India and Spain today signed an Audio visual Co-production Agreement seeking to improve cooperation between the two countries in the film sector. The Agreement was signed between Ambika Soni, Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Jose Garcia Margallo Y. Marfil, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Spain.
The agreement establishes a legal framework for relations regarding cooperation between the two countries in the audio visual field thereby facilitating the development of the audio visual industry. The framework for co production includes feature films, documentary and animation films.
An official statement from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting says, “The agreement provides opportunities for both the countries to pool their creative, artistic, technical, financial and marketing resources to co-produce films. The co-production would provide an opportunity to create and showcase ‘soft power’ of our Country. It would also lead to generation of employment among artistic, technical as well as non-technical personnel engaged in the arena of film production including post-production and its marketing, thus adding to the country’s GDP. The utilization of Indian locales for shooting raises the visibility/ prospects of India as a preferred film shooting destination across the globe. It will also lead to inflow of foreign exchange into the country and transparent funding of film production.”
India has already signed co-production agreements with Italy, UK and Northern Ireland, Germany, Brazil, France, New Zealand and Poland.