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    Eight French films at IFFI Goa

    By Staff

    Wednesday, November 22, 2006

    UNI: Eight French films will be screened at the 37th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which will get under way in Panaji on November 23.

    A ten-member French delegation will be attending the festival.

    ''I am delighted that the French participation at this year's IFFI will also be important thanks to our joint efforts. 8 French productions will be showcased at this 37th edition of IFFI and 10 delegates will be coming from France to attend the festival. Goa is undoubtely becoming an international platform for cinema,'' said Dominique Girard, Ambassador of France in India, in a media release.

    From internationally renowned directors like Olivier Assayas (Jury Member) and Benoit Jacquot to high-ranking decision makers like Xavier Merlin, Director International Relations of CNC (National Center of Cinema, public body organisation which handles the French Government entertainment policy) will come down to the tiny coastal state, which is hosting the festival for the third time in a row.

    Merlin will address CII conference to talk about co-productions, and meet Information and Broadcasting ministry representatives to discuss the future co-production treaty, which will be signed at the next Cannes film festival, the release added.

    Mr Daniel Goudineau, Managing Director, France Television Cinema, will be presenting 'Digital Cinema' during a conference organised by CII and will also be presenting two films produced by France Television Cinemas (Selon Charlie and Le Caiman).

    Mr FranÇois Da Silva, Artistic Advisor of writer-director-producer Luc Besson (Europacorp), will be on a business trip to explore potential business opportunities with the indian entertainment industry and meet indian producers and will be visiting Yash Raj studios in Mumbai. He is also hopeful of coming back to France with some movies to distribute there, the release added.

    Mr Serge Sobczynski, in charge of the section 'Cinemas du Monde' at the Cannes film festival, will also be present. To commemorate the 60th anniversary of Indian independence and the 60th anniversary of the Cannes film festival, cinema of the world will showcase a selection of Indian films at the 2007 film festival in Cannes in the 'Cinemas of the world' section.

    Mr Franck Priot, Deputy Director General of 'Film France' will explain and describe the opportunities to shoot in France, especially implemented for Indian Filmakers at the occasion of a roundtable organised at the Film Bazaar.

    The French delegation will be led by Mr Philippe Martinet, Cultural Counsellor, and Mr Mohamed Bendjebbour, Head of the Film and TV Department, Embassy of France.

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