With the official co-production treaty between Australia and India in the process of being finalised, the Asia Pacific Screen Forum is putting a spotlight on collaboration between the two countries. IF speaks to filmmaker and Australia India Film Council chair Anupam Sharma about the opportunities the agreement might bring.
Producers Cathy Rodda and Lisa Duff have joined Anupam Sharma’s feature 'Honour', with the social thriller to be presented at India’s Film Bazaar, the largest South Asian film market, later this month.
A co-production treaty between Australia and India is a step closer to being finalised after the Indian Government approved the signing of the agreement.
Finalised at last month's Cannes Film Festival, where India was the country of honour, the agreement provides a framework of goals and initiatives to facilitate greater project collaboration, co-production, and cross-cultural partnerships between the Australian and Indian film industries.
Australian film projects made in collaboration with India have the potential to deliver on issues the industry is “constantly talking about", according to Australian India Film Council chair Anupam Sharma.
Susan Moylan-Coombs will chair Screen Queensland's inaugural Equity and Diversity Taskforce, designed to develop three-year diversity plan for film, series and games in the state.
A new council has been established with the aim of building stronger ties between the Australian and Indian film industries.