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Govt to explore co-operation with China for joint production & distribution of films

NEW DELHI: I&B secretary Sunil Arora has proposed that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the National Film Development Corporation and its Chinese counterpart may be explored for joint production and distribution of films between the two countries.

Fuzhou People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries president Yang Yue agreed to look into the matter further. He invited Indian representatives to visit Fuzhou for the third Silk Road International Film Festival. India had earlier participated as a focus country in the second Silk Road International Film Festival in September 2015 and a delegation from the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) and Directorate of Film Festivals had attended the festival last year.

Arora met Yue and his delegation members to discuss cooperation between the two countries in areas pertaining to co-production of movies and import of more Indian movies to China. Joint secretary (films) K Sanjay Murthy and senior officers from the MIB were also present during the meeting.

India and China signed an audio-visual co-production agreement in September 2014. In the recent past, India permitted filming of three Chinese films in the country, namely ‘Lost in India’, ‘Kung Fu Yoga’ and ‘Xuan Zang’. The film ‘Xuan Zang’ was a co-production between Chinese Film Company Ltd and Eros (India) International. The movie ‘Kung Fu Yoga’ is currently being filmed in India.