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Indian Cinema comes of age at Festival de Cannes 2008

05-May-2008
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Indian Cinema comes of age at Festival de Cannes 2008

Indian Cinema gets a special showcase at the Festival de Cannes 2008, which is being held from May 14-25. The Indian Independent Filmmakers Worldwide is organising an Indian Cinema Conference at Cannes 2008. This two-day event would bring together most of the major leaders within the Indian Cinema industry and from around the world, as well as new and emerging players in the field, in order to take stock of current work and outline directions for the future in the field. The goal of the two panels is to foster a deeper understanding of the aesthetic and commercial forces that have shaped practice of cinema in India.

Join a sterling panel of experts, well-known filmmakers, producers, distributors, festival heads, critics, and financiers would share the inside stories of how this business works. These panels would be hosted and moderated by well-known filmmaker and Cannes veteran Krishna Shah and Hollywood film producer and writer Bhuvan Lall.

The entry to these events is free.

The first panel is on ‘The world is not enough – Indian Cinema goes global’, which would be held on May 18. The panel would examine topics like how global is Indian Cinema?; how does the world view Indian Cinema?; what will it take to penetrate North American and Latin American markets?; what are the opportunities and threats in the Indian Cinema business?; and ,where will Indian Cinema be five years from now?, among others.

The panel would hold a conversation with Ashok Amritraj, Chairman, Hyde Park International, Los Angeles, USA.

Speakers at this panel would include Anurag Batra, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, exchange4media; Aroon Shivdasani, Executive Director, Indo-American Arts Council Inc, USA; Derek Malcolm, Film Critic, UK; Jagmohan Mundra, Filmmaker, UK & USA; Ketan Mehta, Filmmaker, India; Mira Advani Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter, USA; Nigel Glynn-Davies, CEO, Bollywood.tv, UK; and, Patrick Frater, Asian Editor, Variety, Hong Kong.

The second panel would be on ‘Show me the rupees! – Doing business with Indian filmmakers’, which would be held on May 21.

This panel is designed to explore the various funding, co-production and distribution approaches of Indian filmmakers with new perspectives that recognise the transformative power of globalisation on the commercial value of Indian cinema. From budgeting the film correctly, to seeking out co-productions, grants and creative financing, to making the best distribution deal, there are numerous opportunities and an equal amount of pitfalls to avoid.

The panel would examine topics like what is the role of international film festivals and film markets?; what are the funding options available for Indian filmmakers?; what are the co-production treaties that are active in India and are to be signed in the future?; how does an Indian filmmaker attract the attention of sales agents?; and, how do international film companies work with Indian filmmakers and Indian Cinema industry?, among others.

Speakers at this panel discussion would include Alexandra Lebret, Managing Director, European Film Producers Club, France; Hannah Fisher, Dubai International Film Festival & Floating Film Festival, Canada; Liz Shackleton, Editor Asia, Screen International Hong Kong, TBC; Nina Gupta, Managing Director, NFDC, India, TBC; Sangeeta Singh, Director, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, India, TBC; Sudhir Misra, Filmmaker, India; Sunil Doshi, Film Producer, India; Parminder Vir OBE, Producer and Financier, UK; and Peter Belsito, Executive Vice President, Film Finders (Withoutabox), USA.

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