Film co-production pacts

New Delhi, April 20 | Updated: Apr 21 2005, 05:44am hrs
India is likely to talk film co-production agreements, when Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi visits the country next week, it is learnt. India wants foreign producers to use Indian locales for shooting films, information and broadcasting minister S Jaipal Reddy had pointed out recently. Similarly, co-production pacts would help Indian producers shoot in foreign locales at a much lower cost.

Animation is among the areas of interest for India, and the talks with Japan are also expected to focus on this. Single-window clearance for import of film-related equipment is yet another important issue being considered by the government. India is looking at better technology and greater investments in films, according to an official in the I&B ministry. We will wait for inputs from the Japanese side, he added.

Besides Japan, other countries with which India is keen on co-production agreements include the UK, Germany, France, Singapore, and Italy.