India to ink co-production treaties with China, France

Cannes: Hardly has the ink dried on the India – UK co-production treaty, comes the news that two more co-production treaties with China and France are in the offing.

The text of the agreement with China has been agreed upon and the treaty is slated to be signed soon.

The co-production treaty with France is simultaneously being worked upon. "The agreement for film production is already in place as a part of the treaty but the clauses for TV and documentary film making are being worked upon due to some differences," said Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry additional secretary Uday Kumar Varma.

These treaties will aim to give a national status to films from both countries, preference for screenings and also shooting locations.

Commenting on the status of the Indo-German co-production treaty Varma informed that two proposals for films have been received.     

Apart from Germany, India also has co production treaties with Brazil, Italy and UK being most recent one.

"We look for creative, technical, financial and strategic synergies to sign co-production treaties," concluded Varma.

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