The India Pavilion at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) 2019 was inaugurated by Mr Matthijis Wouter Knol, Director European Film Market (EFM); Mrs Paramita Tripathi, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India in Berlin and Mr Peter Domsch, Head of Sales & Technical Department, EFM were also present on the occasion. The poster of IFFI 2019 was also inaugurated by the dignitaries during the inaugural ceremony. The Berlin International Film Festival being held from 7th – 17th February 2019 at Berlin, Germany. An India Pavilion is being set-up at the Festival to act as a platform to popularize Indian Cinema in the overseas market and facilitate new business opportunities.
Members of the Indian delegation including Addl. DG, Directorate of Film Festivals, Shri Chaitanya Prasad and Director, Films, Ministry of I&B Shri GC Aron, apprised the EFM representatives about the significance of Golden Jubilee celebration of IFFI, the recent policy initiatives of Government to ensure ease of filming in India, and launch of the Web portal Film Facilitation Office for online application for film shooting at a single point and efforts of Government through amendment to the Cinematograph Act to tackle film piracy.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Knol, Director, EFM said that the stakeholders of EFM would actively consider participating in the Golden Jubilee year of IFFI. He also underlined that the participation would pave a way forward for a more proactive interaction between the Indian stakeholders & the Industry with the organizers of Berlinale in future.
The Deputy Chief of Mission, Mrs Tripathi in her remarks expressed that the Indian Mission in Berlin would undertake constant engagement in future with Indian & German stakeholders at the European Film Market to promote a viable exchange in all areas related to participation in IFFI 2019 and the Berlin Film Festival along with working towards widening prospects of shooting of films in India.
Earlier in the day, prior to inaugural, there was a brief discussion between the Indian delegation & Mr Carlo Chatrian, Festival Director Designate, Berlin Film Festival, regarding future collaborations of participating in IFFI Goa 2019. He expressed hope that there will be more active participation from the Indian Government and other stakeholders in the future editions of Berlinale.