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Indian Delegation at Berlinale 2019 discusses Collaboration with Venice International Film Festival

Newdelhi;10/2/19:Ministry of Information &Broadcasting, in collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industry, is participating at the Berlin International Film Festival(Berlinale) 2019. India Pavilion has been set up at Berlinale to showcase Indian Cinema at the global platform and facilitate new business opportunities in Media & Entertainment sector.

The Indian Delegation at Berlinale met with Mr Pascal Diot, Head of Venice Production Bridge, Venice International Film Festival. During the meeting, Mr Diot expressed his interest to work with India and IFFI. He also emphasised on giving prominent presence to India and IFFI 2029 at Venice International Film Festival 2019.

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The Delegation also met Ms Hannah Fisher, Senior International Program Consultant, Heartland Film Festival, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Ms. Annabelle Sheehan, CEO, and Ms. Jasmin McSweeney, Head of Marketing, New Zealand Film Commission; Mr. Ian Wallace, Manager, Audiovisual Coproduction for Canadian Heritage among others.

Ms. Fisher talked about opportunities of future collaboration with IFFI 2019 and discussed scope of working together to showcase India at the Heartland Film Festival and their participation at IFFI 2019. She graciously offered her participation and support for IFFI 2019. The delegation from New Zealand Film Commission expressed their interest to work with India and discussed on taking up progressive developments regarding the India-New Zealand Co-production treaties.The Indian Delegation, through these interactions, promoted Golden Jubilee edition of IFFI, ease of shooting films in India through Film Facilitation Office that facilitates Single Window Clearance for film-makers and provides the platform for ‘film tourism’ in India through the website www.ffo.gov.in. The Delegation also explored opportunities regarding co-production with India and collaborations for films with international production houses.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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