New Delhi, February 28: India and Ukraine have agreed to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between the two countries through the medium of Cinema. The cooperation would be worked out through a policy and institutional framework to showcase films through the medium of Film Festivals and utilizing the Film Facilitation Office platform established by India. These issues were discussed during the meeting between I&B Minister Venkaiah Naidu and Iurii Artemenko, Chairman of the National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukrainian.During the discussions, Naidu said that Ministry of Information & Broadcasting would extend all possible support to promote exchange programs between public broadcasters of the two countries, content creation, screening and distribution of films. The possibility of translating programs and content and providing subtitles in respective languages of both the countries was also discussed with respect to the Public Broadcasters of both the countries.
Naidu also apprised the delegation about the Film Facilitation Office recently set up in the Ministry to facilitate single window clearance for filmmakers. The FFO act as a facilitation point for film producers and assist them in obtaining requisite permissions, disseminate information on shooting locales as well as the facilities available in the Indian film industry for production/post production.Iurii Artemenko said that Ukraine Government were taking efforts to organize an Indian Film Festival in Ukraine to promote Cultural ties between the two countries through the medium of Cinema. He extended a personal invitation to I&B Minister for the Film Festival to be organized in the near future. He also expressed interest in showcasing programs based on Indian weddings, Touristic places such as Rajasthan and different Indian Cuisines.
Deliberations were also held for organizing Film Festivals showcasing each other’s movies in respective countries and the possibility of participating in Film Festivals as Partner Countries.