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India, Canada Sign Co-Pro Treaty

Magazine article Screen International

India, Canada Sign Co-Pro Treaty

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India and Canada have signed a co-production agreement, wrapping up talks that have been on-going since 2010.

The agreement was signed in New Delhi by India's Information & Broadcasting Secretary Bimal Julka, and Canada's High Commissioner to India, Stuart Beck, during the visit of Canada's Governor General David Johnston to India.

Co-productions made under the agreement will have access to Canadian subsidies and tax breaks and also be eligible for India's National Film Awards and the Indian Panorama section of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI). India also has some government assistance available to filmmakers.

India's Ministry of Information & Broadcasting also said that the treaty could lead to more Canadian films shooting in India. "The agreement will also lead to the transparent funding of film production and will boost export of Indian films into the Canadian market," the I&B Ministry said in a statement.

India already has co-production treaties with the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, Brazil and New Zealand. …

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