February 24, 2014
Canada and India have signed an international co production treaty for film. Canadian high commissioner in India, Stewart Beck, and Indian Information and Broadcasting Ministry Secretary Bimal Julka, headed the signing ceremony on Monday in New Delhi.
The audio-visual agreement will allow producers from both countries to tap subsidies, shoot in either country and for their national cinema to be distributed in their respective markets.
Canada’s governor general David Johnston was present for the signing and says that the agreement will deepen the level of engagement between India and Canada’s audio-visual sectors.
Johnston said, “the agreement promises to bring cultural and economic benefits to Canadians and Indians — while entertaining and inspiring audiences worldwide.”
Recent Canadian documentary productions such as The World Before Her (dir. Nisha Pahuja), The Market (dir. Rama Rau) and Mallamall (dir. Lalita Krishna) speak to the interest Canadian filmmakers have of telling stories set in India, while the numerous international awards garnered by these films attest to their appeal the world over.
Canadian documentarian, Elisa Paloschi (Driving with Selvi) is among members of the Canadian delegation traveling with His Excellency and clearly wishes to continue the award-winning trend for Canadian documentaries with the upcoming release of her film.
Paloschi says: “As a Canadian filmmaker currently working in India, I’m honoured to be here to bear witness to this historic moment. It’s exciting to imagine the creative cross-pollination that this treaty will encourage, and the ways in which our documentary industries will grow together.”