Canada and India have signed an international coproduction treaty for film.
The audio-visual coproduction agreement, allowing producers in both countries to tap subsidies, was signed today (February 24) in New Delhi by the Canadian high commissioner in India, Stewart Beck; and I&B secretary Shri Bimal Julka.
“I was pleased to witness the signing of the audio-visual coproduction agreement, which will deepen the level of engagement between our respective audio-visual sectors,” David Johnston, Canada’s governor general, said in a statement.
Recent Canadian documentary productions such as The World Before Her (pictured above), The Market and Mallamall have told stories set in India, while for its part, the Indian documentary has been growing, with recent docs such as by recent films like Powerless, Fire In The Blood and Gulabi Gang.
Both partners in the pact aim for their filmmakers to shoot in either country, and for their national cinema to be distributed in their respective markets.
In a statement, Sophy Sivaraman, executive director of the Indian Documentary Foundation, said: “This treaty will solidify the long-standing friendship and partnership between Canadian and Indian documentary, and enable Indian filmmakers to benefit from the depth of skills and expertise in the Canadian industry”.
Pepita Ferrari, director and chair of Canada’s DOC organization, added: “This new coproduction treaty between Canada and India is very timely given the recent accolades on the world stage for documentaries on subjects particular to India produced by filmmakers from our two countries.
“It is a great example of how documentary allows us to share our stories to inspire and unite people around the world.”
With additional files by Adam Benzine.