In order to strengthen ties between India and Canada, and to boost Film Tourism, the two countries have entered into an Audiovisual Co-production Treaty, effective July 1, 2014. The Treaty allows film producers from both nations to combine their creative, technical and financial resources to create audiovisual co-productions between India and Canada, in effect helping to create job opportunities and economic growth in both countries.
Chris Alexander, Canadian Minister for Citizenship & Immigration, and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) celebrated the Canada-India Audiovisual Co-production Treaty recently in Mumbai. Other dignitaries present at the event were Stewart G Beck, High Commissioner, Canada High Commission, New Delhi; Richard Bale, Consul General for Canada, Mumbai; Sidney Frank, Minister (Immigration) India, Nepal, Bhutan, High Commission of Canada, Delhi; and Ramesh Sippy, Co-Chairman, FICCI Entertainment Committee.
The Treaty presents long-term prosperity in Canada as it attracts foreign investment and creates business opportunities for the audiovisual industry, and generates employment for Canadians through audiovisual co-productions that may not have been made otherwise.
“Film is the best way to showcase the innumerable offerings of a destination. Cinema is a beautiful medium to convey the message. Canada is a gigantic country and has massive potential for film shoots. Celebrating the Canada-India Audiovisual Co-production Treaty, which is the first-of-its kind, we look forward to a deeper level of engagement between our respective audiovisual sectors, greater cultural and economic benefits to both countries and increased access to audiences worldwide,” said Alexander.
“In order to educate stakeholders of the film industry on the technicalities of the Treaty, a series of sessions will be organised in Goa and Chennai in October or November this year. We are looking at timing the seminar in Goa with the Film Bazaar that will take place in the state in November,” informed Bale.
Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, stated, “Our government has actively set out to make Canada a co-production partner of choice and an even better place to do business. We have good reasons to be celebrating as the Treaty between Canada and India is the very first to come into effect since the implementation of Canada’s Policy on Audiovisual Treaty Coproduction in 2013.”