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Rolf advises Indian filmmakers

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Panaji, (UNI): Renowned Australian filmmaker Rolf De Heer, who is on the Jury of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here, says Indian films can command much greater impact but for the lack of desired attention to sound.

''Sixty per cent of the emotional content of a film comes from sound and music, so the filmmakers here should think about it,'' he said.

The country has now technical capability and facilities to match the Western production, so it can do the sound part of the film flawlessly and simultaneously with the shooting instead of resorting to dubbing afterwards, said Mr Heer.

His advice came during his remarks on India-Australia film ties during a press conference at IFFI here.

If Indian filmmakers make up on this count, it can create wonders for total effects, as the Indian cinema is already so rich in costumes and songs.

A special retrospective of the films by Mr Heer is one of the highlights of this year's IFFI.

In the Australian filmmaker's view, India and his country can learn a lot from each other.

Replying to a question, he said migration is taking place and interaction between the two countries is growing, so there are natural stories, which opens up the possibility of co-production.

However, Mr Anupam Sharma, chairman of Sydney based Australian India Film Council, added that there were some tricky issues regarding the co-production treaty between the two countries.

There is no apex body in India which is solely concerned and authorised to promote Indian films.

''We have had some discussion with the National Film Development Corporation in this connection, as the Australian Film Council was quite keen to have some kind of agreement for shooting in India.

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