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India explores opportunities for co-production and collaborations in films with International counterparts

Berlin:25/2/20:Members of the Indian delegation at the Berlin International Film Festival-2020 today met representatives of European Film Market, EFM and held elaborate discussions on the significance of 51st International Film Festival of India, IFFI.

During the meeting in Berlin, they held discussions including on the recent policy initiatives of Government of India to ensure Ease of Filming including setting up of a single window system Film Facilitation Office  and its web portal www.ffo.gov.in for online application for shooting films in India.

The delegation led by Joint Secretary (Films) in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting  TCA Kalyani  also met Mr Matthijis Wouter Knol, Director of EFM. Mr Knol, said that the stakeholders of EFM would actively consider participating in the 51st IFFI.

He also underlined that the participation would pave a way forward for a more proactive interaction between the Indian stakeholders and the industry with the organizers of Berlinale in future. Mr Knol expressed hope that there will be more active participation from the Indian Government and other stakeholders in the future editions of Berlinale.

The delegation also met heads of prominent Festival and Film Commissions. The representatives from Raindance and Edinburgh Film Festivals talked about opportunities of future collaboration with IFFI-2020 and discussed scope of working together to showcase India at their prominent festivals.

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry in collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industry, is participating in the Berlin International Film Festiva-2020 being held from 20th February in Berlin, Germany. An India Pavilion has been set-up at the festival to act as a platform to popularize Indian cinema in overseas market and facilitate new business opportunities.

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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