Specials

Ficci-IIFA film biz forum in Amsterdam

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/event-coverage/2016/04/06/ficci.jpg?itok=qlcw_ock

MUMBAI: Even as superstar Amitabh Bachchan urged the Indian film industry to change its attitude to make further inroads globally, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) and the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) announced holding a Global Business Forum in Amsterdam.

The Amsterdam forum is scheduled to be held from 9-11 June 2005 and is slated to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Netherlands. There will be a session on cinema and entertainment titled `Unleashing The Power of Cinema.'

Panelists will look at filming and production incentives in Amsterdam, while issues of financing and digital rights management will be discussed along with technological trends.

Speaking on the state of the Indian film industry this morning at the Ficci-Frames, IFA brand ambassador Bachchan said that the critics of the film industry have been silenced and a bright future awaits the industry, provided some more changes in the attitude is brought about.

"The prophets of doom have been silenced. Indian cinema will be bigger than Hollywood in 2020. Our cinema which is an instrument of social change is increasingly being viewed with empathy," Bachchan said, indicating that entertainment will be a key driver in the new economy.

"As long as there is self belief and self sufficiency we can turn fantasy to reality. Tomorrow we might view a classic on a wrist watch. Having said that we must not get carried away by technical gizmos. The 35 mm screen is the ideal way to view a film," he said.

However, Bachchan did admit that the film industry does not always function as a cohesive whole.

"We are splintered into factions. Our vocabulary defines us as being glitzy, moody and self indulgent. We must change the definition to include the words hard working and combative. That is because how we view ourselves will shape how we behave," he hammered in a point.

He was also critical of the film industry using terms like crossover cinema, which, according to him, display a condescending and patronising attitude.

"We have as many quality films as Hollywood. Indian popular cinema has become 'cool' in the eyes of the world. We must

sustain this 'cool wave'. The critic who says that popular cinema has no deeper meaning, cannot see anything positive in entertainment. The success of Devdas and Lagaan has shown that we have potential to reach the overseas market.

"Therefore it is imperative that our marketing and distribution strategies be on the ball. The curiosity of foreigners can be exploited in different ways," he added.

PIRACY CONCERNS MPA

Meanwhile the Motion Picture Association of America (MPA) president Daniel Glickman dwelt on the menace of piracy at the Ficci Frames and urged measures to arrest this trend or the entertainment industry will have to face huge losses.

"Piracy is seen as a victimless act. Copyright theft damages a creative society. The fact is that for every Tom Cruise making $20 million, there are 500,000 people struggling to earn a livelihood. So every pirated good and download hits them hard," Glickman said.

Last year 225 million pirated discs were seized in China and the American film industry lost $903 million in revenue from Asia in 2004. The total estimate is $3.5 billion.

" Any European or American film can be found on DVD in China within days of its release. I urge your government to bring up the issue of piracy during trade dialogues with China. It is also important that global law enforcement

agencies share knowledge with each other," Glickman pointed out, giving the issue a political touch too.

He added that recently the MPA had launched anti piracy trailers in cinema halls across Asia. The message: if a person does not steal a car or a mobile phone, then why does he/she steal a film?

From Malaysia six million pirated discs were seized last year. 600,000 of them were Indian. In Holland last month, 150,000 pirated Indian discs were seized.

Another problem for him is the peer to peer sharing on the Internet. In the future, with technology rapidly advancing, it would be possible to download a film in 90 seconds.

On a more positive note, the MPA executive said that movies "feed the imagination and soul." Bollywood and Hollywood have a shared vision of entertaining and making money.

In an aside, Glickman also brought up broadcasting issues and expressed concern over the Indian government trying to fixing the ceiling on channel prices and having an interconnect law, which says that content must be provided to a distributor on request.

" There is no precedent for this anywhere in the world. Also, this will not benefit the consumer," Glickman said, reiterating some of the submissions that the MPA had submitted to broadcast regulator some months back on the same lines.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/08/06/avia.jpg?itok=njOnU16F
Casbaa becomes the Asia Video Industry Association

At an Extraordinary General Meeting of members today, Casbaa overwhelmingly approved the adoption of a new constitution and new name.

Specials Event Coverage Occasions
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/07/31/balle.jpg?itok=cQD_OGYf
Wizcraft’s 4th broadway styled bollywood musical stage show comes to kingdom of dream

After a glorious run in Mumbai with over 100 shows, Balle Balle - The Biggest and Craziest Indian Wedding Musical theatrical show, is all set to woo audiences in Delhi NCR.

Specials Event Coverage Occasions
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/07/06/asiasat.jpg?itok=31_HQ_RK
ConnecTechAsia Successful in Bridging the Digital Divide for Governments, Cities and Enterprises with Showcase of Latest Tech and Trends

ConnecTechAsia, the inaugural mega technology event comprising BroadcastAsia, CommunicAsia and the new NXTAsia wrapped up last week after an exciting three days of exhibitions and a summit covering the latest innovations in cloud, blockchain, AI, VR/AR, IoT, robotics, 5G, IP broadcasting, OTT and...

Specials Event Coverage Occasions
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/06/25/block.jpg?itok=746SRwdG
Lessons Learned With Bitcoin

Blockchain technology is one of the newest buzzwords in business. It is hardly surprising considering that the tech is having such an impact over so many different industries.

Specials Promonet feature
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/06/05/ril.jpg?itok=srJ0kbdQ
The company is collaborating with Lakme Fashion Week and designer Anita Dongre

World Environment Day - 2018 is going to be special as India is hosting global celebrations of the event today. To commemorate the occasion, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has launched a special T-shirt, branded ?The Earth Tee? and designed by renowned fashion designer Anita Dongre, under its unique...

Specials Event Coverage Occasions
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/04/11/promax_0.jpg?itok=mwaud0s2
Promaxbda India 2018 announces Puja Vohra and Glenn Urquhart as their masterclass speakers

PromaxBDA India has announced its first 2 Masterclass speakers for the 15th edition of its annual conference and awards property in India, which will take place on 23rd May 2018. Speaking at the Masterclass are truTV?s Puja Vohra and creative mastermind Glenn Urquhart.

Specials Event Coverage Occasions
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/03/19/goafest.jpg?itok=82nEDNeJ
ABBY Awards 2018 shortlists announced

The coveted ABBY Awards that recognizes and rewards excellence across Advertising, Marketing and Media has now announced that the shortlists for the 2018 edition have started being posted, by category.

Specials Event Coverage Occasions
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/03/09/ficci.jpg?itok=HsYryGot
Ficci Frames and market concludes on grand note

The FICCI Frames and the newly launched content market as part of FICCI Frames 2018 concluded on a grand note.

Specials Event Coverage Ficci Frames
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/03/07/ficci_1.jpg?itok=loYrY-cA
Screen Density: Lessons from the world & Exploring new business models

n Day 2 of FICCI FRAMES happening in Mumbai, there was a session on Screen Density in India attended by some eminent panelists consisting of Mr. William Feng, VP, Greater China, MPA, Kurt Rieder, Head-Theatrical Asia, 20th Century Fox, Kapil Agarwal, Joint MD, UFO, Kamal Gianchandani, Chief of...

Specials Event Coverage Ficci Frames

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories