Georgia woos Indian filmmakers for co-productions

MUMBAI: Georgia woos Indian filmmakers for co-productionsMUMBAI: The Ambassador of Georgia in India, Zurab Katchkatchishvili, has invited Indian filmmakers for indulging in co-productions with the Georgian film industry.

Katchkatchishvili said at IFFI 2010 that his government will provide incentives especially to Indian filmmakers who opt for co-productions or shoot in Georgia. In the Country Focus on Georgia at IFFI 2010, five films will be screened.

He said that his government is working on some of the tax incentives and would do everything possible to facilitate filmmakers coming to Georgia. He also disclosed that representatives of Indian film industry will be visiting Georgia before the end of this year to see the picturesque locales and to explore possibilities of co-productions. Katchkatchishvili said that his was a small country with diversified and beautiful landscapes that offer a huge variety to any filmmaker. The ambassador said, "We would like to get more Indian filmmakers to Georgia making it more appealing than Switzerland."

Since its independence about 20 years ago, Georgia has only produced 20 films. The country has been through turbulent times witnessing three civil wars and financial crisis. On an average, three films are produced every year and most of them are co-productions.

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