The inaugural session of the Indian Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival 2018 was held earlier today.
Hosted by noted actor Sharad Kelkar, the Indian delegation present consisted of H.E. Vinay Mohan Kwatra, Hon’ble Ambassador of India to France, Ashok Kumar Parmar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of I&B, Govt. of India, Prasoon Joshi, Writer, Poet and Chairman, Central Board of Film Certification India, Vani Tripathi Tikoo Member, Central Board of Film Certification, Producer and Director, Jerome Paillard, Executive Director, Marche Du Film Festival, Cannes Film Market (not in picture), Huma Qureshi, Film Actress, Shaji Karun, Film maker, Jahnu Barua, Film maker and Bharat Bala, Film maker.
With a strong delegation from the country, the agenda this year is to showcase diversity in films of our country while furthering collaborations with various other countries.
Speaking about the growth of the nation being well reflected through our cinema H.E Vinay Mohan Kwatra, said “What is happening in our country currently is the unprecedented transformation in technology and the economy. This growing externalities is also reflected in our Cinema of the country.”
Jerome Paillard added saying “The Indian Pavilion is a very important tool to help connecting the worldwide European and worldwide community of films.”
Speaking about Indo-French Cinema collaboration Vani Tripathi Tikoo, said “It is a fantastic relationship, we have had, both with the Cannes film festival and the French film industry. In recent times films like Tamasha and Befikre were shot extensively in this part of the world and found great resonance with the narrative story telling between the two countries.”
“One of the major reasons why the members of steering committee from the international film festival of India, Goa are here, is to ensure deeper collaborations between Goa as a film festival with filmmakers across the world.” She added.
During the Inaugural address, Prasoon Joshi said “I am happy that the national awards this year and the ministry have taken special efforts in showcasing the regional cinema at such platform. We should also reach out to young filmmakers who might not have access to a festival like this. Let’s create many mini Cannes film festivals all around the world to help more and more filmmakers.”
Filmmaker Jahnu Barua shared his thoughts saying India has great content in terms of cinema and so far only a little has been exposed to the world. “There is so much more to explore.” He said.
Filmmaker Shaji Karun spoke about how the Cannes Film Festival helped him with his very first film saying “Cannes discovered the filmmaker in me. It gave me an opportunity to get my film recognized here in France and in other countries.”
“The government with all its initiatives and support for young film makers have created competitive opportunity.” Added filmmaker Bharat Bala.
Today, with such platforms, filmmakers are getting share their films with the world” concluded Actress Huma Qureshi whose first film Gangs of Wasseypur was screened at Cannes in the Directors Fortnight section in 2012.