Mumbai: A roundtable on “Expanding India – SEO Cooperation” was organized during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Film Festival in Mumbai.
In this regard, the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said in a press release, “A round table meeting on ‘Expanding India-SEO Cooperation’ was organized during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Film Festival in Mumbai. Organized by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, National Film Development Corporation and Invest India Film Facilitation Office, the session was chaired by Neeraja Shekhar, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Coordinated by Joint Secretary (Films) and Managing Director, National Film Development Corporation Prithul Kumar. The session urged SCO member countries to promote talent exchange, explore co-production agreements with India and reap the benefits of existing Indian film incentives through joint projects.
India currently has bilateral audio-visual co-production agreements with China and Russia. Agreements with member countries such as Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan to undertake production work were seriously considered. There has been one Indo-Chinese co-production and one Indo-Russian co-production in the last 6 years.
5 films for China, 2 for Iran, 1 for Kazakhstan, 1 for Nepal, 2 for Russia, 1 for Sri Lanka and 1 for Turkey have been given permission to shoot in India. Various Indian films have been shot in almost all the member states. The main objective of the roundtable is to share experiences and advise on improving the overall environment based on incentives for foreign manufacturing and official co-products announced by the Government of India,” it said.