Films development: India & Portugal to work out co-production pact

NEW DELHI: India and Portugal have agreed to work out modalities for a co-production agreement in the Film Sector in a time-bound manner keeping in mind the legal aspects of such an agreement.

A possibility of a Memorandum of Understanding between the public broadcasters of both countries to share best practices and seek cooperation in technical and content related matters was also discussed.

Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore at a meeting with Portugal Culture Minister Luis Filipe Castro Mendes today apprised the Portuguese Minister on the initiatives taken by MIB to provide Single Window clearances for Foreign Film Producers in the country through the Film Facilitation Office. He also highlighted the prestigious National Film Heritage Mission of the Government to digitise, restore, and preserve the rich filmic heritage of the Country.

(India already has such audio-visual agreements with several countries including France, Canada, New Zealand, Brazil. germany, Italy and the United Kingdom.)

He also told the Portuguese Minister about the Indian Instute of Mass Communications and Film and Television Institute of India as the premier educational institutes in the field of Journalism and Film Production respectively in the country. The Ministers discussed the possibility of Student Exchange programmes between educational institutions of both the countries and expressed interest for possible co-operation in the areas of information and communication technology and Start-ups.

The scheduled meeting of the Portuguese Prime Minister with the film fraternity at Goa on 12 January 2017 organized by FICCI was also discussed.

The Ministers expressed interest in sharing of experiences and best practices in Social Media to enhance the outreach.

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