The Cannes Film Festival, which is slated to take place from May 17-28, will have for the first time a large conglomeration of independent Indian filmmakers, who seek to work internationally by co-producing, and co-financing.
Filmmakers Aditya Bhattacharya, Anirban Datta, Ashvin Kumar, Aashish Chanana, Bharatbala, Biju Vishvanath, Ketan Mehta, Krishna Shah, Manu Rewal and Mitra Sen, Pan Nalin, Radhika Kumar, Ruchi Narain, Sharad Sharan, Sudhir Misra, Shonali Bose, Vinta Nanda, and Vijay Singh will be attending the most coveted film festival. Animation filmmaker Gitanjali Rao will also be one of the dignitaries.
The line up of film producers include the likes of Bhuvan Lall, Deepa Sahi, Mozez Singh, Rashmi Rajan and Vijay Vaidyanathan.
For the independent Indian filmmakers, the international marketplace is an integral part of any financing, co-production and distribution plan. The Cannes Film Festival will become a platform for independent Indian filmmakers to more efficiently and effectively present their productions and projects to the world market.
According to the Co-Chair of the Council, and the coordinator of the delegation to Cannes 2006, Bhuvan Lall, “Our primary goal is to increase awareness of high quality Indian creative products at international festivals and markets, more specifically films (including short films), television programmes and animation.”
The independent Indian filmmakers initiative is backed by the Entertainment Industry Leader’s Council of Assocham, the Indian trade body that represents and promotes the commercial interests of independent feature film, broadcasting, television, animation and interactive media companies.
The council further seeks to encourage opportunities to celebrate, showcase and market Indian works at festivals that are international, national or regional in scope.