Telugu Film Makers Guild D Suresh Babu, renowned producer and head of Special Treats Production Colin Burrows, Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, Marathi Film Actress Usha Jadhav among others.
The Indian pavilion at Cannes Film Market has been jointly set up by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and FICCI.