France- The Country of Honor at the 53rd International Indian Film Festival, Goa-Entertainment News, Firstpost

A special year for Indo-French film ties as our two countries are celebrated at each other’s film festivals.

On the occasion of the 75e anniversary of India’s independence, India was named “Country of Honor” at the Cannes Film Festival Market. High-level professionals and government delegations from India were present at the Festival, where Indian films were screened in the Special Screenings and Cannes Classics categories. This first distinction, conferred on India, symbolizes the important role that cinema plays in the bilateral relationship between India and France in the cultural field.

To reciprocate, International Indian Film Festival (IFFI Goa)which is one of the most important festivals in Asia, will present France in the “Country Focus” segment during its next edition on the 20e at 28e November 2022. The history of the art of cinema dates back to the rich cinematographic traditions of France, which boasts of august names like Auguste and Louis Lumière to Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut and Claude Chabrol, the pioneers of cinema.

Speaking ahead of the event, the French Ambassador to India, HE Mr. Emmanuel Lenain, said: “Cinema is a powerful tool for bringing the French and Indian peoples closer together. France and India are two nations with a long and rich cinematic history and thriving film industries. Indian cinema was honored in June at the Cannes Film Festival, on the occasion of the 75e India’s Independence Day. Conversely, France will be the flagship country of the International Film Festival of India with an astonishing selection of contemporary French films. I hope Indian audiences will enjoy them. ”

The French cinema program that will be screened at IFFI Goa includes:

Carte blanche:

  1. The Children of Others by Rebecca Zlotowski
  2. Ouistreham (Between Two Worlds) by Emmanuel Carrère
  3. Belle and Sébastien: New Generation (Belle et Sébastien – Next Generation) by Pierre Coré
  4. The Crossing of Florence Miailhe
  5. 16 years old (Sixteen) by Philippe Lioret
  6. The Snow Panther by Marie Amiguet
  7. Nicolas Pariser’s Green Perfume
  8. The Tiger and the President by Jean-Marc Peyrefitte
  9. On Friday, Robinson (Tribute to Godard) by Mitra Farahani
  10. Special sessions:
  1. With Love and Relentlessness by Claire Denis
  2. Pacifiction – Torment on the Islands (Pacification) by Albert Serra
  3. One Fine Morning by Mia Hansen Love

France, the country that gave birth to the “big screen”, is also very present on OTT platforms. Several contemporary and classic French films and series are available on various platforms in India. Overall, among European platforms, French films represented 4.5% of European content broadcast in 2021. French films rank 3rd in terms of the most promoted content (up one place compared to 2020), and #1 in non-English content promoted on the European TVOD platform.

Some key points on the French cinema and audiovisual industry:

France produced 300 feature films and 5,000 hours of TV & WEB programs in 2021.

Foreign pre-financing at its highest level since 2001: the first commitments of broadcasters and international partners are a sign of confidence in French production

Record export flow in 2021: €189.8 million in 2021 (+20% compared to 2020) including:

  • International pre-sales: €101.5 million (record), +30.5% compared to 2020
  • Investments in international co-productions: €88.4 million (the highest since 2003), up 10.2% compared to 2020

A global financial flow from abroad of €680 million

The global financial flow from abroad for television includes:

  • International sales of French TV programs and international pre-financing (investments in presale and co-production)
  • Foreign expenses in France for international TV projects (beneficiaries of the Tax Relief for International Productions – TRIP).
  • Strong attractiveness of TRIP: spending in France for foreign projects soared in 2021
  • In 2021, an overall financial flow of €678.6 million, the highest level ever recorded (+38.8% compared to 2020)

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